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Quotes from the first week of Wimbledon 2012

Bernard Tomic hits a shot in his first round match.
by Josh Blagden
Monday 2 July 2012

Who said what during the first week of Wimbledon 2012? Here are our highlights...

"I have sort of slacked off a little bit and look what it's costing me. I'm not normally like that [Tomic smashed his racquet during the course of the match] but... I couldn't control myself‘’
Bernard Tomic on his defeat to David Goffin in the first round.

"Wimbledon is the most beautiful tournament in the world. I love playing here, and I hope I will play a lot of years here.’’
David Goffin on his first Wimbledon win, against Bernard Tomic.

 

"I was very emotional at the end, especially when I got told I had got the wildcard for the Olympics. I didn't know until Judy [Murray] told me at the end. If I had have known, I would have been all over the place and crying my eyes out.’’
Elena Baltacha on her victory against Karin Knapp.

"I'm desperate to get the tournament going because there's a lot of talk from a lot of people. It's never easy playing at Wimbledon in the first round but that was a good start. I just wanted to go out there, play well, keep my focus, and not worry about the other stuff that goes on off the court around this time of the year. I think I did a good job of that. Time to let the tennis do the talking."
Andy Murray after demolishing Nikolay Davydenko in the first round.

"Well, it's great that we're going play the Olympics here in Wimbledon. At the same time, it's not great that you play in a very important competition on grass the best of three. That makes the tournament a little bit more crazy."
Rafael Nadal on playing Olympic Tennis at Wimbledon.

’’I still cannot believe, and I was like probably maybe they made the mistake or something until like I went to have a bit of food before the mixed. My manager came, and she's said like, they checked the stats. They said it's really true. You won 24 points in a row.’’
Yaroslava Shvedova on becoming the first woman in 44 years to claim a ‘Golden Set’, winning all 24 points in 15 minutes against Sara Errani.

"I always bow to Bruce Forsyth."
Roger Federer, on how he feels about having to bow to the occupants of the Royal Box.

"We are different physiques. I think we earn our money as well. I mean, I was two-and-a-half hours out there today."
Ladies' 14th seed Ana Ivanovic giving her thoughts on the women’s prize money debate.

"They ask me all these questions," he said. "They call me from Brazil, from this part of world, but also from France. I don't have a press agent but I may need one soon. I hope so. I will have to win a couple more matches then I will need one!"
Giant-killing Lukas Rosol on his new found celebrity status after dumping out Rafael Nadal in five sets.

"I was honoured to have him in my box. He's invited anytime.’’
Serena Williams on Dustin Hoffman.

"I don't deserve less because I have boobs and they don't. That's definitely not the case. I definitely know my whole life has been dedicated toward being a top athlete, and I shouldn't get paid less because of my sex. The conversation's totally over for me. That was so 2000; this is 2012. Who is still thinking like that, like honestly? Get with the programme."
Serena Williams expressing her views on the ongoing prize money row.

"You battle out there. Because I knew it. I knew that that record was on the line. That's maybe why I couldn't get it going early, because it's such a big record for me. I thought playing longer might make me really break it."
Roger Federer after his five set comeback against Julian Benneteau, surpassing Andre Agassi’s record of games won at Grand Slams.

"It was tough conditions, I was really struggling. I struck the ball better under the roof and served better. They did a good job letting us know the situation. At 4-1 I tried not to sit down, and was told we had one more game [to finish]. Then obviously I broke, so I was glad to be given the chance to finish it off."
Andy Murray relieved to triumph over Marcos Baghdatis in a race against the clock.

"It's hard to even put it into words - unbelievable, really. I was feeling better last year so I decided to give it a go one last time. But I would not have thought then that I would be in the fourth round of Wimbledon.’’
American qualifier Brian Baker, playing on grass for the first time in seven years, moved into the fourth round with victory over Benoit Paire.

 

"She always pushes me really hard. I thought, third set, if I'm going to go out I'm going to go out with a bang. I'm just fighting everything. She's playing unbelievable on grass. I'm just playing the best I can."
Serena Williams, clawing her way back against China’s Jie Zheng, eventually winning 9-7 in the third set.

 

"My point was that I have the feeling that men's tennis is actually more interesting than women's tennis. As in any business or anything, you just have to be paid just about that. It's not because we play five sets and they are playing three.’’
Gilles Simon justifying his comments that sparked the row over prize money in women’s tennis.

 

"The crowd was awesome. I kept getting the tingles. Especially after I won I kind of got a bit lost and couldn't find my way off the court.”
Heather Watson expressing her joy at winning her first match on centre court.

"Foot-faults. I don't know what to say, but it was a little bit outrageous. In my whole life, ever since I was eight years old, whole life I didn't do this many foot-fault. It was like 11. ... I stand a little bit back so they cannot call. They still did it, called. So it was outrageous, outrageous. It's Wimbledon, Centre Court, and they do this. I mean, this is BS. I feel cheated. On a Grand Slam, Centre Court...’’
Ivo Karlovic furious with the on court officials for being given 11 foot-faults in his defeat to Andy Murray.

"It's not a very good idea [to question the integrity of the tournament] if he wants to be on a Show Court next year. He might find himself out in the car park.’’
Sam Smith responding to Ivo Karlovic’s controversial remarks, questioning the integrity of the on court officials following his second round exit to Andy Murray.

 

"This year I hated grass a little bit less than the previous years."
Sam Stosur reflecting on her second round exit.

 

 

 

 


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