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Born: 1971-08-12
Profession: Athlete
Nation: American
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After I went through two years of not winning an event, what kept me going was winning one more major. Once I won that last U.S. Open, I spent the next six months trying to figure out what was next. Slowly my passion for the sport just vanished. I had nothing left to prove.

Tags: Passion, Trying, Winning

Andre Agassi was my rival in the '90s, and I think as we got older we sort of transcended the game. He was probably the best player I ever played over my career. There's a list of players that were tough, but Andre, certainly, he was the most unique.

Tags: Best, Career, Game

I've worked hard my whole life, since I was a little kid. But now it's a point in my life now where I can just enjoy it, but at the same time I still need to work.

Tags: Life, Time, Work

It's not easy to retire at 31. In one respect I was glad I was done. But after a few years of having fun, I got a little restless. When you're 33, 34, and you don't have a focus, you can get kind of lost. As a man, you feel a little bit unfulfilled.

Tags: Focus, Fun, Respect

It's not my place to tell you whom to vote for, to take any political stand, to tell you what religion to believe in. I'm an athlete. I can influence certain things, but when I see other athletes and celebrities telling you whom to vote for, I actually get a bit offended.

Tags: Place, Political, Religion

People know me. I'm not going to produce any cartwheels out there. I'm not going to belong on Comedy Central. I'll always be a tennis player, not a celebrity.

Tags: Comedy, Player, Tennis

People wrote me off, but I believed in myself. I got the confidence back, and it grew and grew. I won my first major and my last at the place that changed my life.

Tags: Confidence, Life, Place

The difference of great players is at a certain point in a match they raise their level of play and maintain it. Lesser players play great for a set, but then less.

Tags: Great, Less, Point

When I committed to playing a little tennis in some exhibitions, it was the best thing for me. It got me in shape. It got me out of the house. It got me doing something I love to do.

Tags: Best, Love, Playing

I never wanted to be the great guy or the colorful guy or the interesting guy. I wanted to be the guy who won titles.

Tags: Great, Guy, Wanted

I don't know how I do it, I really don't.

Tags: Changed, Forever, Working

I've got a great wife, a great life.

Tags: Great, Life, Wife

You kind of live and die by the serve.

Tags: Die, Serve

In tennis, you can make a couple of mistakes and still win. Not in golf. I played three rounds in that Tahoe event, and I was drained. Mentally, not physically.

Tags: Mistakes, Three, Win

All I cared about in tennis was winning.

Tags: Cared, Tennis, Winning

For so long people have just taken what I do for granted. It is not easy to do year-in, year-out, to win Grand Slams and be No. 1.

Tags: Easy, Granted, Win

I am going to hold serve the majority of the time. It is nice to have a little time to return serve.

Tags: Hold, Nice, Time

I can't just wake up and watch TV and do nothing. I need a day off working out, seeing the wife, play a little golf, see my kids.

Tags: Kids, Wife, Working

I could be a jerk and get a lot more publicity, but that's not who I am.

Tags: Jerk, Publicity

I did it my way, and I have no regrets when I look back on my career that it was just a big focus for me.

Tags: Big, Career, Focus

I don't look at myself as a historical icon, but the reality of it is, yeah, I am playing for history now.

Tags: History, Playing, Reality

I hate to lose, and I do whatever I can to win, and if it is ugly, it is ugly.

Tags: Hate, Lose, Win

I let my racket do the talking. That's what I am all about, really. I just go out and win tennis matches.

Tags: Talking, Tennis, Win

I loved Wimbledon and what it meant, but the surface felt uncomfortable. I just didn't like it, I was a hard-court guy, a Californian kid.

Tags: Felt, Guy, Loved

I'm staying in shape, working out.

Tags: Shape, Staying, Working

I've been into golf, trying to get into the gym to stay somewhat fit. I've got two boys now, they're active kids.

Tags: Golf, Kids, Trying
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If Davis Cup was a little bit less or once every two years, I would be more inclined to play. But the way it is now, it is too much tennis for me.

Tags: Bit, Less, Once

It is nice to walk out on a court to have it packed.

Tags: Court, Nice, Walk

Retirement is a work in progress. I try to figure out my day, and what I know about myself is that I need structure.

Tags: Progress, Try, Work

Tennis is seen all around the world; if I am home or anywhere in the country, United States, people will stare.

Tags: Country, Home, Seen

There's always one shot that I can rely on when I'm not hitting the ball that well, is my serve.

Tags: Ball, Serve, Shot

When you retire you want to get as far away as possible from the game for a couple of years.

Tags: Away, Far, Game

Where I fall down is my short game. I don't practice enough, and when I have to take a half swing from 50 yards out, that's trouble.

Tags: Enough, Game, Short
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