With the 2011 edition of the Australian Open entering its final stages, it's time to review some of the more 'interesting' quotes in relation to the tournament so far.
One of the more talked-about and eye catching factors in the tournament this year has been Venus William's bizarre choice for a tennis outfit. When many an eyebrow was raised, she revealed that the famous children's fictional character, Alice from Alice in Wonderland, was the inspiration for her attire.
The outfit is inspired by Alice in Wonderland. It's kind of about a surprise, because when Alice goes down the rabbit hole, she finds all these things that are so surprising. This outfit is about having a surprise in a tennis dress, and showing some skin and then just having a print. Prints don't happen that often in tennis. So it's called the Wonderland dress.
Youngsters, especially promising ones, are vital to any sport as they provide a pointer to the sport's future. In this case, Aussie land's very own Bernard Tomic, who gave World No. 1 Rafael Nadal quite a fight in their fourth-round encounter, speaks about growing up and the difficulties that come with it.
I'm getting close to 6ft 5ins. I think I've stopped growing. It's just, you know, I'm physically getting wider. Growing is a tough thing.
One of the most puzzling developments in the tournament so far has been former World No. 1 Dinara Safina's 6-0 6-0 loss to Kim Clijsters in the very first round. After an embarrassment of that sort, one would expect her to hide under her bed clutching her knees to her chin, subtly hinting at depression. However, she has other ideas, in a manner of speaking.
Definitely it hurts but what I can do? First I need to find the reason what's going on, what are the mistakes, and then to work on them. Not to go blindly on the court and kill your ass for like five hours. Sometimes it makes no sense.
If you are an Australian tennis player fighting it out in the Australian Open, there is nothing better than listening to a huge crowd chant your name and deride your opponent. Sam Stotsur reflects the feeling.
I guess Australians are known for their chants, trying to get behind their players. You can take a few more seconds between points when they're rattling on with whatever they're doing. It's a good feeling out there.
Playing the World number one is no easy task. Ryan Sweeting is testimony to that after he got pummeled in the second round 6-2 6-1 6-1 against Nadal. He summed it up best.
With Rafa, he's so fast and so strong that he gets there and he gets the ball back deep and you have to start all over again. You have to win the point two or three times just in order to get a 15 Love.
Todd Woodbridge was a great tennis player, known for his doubles partnership with Mark Woodforde. What he wasn't known for was his career in TV. However, that has been put on the map after his conversation with Kim Clijsters in a post-match interview.
Kim Clijsters - Rennae Stubbs showed me a text message you sent her while I was playing in Sydney about how you thought I was pregnant. You said, 'She looks really grumpy and her boobs are bigger.'
Todd Woodbridge - Thanks very much, there goes my TV career.
An important factor in a player's career is his/her relation with their coach. In Li Na's case, the relation cannot get closer! She is overjoyed at her decision to appoint her husband, Jiang Shang, as her coach for the 2011 season. As she knows very well, there are certain perks that come with combining the role of husband and coach!
The best thing about having him as my coach? His credit card. If I play well I can take it and buy whatever I want!
Trust the Aussie open to come up with great quotes. And with the semis and the finals yet to be played, look out for more!