Novak Djokovic wins seventh Wimbledon title and 21st Grand Slam
LONDON (AFP) – Top 20 quotes from the 2022 Wimbledon tournament, which ended at the All England Club on Sunday:
“I did definitely feel support and love from the crowd, so I’m very grateful for that.”
— Novak Djokovic on winning over Centre Court on his way to a seventh title.
“I just felt so much pressure. There’s so much anxiety to do things or achieve things. So I feel unbelievable. Like I’m two beers deep.”
— Beaten finalist Nick Kyrgios happy that his Wimbledon is over.
“It doesn’t make sense to go (on), even if I try through my career to keep going. If I keep going the injury will be worse and worse.”
— Rafael Nadal after withdrawing from his semi-final with an abdominal injury.
“They managed to find some Percy Pigs somewhere along the line in the crowd, which he got down and then started to feel better.”
— Britain’s Jodie Burrage on coming to the aid of a ballboy who fainted during her first-round match with Lesia Tsurenko with sweets.
“Novak is kind of a brick wall.”
— Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis on facing Djokovic in the second round.
“I feel it’s stupid when someone says sport is out of politics. It’s really stupid.”
— Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk hitting back at opponents of Wimbledon’s ban on Russian and Belarusian players.
“Have you ever gone into a supermarket and just started berating someone scanning the groceries? No. So why do they do it when I’m at Wimbledon? Why is that?”
— Kyrgios on the abuse he receives from fans.
“At the end of the day if you have got a bit of a cold, you play main draw of Wimbledon for 50,000 and a chance at more. I’m not sure some of the lower-ranked guys are going to Scout’s honour take themselves away and do a Covid test.”
— Britain’s Liam Broady on the coronavirus testing policy at Wimbledon
“I might just withdraw it all and just like lie on it.”
— Broady on being told he had made 120,000 ($144,000) for making the third round.
“My mum is famous on the tour. I feel like when I’m playing a match, she’s on the screen more than I am.”
— Britain’s Heather Watson on mother Michelle.
“They call it a golfer’s elbow — I got it while playing tennis.”
— Dutch wild card Tim van Rijthoven on his career-long battle with injuries.
“Tunisians came up with that I think one or two years ago. Funny because a minister in Tunisia comes like, ‘Hello, Minister’. It was funny, but it’s nice to be called that.”
— Ons Jabeur on her nickname, “Minister of Happiness”
“It’s constant bullying, that’s what he does. He bullies the opponents. He was probably a bully at school himself. He also has a very evil side.”
— Stefanos Tsitsipas hits out at Kyrgios after their bitter third-round clash.
“I’m not sure how I bullied him. He was the one hitting balls at me, he was the one that hit a spectator, he was the one that smacked it out of the stadium. I didn’t do anything.”
— Kyrgios in response.
“He’s like, ‘Ajla, hungry rats swim the fastest’, whatever that means. I’m like, ‘well, I’m not a rat and I’m not hungry’. I just want my house from the beginning till the end, or maybe you should just believe in me a little more.”
— Ajla Tomljanovic after her father Ratko had only booked their Wimbledon accommodation until the first Friday. On the Saturday, the Australian reached the fourth round.
“I hope I can come back one more time. I’ve missed it here.”
— Eight-time champion Roger Federer.
“We don’t have a clear view of what is considered to be a perfect champion.”
— Wimbledon chief executive Sally Bolton on the controversial character of Nick Kyrgios.
“My agent had to come to force me out of a pub at 4:00 am to play Nadal second round, on Centre Court, Wimbledon. I’ve come a long way, that’s for sure.”
— Kyrgios on his unorthodox preparations before facing Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2019.
“I’m in the semi-final of Wimbledon, it’s crazy, but I’m still a mum. After this I will go out over there and I will see my kids and I will do the same thing I do every single day. I will change her Pampers (nappies), I mean, everything normal.”
— Tatjana Maria says looking after her two daughters trumps making the Wimbledon semi-finals.
“I don’t even know what a knoll is.”
— Cameron Norrie on being told that “Henman Hill’”/”Murray Mount”, the spectator viewing area at the tournament, should be renamed “Norrie Knoll”.
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