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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574889257
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574889253
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,682,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Paul Fein hits another ace with You Can Quote Me On That."

"Paul Fein is tennis’s answer to John Bartlett. This exhaustive work belongs next to Bud Collins's encyclopedia on your tennis reference desk."

"Out of the mouths of tennis players comes Paul Fein’s wonderful, witty, profound, catty collection of quotations from a who’s who of tennis past and present."

"Paul Fein has collected many of the defining descriptions of the game and its players--things said in anger and awe, disappointment and desperation. To read this book is to visit tennis through the voices of its people."

"You Can Quote Me On That is as fascinating for its historical dimensions as its human revelations. It’s informative and entertaining."

"Started reading and couldn't stop and not just become I'm a tennis writer. There's a lot of wisdom inside and outside these lines. A fair bit of ignorance, too, which only makes the book more interesting. La Rochefoucauld and John Bartlett would have approved. These are maxims for the modern tennis fan."

"You'll laugh and learn when you read You Can Quote Me On That. The players' unfiltered words capture the dramas, rivalries, and passions that make tennis so entertaining and intriguing. This book is a keeper!"

"It's a must for both tennis cognoscenti and all those who enjoy a light and entertaining read."

"Paul Fein collects the most colorful tennis wit and wisdom through the ages in a book that offers inspiration, insight, and cover-to-cover laughs."

"Whether they’re glad or mortified to have said whatever, Paul Fein wasn’t going to let such good quotes get away from us."

"Irresistible reading . . . You Can Quote Me On That provides a fascinating commentary on a sport packed with human drama--a worth addition to anyone's tennis library."

"Paul Fein delivers the gems. . . . compelling."

"Longtime tennis journalist Paul Fein has compiled about 1,700 of the sport's best quotes, ranging from poignant observations to outrageous blasts from tennis stars and celebrities alike. The collection leaves no doubt that today's talent knows how to serve up a sound bite."

About the Author

Paul Fein is a renowned tennis journalist and author of Tennis Confidential: Today’s Greatest Players, Matches, and Controversies (Brassey’s, Inc., 2002) and You Can Quote Me on That: Greatest Tennis Quips, Insights, and Zingers (Potomac Books, Inc., 2005). His articles have appeared in the United States and twenty-five foreign countries, and earned over twenty-five writing awards. Fein’s diverse tennis background includes being a top-ten sectional tournament player, satellite tournament founder and director, USPTA teaching pro, New England tournament consultant, cable TV commentator, and tennis club and council president. He lives in Agawam, Massachusetts.

Customer Reviews

In "Paeans to the Champions," they laud themselves most respectfully.
L.A. Hottie
His latest book "You Can Quote Me On That," relates the history of tennis, including today's game.
Joy Parker
Paul Fein, a top tennis writer, compiled this funny and interesting book of quotes.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bill Cole, MS, MA on December 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is one great book! Paul Fein's You Can Quote Me On That: Greatest Tennis Quips, Insights And Zingers is one of the most unique tennis books ever published. Why? It's virtually the tennis Smithsonian of insights into the minds of players, coaches, officials, the media, administrators, the intelligencia and others from the world of tennis.

Want to know what your favorite tennis star is thinking about on and off the court? It's here. Want to know what the media think about the players? Check it out. Want to know what the tennis world is talking about? Read on.

I was really excited to get my copy because as Founder and President of the International Mental Game Coaching Association (IMGCA), I am always searching for new quotes on sports psychology that I can put in our members articles, training programs and our IMGCA Certification programs.

This book is loaded with 1700 quotes ranging over 35 chapters from tennis stars, legends, champions, celebrities, also-rans and the rest of the world's tennis denizens.

Try finding all these quotes yourself, from the hundreds of sources that Paul used in constructing this masterpiece. You would have to work for years to capture all the wonderful tennis quotes in this compendium. Come to think of it, that's probably exactly what Paul did in writing this book!

