Quotes from Tracy Austin
"At age 3, a London tabloid had come over to take my picture and write a story. I was on the cover of World Tennis."
"By the time I was 9, I was frequently asked to play exhibitions at grand openings, fund-raisers for charities, and other special events."
"From one match to the next, I kept on winning."
"I began playing in the Pacific Coast Indoor Tennis Championships."
"I didn't want to just rally at the baseline, even though that happened a lot."
"I hit a backhand winner up the line for deuce. That was one of my favorite shots. I always felt confident with it."
"I knew I needed to take balls out of the air if I could put them away. I wanted to end the points a little sooner and be more aggressive."
"I realized that this was a professional tour stop - the event was called the Avon Futures, a satellite tour of the Virginia Slims."
"I started tennis around age 2."
"I was 5 when I began semiprivate lessons."
"I was planning to remain an amateur for a while."
"I won the Wimbledon mixed doubles title in 1980."
"It's a vital psychological game, and I won it at the net, of all places, where Chris Evert brought me with a drop shot."
"Lindsay Davenport was saying 12 months ago that this might be her last Wimbledon, but things have completely changed because she's healthy."
"Mary Joe Fernandez rarely has a bad loss. She never tries for stupid shots."
"My brother Jeff is now my agent at Advantage International in Washington, D.C."
"My mind started wandering. I started playing carefully, instead of playing the way that had gotten me to that point. I had to force myself to keep driving the ball."
"My mom and dad met at UCLA when he as a captain in the Air Force and she was in her junior year."
"My mother took me to the Kramer Club every day when she went to work and, when I was 2, got me into a program for kids."
"My sister and I are opposites in many ways. She is six feet tall, while I'm five feet four."
"Pam has always been my glamorous big sister - 13 years older than I. She played on the women's circuit for nine years and came home to tell me stories of France, Japan."
"Robert became the most important force in my life for my young tennis career. He was part father, part brother, part tyrant. The perfect coach."
"The prize money for first place was $2,800, but I didn't take it because I was still an amateur."
"To meet my goals, I couldn't let up when I was playing tennis."
"Venus has a better shot at beating Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals than Amelie Mauresmo has against Lindsay Davenport."
"Venus hasn't been to the semis for a couple of years in a Grand Slam - she's been coming back from injury."
"We've gotta give Richard Williams a lot of credit - to give us two number one champions is a phenomenal feat."
"When I was 11, I won my first nationals at Savannah, defeating Kelly Henry in the finals."
"Winning that first game was so important; my mother always said that the first game of the second set was the chance to keep it going if you were ahead or change things if you were behind."
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