Don’t let anyone define you. You define yourself.
I like to see what future generations are thinking about.
It’s about learning your craft. That’s a wonderful thing–especially with today’s consumerism and instant gratification. You can’tbuy that. It’s about making decisions, corrections, choices. I don’t think it’s so much about becoming a tennis player. It’s about becoming a person.
I think younger players probably just think they are who they are-they don’t think about coming out. Unless you’re number one in the world, nobody cares, usually.
At 62 you want to keep moving; that’s important.
I got to see the best players in the world every year the week after the U.S. Nationals, which is now known as the US Open, in Los Angeles. That made a huge difference in my life.
I used to be told if I talked about my sexuality in any way that we wouldn’t have a tennis tour.
Don’t go into debt and don’t spend a lot. It’s not how much money you make, it’s how much you spend.
In the complete overall history of tennis, I figure I’ll be worth a sentence or two…. That’s why my place in the all-time rankings means so very little to me, because I know I won’t be anybody’s number one, and it’s that same old thing: if you’re not number one, then what does it really matter?
It’s really impossible for athletes to grow up. On the one hand, you’re still a child, still playing a game. But on the other hand, you’re a superhuman hero that everyone dreams of being. No wonder we have such a hard time understanding who we are.
I think one of the concerns, anytime you’re in the human business, like sports, it’s a very high – risk endeavor. You do have to get players every year. You have to deal with calendar. You have to deal with all kinds of things in our sport, like every sport does.
When we reach the point where the women athletes are getting their pick of dates just as easily as the men athletes, then we’ve really and truly arrived. Parity at last!