You Can Quote Me On That is the perfect gift for the tennis lovers in your life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sharon G. on January 2, 2006
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Paul's books never disappoint! The inside information, entertaining anecdotes and insights which his books provide make them a must read for every tennis fan and player. His books make a great gift for every tennis lover.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Greg Moran on February 25, 2005
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Forget Serena, Roddick and Roger. Paul Fein is this year's star of the tennis world with his fabulous new book "You Can quote Me on That."

The most comprehensive and compelling collection of quotes the tennis world has ever seen, this book is not just a series of witty one-liners.

Fein's book contains 1700 quotes from tennis legends (ranging from Bill Tilden up through Serena Williams) celebrities, philosophers and even a president or two.

Readers will have a great time as they move from page to page and uncover the hidden treasures that not only entertain but also inform and enlighten.

This book is a must-read for tennis lovers as well as those that understand that there is much to be learned about the game of life through the world of sports.

You Can Quote Me On That is a book that can be enjoyed over and over again as you can never be quite sure when a particular quote will touch you in a certain way or teach you something about yourself. Buy this book for yourself and your friends, and you'll be enjoying it and talking about it for months to come.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joy Parker on August 17, 2005
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I have read many of Paul Fein's tennis articles and read his last book, "Tennis Confidential." Paul is an excellent writer who puts a lot of effort in everything he writes. His latest book "You Can Quote Me On That," relates the history of tennis, including today's game. I love quotes of all kinds so, of course, I was interested in this book. It is funny, interesting, and very informative. This is a great book and a great read for anyone...not just tennis fans.

Joy Parker

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sampras4Ever on May 17, 2005
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This book is not only fun to read but extremely informative on many aspects of tennis. It gives the reader some background history of the game from those who played it in long trousers - or worse, long skirts! - and a fascinating insight into how it has changed over the years, through new styles in racquets, grips, strokes, attire - and behaviour! Whether you dip into it, or find, as I did, that once you start you want to read the whole book straight off, I'm sure you'll discover things you didn't know before about the game, its greatest exponents and most controversial characters.

The quotes vary from amusing to outrageous, controversial and thought-provoking. These are two of my favourites:

"The English have always liked good losers rather than winners... One can imagine the impact Perry had on Britain of the '30s, for he was the first Englishman to see tennis as a battle rather than a game." Tennis historian Ted Tinling.

Sixty years after Fred Perry's Wimbledon wins, does that make you feel sorry for Tim Henman?

"Tracy, I want you to know that I'm going to be much more famous than you." Pete Sampras, aged 10, to Tracey Austen after she had won her 2nd US Open title in 1981.

So he wasn't always modest and unassuming. What a prescient little boy!

This is not only a great read but a quality product, with some fine illustrations and an invaluably detailed index. If you enjoy tennis you're bound to enjoy this book, so treat yourself or surprise someone as a gift.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ms. G. Christoforou on May 11, 2005
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YOU CAN QUOTE ME ON THAT!

This is a masterpiece of work by Paul Fein! If like me you are a diehard tennis fan then this is the book for you! Some of the quotes in this book will make you laugh out loud, some will make you think, some make you feel a little anger too and some just give an insight into the minds of some of the most complex of characters! You get to read just how competitive some of the great tennis stars were & also how some of the competitors took their rivalries with other players to the press rooms causing on going feuds...but all this makes for amusing reading!

Let me give just a taster of some of the quotes:

"I don't think I could ever be that phoney." John McEnroe, on the nice-guy image Jimmy Connors cultivated late in his career.

" Nobody should be ranked No.1 who looks like he just swung from a tree." Andre Agassi's cheap shot at Pete Sampras, for which he later apologised (1993)

"Ten Grand Slams." Pete Sampras's reply when asked what is the difference between him and Patrick Rafter, ranked No.2 (1997)

"I think both of our worst nightmares would be to wake up the next morning and be the other." Andre Agassi, on being polar opposites with archrival Pete Sampras (2002)

If you want to read more than I strongly suggest you buy a copy of this fantastic book!

Written by Georgia Christoforou, United Kingdom
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