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Cristiano Ronaldo: What he said, really meant and definitely didn’t

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Andy Roddick: What he said, really meant and definitely did not

Taken at the Australian Open 2010

What he said:

“I’m convinced being a tennis analyst is the easiest job in the world. Because whatever the person does, if it works, you just say, ‘That’s what’s good,’ and if it doesn’t work, you guys just go, ‘He should have done the other thing.’ I’m pretty convinced that I could be a tennis analyst when I’m done."

Andy Roddick, take a bow. The 2003 US Open champion launched into a tirade against tennis analysts, terming them arm-chair experts.

Roddick claimed:

“It just doesn’t take much thought. If I’m grinding, and I’m winning, you guys are like, ‘He’s reinvented himself,’ and if I’m playing like crap and pushing, it’s, you know, ‘He’s horrible and needs to hit the ball.’ Everybody’s an expert, but I’m better than most of them have been."

Nobody’s arguing with the former champion. Very few analysts have won Slams or as many tournaments as Roddick has.

Hats off for telling it like it is.

What he really meant:

“Sports analysis is easy. You’re right if the player’s wrong. You’re still right if the player’s not.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“I’m done reading my copy of ‘How To Take Criticism With a Smile’. I’d love to lend it to you guys—now (that I’ve had my say).”

Roger Federer: What he said, really meant and definitely did not

Roger Federer at the 2008 Beijing Olympics

What he said:

“I’d rather be 30 than 20, to be honest.”

Roger Federer celebrates his 30th birthday this month. He has no regrets as he gets older and is comfortable in his own skin.

What he really meant:

“I’m 30, not 20. Let’s face it, I can’t reverse Father Time. I just wish my competition was 30 as well.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Novak and Rafa are welcome to join me in cutting the cake.”

Shane Warne: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


What he said:

"Yes, I’m still a man."

Shane Warne is not ashamed at being labelled a metrosexual. He’s masculine enough for Elizabeth Hurley.

What he really meant:

“Losing 22 pounds,sporting a new hairstyle and clothes, having my eyebrows plucked and using moisturising cream does not make me less of a man, does it?”

What he really didn’t:

“I don’t know what Liz saw in me.”

Virat Kohli: What he said, really meant and definitely did not

Virat Kohli and Praveen Kumar

What he said:

“Yeah, my mom tells me not to swear on the field. And obviously I get really embarrassed whenever she asks me. It’s not a good word that comes out. I don’t tell her anything; I just ask her to give me food at that point.”

Virat Kohli is abashed when his mother asks him if he has behaved on the field. The young Indian bat prefers to hold his silence and wolf down his mother’s cooking.

What he really meant:

“I’d rather not lie on an empty stomach.And definitely not to my mother.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Swear words make the world go round.”

Andre Agassi: What he said, really meant and definitely did not

Cover of "Open: An Autobiography" 

What he said:

"They know already what it took me decades to find out: To shine in secret, and to give when there’s no one applauding.It’s not to late to be inspired. It’s not too late to change. It’s not too late."

Andre Agassi points out that the needy children he built a school for need no lessons in life from him. They know the importance of doing their best with or without an audience.

What he really meant:

“There’s much to learn outside the tennis court. And in the strangest places.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Read Open to discover more such gems.”

Upali Dharmadasa: What he said, really meant and definitely did not

Portrait picture of Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar...

What he said:

“What has been happening was the player trying to be the ruler. If the player becomes the ruler we can’t play a game."

Sri Lankan sports minister, Upali Dharmadasa, is less than pleased with Kumara Sangakkara’s speech at the Marylebone Cricket Club exposing the shenanigans within the Sri Lankan Cricket Board.

What he really meant:

“We politicians can’t play cricket, can we? But neither can he (Sangakkara), if he’s administrating. Does he want a party ticket?”

What he definitely didn’t:

“By the players, for the players, of the players.”

Andre Agassi: What he said, really meant and definitely did not

Cover of "Open: An Autobiography"

What he said:

"I fell in love with tennis far too late in my life, but the reason I have everything I hold dear is because tennis has loved me back."

Andre Agassi admits that he was not always pleased with having to grind his way on the tennis circuit. He learnt to love the game as he grew older.

What he really meant:

“Tennis and Steffi (Graf) loved me back, man. They sure did.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Haven’t you read Open yet?”

Roger Federer: What he said, really meant and definitely did not

Roger Federer beating Lleyton Hewitt 6-3 6-4 7...

What he said:

“Sports is good. Any sports. Just not boxing maybe. I struggle to watch that stuff in the first place. Even though it’s a nice sport…”

Roger Federer believes that all sport is good, except maybe boxing.

What he really meant:

“Sports has been kind to me.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“I’d rather box Nadal.”

Aravane Rezai: What she said, really meant and definitely did not

Aravane Rezaï - 2007 Australian Open

What she said:

“We are not machines, we are human beings.Every player has their personal problems. Me, I have them, too, a bit more than the others, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to go on a court and win matches.”

Aravane Rezai says that although she has her problems, it does not mean she throws matches.

What she really meant:

“It’s tough to play with personal problems—for anyone.”

What she definitely didn’t:

“Just call me Robo Rezai.”

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