51 Tennis Quotes About Life From Tennis Players and Coaches

In this post, we share with our readers inspirational tennis quotes about life from tennis players, coaches, and famous people. Tennis involves so many aspects of real life that it has been described as “life in miniature” by American tennis player Andre Agassi. Tennis involves fierce competition, ups and downs, hard work, success, failure, and a plethora of other things that occur in everyday life. This is echoed by the tennis quotes about life in this post.

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  1. Life is like a tennis game. You can’t win without serving. Arthur Ashe, American tennis player

  2. From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life. Arthur Ashe, American tennis player

  3. Life is a lot more beautiful when you have to struggle and fight for something, you know. It’s always a little sweeter at the end when, you know, when you get what you want. Mark Philippoussis, Australian tennis coach

  4. There are times when you can’t play, whatever the circumstances are. Tennis does go on. You just have to find other things in your life at that moment. Venus Williams, American tennis player

  5. Tennis uses the language of life. Advantage, service, fault, break, love – the basic elements of tennis are those of everyday existence, because every match is a life in miniature. Andre Agassi, American tennis player

  6. We have to fight through our pain and find a way to get through it. Life is about fighting through that pain and, when you can, easing the pain of others. Andre Agassi, American tennis player

  7. I always believe if you’re stuck in a hole and maybe things aren’t going well you will come out stronger. Everything in life is this way. Roger Federer, Swiss tennis player

  8. When you do something best in life, you don’t really want to give that up – and for me it’s tennis. Roger Federer, Swiss tennis player

  9. Life is about challenges and how we face up to them and the attitude we take into every day life so hopefully we’ll be able to motivate people to do more with their life. Martina Navratilova, American tennis player

  10. The positive attitude that gets you through life, and it is a choice. I’ve always been too much of an optimist where I sort of ignore bad stuff until it sits right here in front of me. Martina Navratilova, American tennis player

  11. Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional. Roger Crawford, Tennis player

  12. Life is incredibly fair or else we wouldn’t be able to learn from our mistakes. Todd Martin, American tennis player

  13. In a perfect dream, things would be set exactly the way you would want them. But I think it’s more interesting that in real life, things aren’t exactly the way you planned. Naomi Osaka, Japanese tennis player

  14. Sometimes life doesn’t go as planned and you just gotta find joy in the unknown. Naomi Osaka, Japanese tennis player

  15. The important thing is to learn a lesson every time you lose. Life is a learning process and you have to try to learn what’s best for you. John McEnroe, American tennis player

  16. You always need to try hard to find solutions. It’s the same in life or tennis. Stan Wawrinka, Swiss tennis player

  17. I don’t want to waste a single day of my life being stagnant or staying still and not elevating myself through experiences. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greek tennis player

  18. I have to really work to get things in life. Things don’t come easy. I refuse to give up. That’s simply how it works with me. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Greek tennis player

  19. Sometimes life has other plans and we have to open new doors that lead to exciting possibilities. Monica Puig, Puerto Rican tennis player

  20. Life makes you who you are, and my career in my tennis and my travels, the people that I’ve met, the cultures, I think that makes all that — it makes me who I am. Steffi Graf, German tennis player

  21. Sports teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose-it teaches you about life. Billie Jean King, American tennis player

  22. You can do anything in this life whether you’re in a wheelchair or not. I go to festivals, nightclubs, I travel the world. Dylan Alcott, Australian tennis player

  23. Sometimes it’s hard because you get upset on court, but I think in life one learns through experiences in order to evolve as a person. Ana Ivanovic, Serbian tennis player

  24. At one point in your life, you’ll have the thing you want or the reasons why you don’t. Andy Roddick, American tennis player

  25. I don’t have any regrets about anything I’ve done in my life. I learn from my mistakes and without mistakes I wouldn’t be where I am today. Mats Wilander, Swedish tennis player

  26. It is more important to be happy and enjoying the life you are living – win or lose. Kiki Bertens, Dutch tennis player

  27. Find something that you’re really interested in doing in your life. Pursue it, set goals, and commit yourself to excellence. Do the best you can. Chris Evert, American tennis player

  28. You just have to take life as it goes, and I believe you never get things put on you that you can’t handle. Caroline Wozniacki, Danish tennis player

