Google Down the Line!: Part IV: Player Quotes from Wimbledon


Thursday, June 28, 2007

Part IV: Player Quotes from Wimbledon

Q. You complained about the prices of the food at Wimbledon. What about the standard of the food that players are served? Should they be given more international cuisine?
A. Compared to the prices, for a plate of pasta, it's costing around £10, right? For £10, which is $20, you can have a great pasta at Cipriani in New York.

Q. What is the quality like?
A. Definitely not the Cipriani of New York. Everybody knows this restaurant. I think it's one of the best restaurants in New York. Also in Moscow, one of the most expensive, and we have a better pasta for 20 bucks, that's for sure.

- Marat Safin

Q. Could you talk about your song ambitions? What are your thoughts there?
A. Yeah, I never talk about this a lot, but I just love music. I play the guitar. I don't think I'll really learn to play the piano because I travel too much. Nowadays all you have to have is a computer, and if you know a new chords, you can speed it up to what tempo you want, and you're there. So there's do overs in your own little computer studio.

I guess I'd like to write probably pop. I really love electronica and house. My sister is really a great writer. I told her, please, I want to be just like you. Hopefully it will rub off on me.

- Venus Williams

Q. On the men's tour fashion seems to be coming more and more prevalent. It's not just the women that everyone talk about now. You've done modeling bits. Can you explain that a bit more. Also why do you think there's a growing trend of men wanting to look good on the court?
A. Maybe the girls were looking so good we wanted to impress them, catch their eye a little bit.

- James Blake

Q. Before your matches, how do you relax?
A. I like to have maybe 15, 20 minutes just by myself to listen to iPod, just some music. Depends on the mood I'm in. And then it's important, too, to have a good warmup, to sweat a little bit. That helps me also with the nerves.

Q. What's on your iPod?
A. I have lot of things. Usually it's R&B and house music also.

- Ana Ivanovic

Q. Are you religious?
A. Well, yeah. I'm Catholic.

- Roger Federer

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