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Marion Bartoli: What she said, really meant and definitely did not


Marion Bartoli at the 2009 US Open

What she said:

“Something is not going well for me here in Toronto.”

Marion Bartoli has no real excuses for her early exit at the Rogers Cup bowing out to Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan. This is the second time Bartoli crashed out in the first round here; she lost to Alona Bondarenko of Ukraine in 2009.

What she really meant:

“I definitely can’t say that things are going swimmingly well for me in Montreal, can I?”

What she definitely didn’t:

“I’m not coming back unless I get a first round bye next year.”

Brad Gilbert: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


BG - Agassi and Roddick's old coach

What he said:

“He hasn’t lost a stitch of hair. He plays young."

Brad Gilbert is astounded how Federer keeps on playing the game with the zest and zeal of a much younger man.

What he really meant:

“He’s got all his hair, he’s not been injured much and he has 16 majors. You say he’s old?”

What he definitely didn’t:

“The more hairy or hirsute you are, the better the player you’ll be.”

Ryan Harrison:What he said, really meant and definitely did not


Ryan Harrison

What he said:

"I’ve been in trouble with [my temper] since I was young.When I was 5, 6 years old, every single time I got mad or threw a racket, I had to do 20 push-ups. And it wasn’t that I stopped the racket throwing or getting mad — I just did a lot of push-ups."

Ryan Harrison, the hope of American men’s tennis, admits he has a temper from an early age and was penalised for it—often.

What he really meant:

“I’ve always had a vile temper.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“I love doing push-ups.”

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


Andy Roddick

What he said:

“I have a problem calling anything where you have to wear formal pants a sport.”

Andy Roddick says that cricket cannot be a sport because you have to wear full-length trousers.

What he really meant:

“I don’t have the patience for cricket. The formal pants are merely an excuse.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Golf’s not a sport as well.“

Chris McKendry:What he said, really meant and definitely did not


Victoria Azarenka at 2009 Roland Garros, Paris...

 

What he said:

“She’s the noisiest player we’ve ever heard, so to say she’s ‘quietly’ sneaking through the draw would be absolutely crazy."
Chris McKendry complaining about Victoria Azarenka’s noisiness on court.
 
What he really meant:
“Azarenka’s a fog-horn on court.Definitely not going through the draw silently.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“I can play better than Victoria.”

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