US Open 2011

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John McEnroe: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


Cover of "You Cannot Be Serious"

John McEnroe Cannot Be Serious

What he said:

"She can’t even throw her racket down hard enough. Got to work on that."

John McEnroe joins the band of experts proffering advice to women’s No. 1 , Caroline Wozniacki, during her straight sets capitulation to Serena Williams in the US Open semi-finals.

What he really meant:

“It’s funny how everything seems wrong (to others) when you’re not winning.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Why doesn’t she just yell at the linesman or referees my famous line: ‘You cannot be serious.’ I waive all copyrights.”

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


Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick Talks Money

What he said:

“13% of total revenue?  I’ll let you write your story.”

Andy Roddick does not shy from articulating that players feel that they need a bigger say in how tournaments are run (and how much money they receive).

What he really meant:

“You have the facts and figures. Go figure.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“If the players received less money, then maybe Arthur Ashe could put up a new roof and quick.”

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


Taken at the Australian Open 2010

Andy Roddick Is Baffled

What he said:

"I’m baffled, I’m baffled. Why are we out here?"

Andy Roddick is none-too-pleased with having to take the court on a wet day in Queens, New York.

Roddick, in his interview later, clarified:

I was surprised the second time we got called out.  We walked back there and it was wet, so I couldn’t quite figure out why we were called out.  I even said it’s coming from under.  It’s not something you can dab a towel on and make it go away.  I watched the monitors, and they were dabbing towels on it the entire time. Then they called us back out, and we walked right over it and it was wet.  I could not believe what I was looking at.  I mean, puts us in a little bit of an uncomfortable position, too, because obviously, you know, we want to play and stuff.  But it’s still there, dude.

What he really meant:

“We should be chiming ‘Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head’ instead.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“I love wet balls.”

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


Andy Roddick @ US Open Final

Andy Roddick Negotiates At The US Open

What he said:

"I have been trying to tell people that talent normally wins in negotiations."

Andy Roddick believes it’s time players banded together to form a union. This would ensure that commercial interests do not override players’ welfare.

What he really meant:

“Tournaments aren’t money spinners when they lack star players.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Negotiations are as easy as serving aces.”

David Ferrer: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


David Ferrer at their first-round match of the...

David Ferrer is Sore

What he said:

"It was not nice playing on Court 13, but it was nice when you are junior, no?"

David Ferrer points out how far he’s come since his junior days. The expectations differ and he’s not quite pleased with having to play on the side courts at the US Open. Ferrer succumbed to Andy Roddick in the fourth round.

What he really meant:

“When we were younger, we didn’t know better. Besides, I lost. Do you really expect me to be singing paeans of praise?”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Ah! For those glorious junior days!”

Serena Williams: What she said, really meant and definitely did not


Serena Williams at the 2008 WTA Tour Championships

Serena Williams Is Very, Very Careful

What she said:

"I always go out wearing either shoes that cover all my foot or most of it. I’m serious."

Serena Williams does not want a recurrence of the freak leg injury she suffered last year that kept her out of circulation on the tennis circuit.

What she really meant:

“These boots are not just meant for walking. Naked feet give me terrible deja vu.”

What she definitely didn’t:

“Closed pairs are sexy.”

Serena Williams: What she said, really meant and definitely did not


Third seed Serena Williams, USA returns a shot...

What she said:

“Well, I give half to my favorite uncle, and then the rest I probably save it hopefully.  Pray that the banks don’t go down.  (Laughter.)”

Serena William knows just what to do with the $2.8 million she will get at the US Open if she wins.

What she really meant:

“You do know, the Uncle I was referring to is Uncle Sam. Taxes, my friends, taxes.”

What she definitely didn’t:

“You’d think my $1.4 million would prop up the banks.”

Janko Tipsarevic: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


Janko Tipsarevic training in Roland Garros 2009

Janko Tipsarevic Is Gluten Tolerant

What he said:

I am not.  I did my food intolerance test, which I advise everyone on the tour should do, and I took out some, how you say, substances or, you know, some kind of ingredients that I thought were good for me but they’re actually not.  But I did the test, and, you know, I am gluten tolerant.  (Laughter.)  I can eat bread.

Janko Tipsarevic is not gluten intolerant unlike his compatriots, Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic.

What he really meant:

“Gluten is not bad—for me or my glutes.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“I can eat cake.”

Serena Williams: What she said, really meant and definitely did not


Melbourne Australian Open 2010 Serena Serve

Serena Williams Is a Lady

What she said:

No, I think the guys should play second.  They’re guys.  We’re ladies.  We’re ladies.  They should totally play second all the time.  Ladies, you open the door for ladies.  They should go second.  It’s ridiculous.

Serena Williams is all for a “ladies firstpolicy when it comes to scheduling night matches at the US Open.

What she really meant:

“Hey, guys, I’d like to get home, eat my meals on time, watch TV and tweet.”

What she definitely didn’t:

“I don’t mind playing on the side-courts.”

Patrick McEnroe: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


John and Patrick McEnroe at the 2009 US Open

Patrick McEnroe Tweets A Manly Post

What he said:

“In tennis terms Donald Young became a man today.”

Patrick McEnroe’s tweet  following Young’s five-set upset of Stanislas Wawrinka in the second round of the US Open.

What he really meant:

“Note I only said ‘in tennis terms’. Not, in general attitude or demeanour.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“What a @#$*()& great result for US Tennis. You get the drift, don’t you?”

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