Tennis / Wimbledon '94: Quotes of the Day

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This day was not meant to happen. I can't say I made a lot of unforced errors and gave it to him. I played a decent game but he was just too good. He could have closed his eyes and hit it wherever he wanted. Michael Stich after losing to Bryan Shelton.

Any time someone compares me with Arthur Ashe I'm tickled because of what he stood for and what he did while he was here on this earth. I didn't fear losing. I just played to win. Nothing seemed to bother me from the beginning to the end. Shelton.

You can't take anything for granted. A couple of swings of the racket can change the course of a match. You can't let down against these guys. They're always trying to pull the big upset and hopefully I won't let that happen. Pete Sampras, the men's singles holder, on avoiding an early exit.

It was fantastic walking out there again and the crowd was great the whole way through. It was a joy to play again at Wimbledon. Chris Bailey after his defeat against Javier Frana.

I still have a lot of work to do, but I'm on my way. Guy Forget of France, a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon in 1991 and 1992, after his straight- sets win over the American, Doug Flach.

I didn't want to take the risk. I know my back, I know what I feel. I had a problem from the third set. It was the very cold weather. For me the years are passing. Henri Leconte, the 30-year-old Frenchman, who was forced to withdraw from his match against the Spaniard, Alex Corretja.

This morning I just tried to get up and forget about it and start all over. I had to guts it out and fight. Lori McNeil, Tuesday's first-round conqueror of Steffi Graf, who had to work hard to overcome Yone Kamio in the second round.

Steffi wants Monica back, believe me. She's a great competitor and she wants to be the best when everyone's playing. I think she feels somewhat cheated. Every champion has their peaks and valleys and when Steffi peaks it is one heck of a peak. Pam Shriver, the veteran American.