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“As a de­fend­ing cham­pion in 1979, my first match was on Cen­tre Court, next one was on Court One, then Court Two, I ended up on Court Four. This has been go­ing on for a long time. The top guys never see the out­side courts. It needs to change.”

on Wim­ble­don sched­ul­ing

Martina Navratilova,

“Fair or not, that’s Wim­ble­don and they can do what­ever they want.”

on the court plac­ings con­tro­versy

Go­ran Ivani­se­vic,

“It’s beau­ti­ful to be all ages.”

Venus Wil­liams,

her 37 years

“The same umpire gave my coach a warn­ing last year for telling me, ‘ va­mos, va­mos’.”

an­gry that her quar­ter­fi­nal op­po­nent Gar­bine Mugu­ruza was not warned for coach­ing

Svet­lana Kuznetsova,

“Not re­ally. Maybe I was very small, or also I was watch­ing more her sis­ter play­ing the Grand Slam fi­nals.”

Je­lena Ostapenko,

strug­gling to re­call any of Venus Wil­liams’ five Wim­ble­don ti­tles. Ostapenko is 17 years younger than the Amer­i­can

“Im­pres­sive. If you look at Andy walk­ing around, he looks pretty sore.”

2002 cham­pion, on how stiff-legged Andy Mur­ray plays through pain

Lley­ton He­witt,

“Roger (Fed­erer) and Rafael Nadal, if they had bad blood, would it make their ri­valry any less spe­cial?”

1989 French Open win­ner, on whether ten­nis could do with more bit­ter grudges be­tween play­ers

Michael Chang,

“No. When I de­cided to have a fam­ily, ten­nis was in the past.”

who has just had her sec­ond child, on whether she would join old ri­val Ser­ena Wil­liams in a post-baby come­back

Jus­tine Henin,

shrug­ging off

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