By: Nick McCarvel
From hilarious to insightful and nearly everything between, the best players at the Western & Southern Open are entertaining – even in the press room. Here, a collection of the most interesting (and amusing) quips from the stars of Cincy Tennis.
ISNER FEELS THE LOVE
Question: What about your feeling coming back to Cincy after your success here last year?
John Isner: Yeah, well, I played so unbelievably well here last year. I love this tournament; I feel very comfortable here. Here it's a little bit more personal. All the best players in the world are here. So this tournament, as far as being a tennis fan goes, in my opinion, it's second to none. You can do whatever you want to do here.
Question: Is there any men’s player you enjoy watching in particular?
Serena Williams: My favorite to watch hands down is Murray. Hands down my favorite player to watch.
Question: Why is that?
Serena Williams: Because he acts like me on the court [laughter]. He's hands down my favorite.
LANGUAGE OF LOVE?
Question: The American players sometimes marvel at how all of you European players not only speak English but can speak several languages. Why do you think that is? How many languages do you speak?
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: It's not the case for me [smiling]. I speak French and sometimes something who [sic] look like English, but... What was your question exactly?
NO MURRAYTHON, YET
Question: Maybe you'll join Caroline Wozniacki in New York Marathon?
Andy Murray: I will definitely do a marathon at some stage, but not when I'm [still actively] playing. I'm assuming she will probably want to get a good time as well. She's pretty competitive. She'll have to train hard.
ROGER THE RECORD MAN
Question: A few years ago you were compared to other players. Now you're just breaking records.
Roger Federer: I have the highest respect for all these players and all their records, and some are absolutely unreachable. Some are possible to be done. But I really don't play for any of those longevity records, to be honest. I play because I love to play. I still believe I can still achieve a lot.
MARIA’S WARDROBE SECRETS
Question: You took a bit of a break between the second and third set [vs. Madison Keys]. You were getting a bit animated towards the end of the second set. Was [the break] to kind of calm down?
Maria Sharapova: I guess maybe that's just what dry clothes does to you [laughter]. It gets you a bit calmer.
ANA’S CINCY DOWNTIME
Question: What's your favorite thing to do in Cincinnati when you're not playing?
Ana Ivanovic: Actually, now I have been reading a lot this year, but in the past years I felt like I have seen every single movie that was showing.
Question: In the movie theatre?
Ivanovic: In the movie theater, yeah. We travel so much, and sometimes you forget, you know, just to go out and actually see a movie. I enjoy that much more than watching in a room.
Question: Just want to know if there's anything else that you're going to put into your training for the US Open?
Novak Djokovic: Two racquets. I'm going to play with two racquets. [Laughter.]
STOSUR ON SERENA
Question: You seem to bring the best out of each other every time you play. What is it about it from your point of view that sort of lifts you?
Samantha Stosur: I just like the challenge. I mean, I think she is the greatest player probably ever. Why not go out there and try and play your best tennis against someone like that and see where you stack up. From the first times that we have played each other years ago I have enjoyed that challenge. I like the way, you know, you've just gotta go after it. There has been times she's killed me; there's been times I have won. There has been all sorts of different scenarios, but it's always a good challenge going up against someone like her to play well today to win.
Question: What's it like to get all these interview requests, TV interview requests, now that you're the world No. 2? Is it a distraction at all or are you enjoying?
Simona Halep: I'm enjoying. It's nice because it's my best ranking in my career, so I have to enjoy this moment. It's my best feeling now. It's not easy to go everywhere, but I don't have too much to do [smiling].
Question: How are you feeling after such a big upset over Novak Djokovic?
Tommy Robredo: I had like this chicken skin. I don't know how you call it.
ISNER ON THE GRANDSTAND CROWD
Question: What about the atmosphere out there? Seemed like it was a pretty cool match to be a part of, in general.
John Isner: Yeah, very cool. Sort of like standing room only. You could see people on Center Court at the top looking over and watching. It was great. The fans were unbelievable. I thought they were on my side the whole way, and they were. You know, I was up against one of the, you know, greats of our game currently, so having the crowd, that helped a lot. I wish I could have won for them, but at the same time, it was so much fun. I enjoyed it.
ON A SCALE FROM 1 TO…
Question: Where is your confidence right now?
Sloane Stephens: Are you asking on 1 to 10? How does that work?
Stephens: I don't know. I could say 10 or 11. Doesn't matter.
THE KEY(S) TO COACHING
Question: You can use on-court coaching at WTA events, but not at Slams. Is that a concern to you when you use your coach like you did today?
Madison Keys: No. I mean, honestly, if they got rid of on-court coaching I wouldn't be sitting in a corner crying and not know how to play tennis anymore [laughter].