  29. When you’re able to turn those somewhat negative moments in your life, turn them into something meaningful, ultimately it becomes much more powerful. Maria Sharapova, Russian tennis player

  30. I’ve grown so much from making errors and from making mistakes, whether losing matches or other things. Maria Sharapova, Russian tennis player

  31. Your personal life is much more important than your sporting one and your personal life, god willing, is much longer than your sporting one. It’s more important to be a person than a sportsperson. Rafael Nadal, Spanish tennis player

  32. My tennis career have been a priority during all my life but never have been a priority over my happiness of my life. Rafael Nadal, Spanish tennis player

  33. There’s always trials and tribulations that you go through, but it’s for a reason. And sooner or later, everything will be great. You can’t go through life without some ups and downs. Alexandra Stevenson, American tennis player

  34. When I lose a match, I know that I lose on the court and not in life. Gabriela Sabatini, Argentine tennis player

  35. There’s a lot of things in life that we don’t know why they’re coming exactly at this moment. Marat Safin, Russian tennis player

  36. Tennis is a lifelong sport that can be enjoyed by people of almost any age. It’s also something you never forget once you learn. Samantha Stosur, Australian tennis player

  37. Never give up. Take what life throws at you and throw it right back. If life keeps throwing then you have a tennis match going. Learn to like tennis. Glenn Ford

  38. All you need are a pair of tennis shoes and motivation to change the course of your life. Heidi Bond, American author

  39. Dust yourself down and take it from the top, life is a journey and this is mine. Emma Raducanu, British tennis player

  40. Sport always teaches you that no matter how many odds are against you, you can come through them. Sania Mirza, Indian tennis player

  41. Life is full of speed bumps, but I’ll be back even stronger. Jack Sock, American tennis player

  42. Live the best story of your life does not shift what you do, it shifts who you are. Bob Litwin, tennis coach

  43. Tennis is a part of my life, very important part of my life. But I don’t know, I think in this life you can do more things than just play tennis, no? I like to try to take [in] more culture and to study and to read and to learn, no? I think every day you can learn a lot of things. Félix Mantilla, Spanish tennis player

  44. I do believe in balance. For me, it would not be worth for me to be the No. 1 ranked player and have no life outside. I would never want to do that. Or the other way around. Monica Seles, former tennis player

  45. Wheelchair tennis brought so much to my life. The challenge to work on my tennis game, I just love to practice and see if all you work for will reveal in the matches. That’s so exciting and gives so much satisfaction when you succeed. Chantal Vandierendonck, Dutch tennis player

  46. All those active, young, independent, positive‑minded sports people showed me how great my life in a wheelchair still could be. I’ve learned so much from all the other players and I’m grateful for that. Chantal Vandierendonck, Dutch tennis player


Tennis player Novak Djokovic quotes about life

  1. The beauty of competitive tennis is that you never know what the next day brings. So you have to figure always out the way by yourself on the court. It’s kind of a little bit symbolic to life, as well. Novak Djokovic, Serbian tennis player

  2. We are athletes, professional athletes, that have the privilege to really be playing the sport and living life from this sport, but at the same time hopefully bringing some positive emotions to the crowds. Novak Djokovic, Serbian tennis player

  3. I generally don’t like to revert back and have regrets. I’m not holding anything back because I feel that life is just orchestrated in such a way that’s best for us as that moment to evolve as human beings. Novak Djokovic, Serbian tennis player

  4. Tennis is my life, obviously; I need to focus, I need to win. But it’s not the only thing. I’m not going to play forever. Novak Djokovic, Serbian tennis player

  5. I try to be true to my core values but I’ve always said that the only constant in my life is change. I’m someone that has that kind of approach to life and try to be as best a human being as I can possibly be. Novak Djokovic, Serbian tennis player



A fun quiz is a great way to summarize the lessons we can take from these inspiring quotes. This fun quiz is intended to help you remember the key ideas and takeaways from the quotes in our blog post.

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In this quiz, you must complete the quote you’ve just read from various athletes and coaches by selecting the correct option from the options provided. The aim of this quiz is to help you recall key takeaways from the quotes. You will receive one point for selecting the correct option. Are you ready? Let’s get started.



Also See:

Inspiring Quotes About Serving from Tennis Players

Encouraging Tennis Quotes About Winning

Interesting Tennis Quotes About Love


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