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Say what? Title hopefuls have their say

By Dan Imhoff   on   Saturday 27 May 2017
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Following on from media day, we serve up the best quotes from the players on the eve of Roland-Garros 2017.

Be it the return of Petra Kvitova, Andre Agassi uniting with Novak Djokovic or Kristina Mladenovic praising another blonde-plaited champion, a string of players had some very interesting things to say in their pre-tournament press conferences.

“I did miss definitely on the court, I did miss the fight. I mean, now I can just enjoy everything and even – it's beautiful weather outside. Sometimes I just stand outside and see the sun and say, ‘Oh, it's beautiful’. I see different kind of things than before.”
Petra Kvitova puts life in perspective as she announces her return to the tour just five months after surviving a knife attack in her home.

“He's someone that inspires me a lot. That's one of the things I felt like I needed is new inspiration, someone that knows exactly what I'm going through on the court, off the court. He has been through all these transitions, he has been in my shoes before playing Grand Slams, being the best in the world, and facing all the challenges that are present in the tennis.”
Novak Djokovic explains what it’s like taking on-court advice from Andre Agassi for the first time at Roland-Garros.

“I have heard lots of people say that we are more or less the same. We are big hitters. We have the same hair style with the plait. I don't know if it's the same culture that we have, she and I. She too has had two different cultural backgrounds. She was such an example, such a splendid champion, such a nice person.”
Top home hope Kristina Mladenovic praises Mary Pierce, the last French woman to win Roland-Garros.

“I think there is nobody who would do this.”
Women’s No.2 seed Karolina Pliskova cheekily dismisses being on anyone’s list as one of the favourites to win the Roland-Garros title.

“I'm sure everyone in here sometimes haven't enjoyed writing stories for a few weeks. Maybe there is no interesting stories at the time. And it's not as much fun. Everyone goes through it. But I know why I play tennis; because I love it and I enjoy it. You know, I'll keep plugging away until I get back to where I want to get to.”
Andy Murray draws parallels between his current struggles and sports reporters getting writer’s block.

“When I have been here last year, I arrived with very positive feelings. Then what happened with my wrist, I hope that the story doesn't repeat.”
Rafael Nadal tempers expectations after a wrist injury derailed his Roland-Garros campaign last year after he had arrived in Paris healthy and in form.

"I'm really happy for her that she is back. It's I think earlier than everybody was supposing. That's why I'm happy for her. Yeah, we will see. I mean, she's one of my good friends here, so this is good to see her back on tour."
Women's world No.1 Angelique Kerber hails the early return of Petra Kvitova to the tour.

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