As soon as I step on the court I just try to play tennis and don't find excuses. You know, I just lost because I lost, not because my arm was sore.
It was an art and act I came to perfect. It was part of my armoury. I felt if my opponent didn't know what I was thinking then I was invincible.
You can have a certain arrogance, and I think that's fine, but what you should never lose, is the respect for the others.
Training the body to obey the mind as I have done differs from the more conventional method of getting the mind to obey the body.
There is nothing I wouldn't do on court in order to win.
Some people say I have attitude - maybe I do - but I think you have to. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does - that makes you a winner right there.
Whoever said, 'It's not whether you win or lose that counts,' probably lost.
The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else.
I'll let the racket do the talking.
What is the single most important quality in a tennis champion? I would have to say desire, staying in there and winning matches when you are not playing that well.
Champions keep playing until they get it right.
Billie Jean King
Tennis and golf are best played, not watched.
The depressing thing about tennis is that no matter how good I get, I'll never be as good as a wall.
Nobody beats Vitas Gerulaitis 17 times in a row.
I fear no one, but respect everyone.
I hate to lose more than I love to win.
One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.
If I were to say, "God, why me?" about the bad things, then I should have said, "God, why me?" about the good things that happened in my life.
From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.
True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.
The ideal attitude is to be physically loose and mentally tight.
Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
If you don't practice you don't deserve to win.
A perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquility.
Billie Jean King
When I was 40, my doctor advised me that a man in his 40s shouldn't play tennis. I heeded his advice carefully and could hardly wait until I reached 50 to start again.
Hugo L. Black
I have always considered tennis as a combat in an arena between two gladiators who have their racquets and their courage as their weapons.
Succesul este o calatorie, nu o destinatie. A actiona este adesea mai important decat rezultatul.