Twas an Australian open to be remembered for numerous reasons.
We saw the first German Grand slam champion of the 21st Century when Angelique Kerber dethroned the in-form Serena for her maiden major title; a record 6th title for our World no.1 Novak Djokovic as he equals Roy Emerson, Lleyton Hewitt played the last match of his career; Jamie Murray broke the Jinx finally and lifted his first Grand Slam Trophy; Hingis-Sania’s amazing Unbeaten run and Soares’ double slam. Out of all these records came some amazing sportsmanship on and off the court at the Press Box. Let’s have a look at some of the Best Quotes of this season’s Happy Slam.
“You know it sounds actually unreal. I mean, two weeks ago, first round, I was match point down, with one leg in the plane back home to Germany and now I’m the Grand Slam champion of the Australian Open. So it’s amazing. It’s the best two weeks of my career and it’s a special night tonight. I will never forget this day.” – Angelique Kerber on her incredible victory in the Australian Open finals.
“Everybody is holding the champagne glass here. It is a very informal press conference I see. You guys enjoying it here. Yeah, all smiles when champagne is around huh?” – Novak Djokovic cracking up the entire Press box after winning his 6th Australian open title.
“Being in the final and watching the other semi-final, of course, is a quite joyful feeling.” – Novak Djokovic after his big victory over Roger Federer in the semi-final.
“I guess that was sort of just the whole frustration of everything getting out. I don’t think that’s like myself to do, but sometimes it’s a little bit too much to keep it.” – Milos Raonic talking about his Racquet-breaking scene after his heart-breaking semi-final loss to Andy Murray.
“I’m not worried going into long rallies. I know you guys make-up some different case. I get that. Because you think I’m old and all that but it’s no problem for me.” – Roger Federer making it clear that he is ready to take up any challenge that is thrown at him.
“I don’t want to allow myself to be in that frame of mind. Because if i do then, a person becomes too arrogant and thinks that he is a higher being or better than anybody else and you can get a big slap from karma very soon.” – Novak Djokovic’s elegant reply to the reporter on being asked if his current dominance separates him from the rest of the top 4.
“You are a great champion, a great friend and a great person who is very professional and very committed to this sport so I’m sure in the future you are gonna have more opportunities to fight for this trophy.I would also like to wish you and Kim, a very happy and healthy delivery of your baby and I hope that you will experience a feeling like no other before. Because that’s what happened to me and my wife. So I wish you all the best.” – Novak Djokovic to Andy Murray during his acceptance speech.
“We always love playing here in Australia. But Australia never really loved us back. I know it’s really the first year that we had a decent tournament and I am just so happy that we took it all the way.” – Bruno Soares after winning the Men’s doubles title alongside Jamie Murray.
“Andy! You should be in bed. I don’t know why you are here taking photos? We’ll be there to support you tomorrow.” – Jamie Murray, when he figured out that Andy was up there taking photos of the victory ceremony, when he had a final coming up the next day.
“You know when it really matters I can trust her with my life.” – Martina Hingis on Sania Mirza after they captured their third consecutive Grand Slam doubles title.
“For sure this one is quite flashy, at least everybody can see me in the stadium. So I like it…. As long as I’m moving well and feeling good on the court, that’s the most important thing. I don’t really need my voice. If I can talk, I talk too much sh*t. So it is better I keep it for myself.” – Stan Wawrinka when asked about his recent outfit trend and his voice.
“Really? What! I should get into acting.” – Serena Williams on being told that she looked as happy as Kerber after the finals.
“I was really happy for her. She played so well today and she had an attitude that a lot of people can learn from, just to always stay positive and to never give up. I was really inspired by that. She’s a good girl. If I couldn’t win, I’m happy she did.” – Serena Williams on Angelique Kerber after she graciously accepted her defeat and appreciated the Champion.
“Okay thanks buddy! I hate to say that but you are absolutely right.” – Novak Djokovic’s response to a fan screaming “No more drop shots”.
“I’ve loved every minute of playing for Australia, you know, wearing the green & gold, not just Davis cup. I pride myself in being an Australian, throughout the year and representing your great country and the love & support that I’ve had throughout my career, the last few years have been unbelievable.” – Lleyton Hewitt after playing the last match of his Singles Career.
“It was an absolute circus. I am not gonna talk too much about it. But it was just a massive mix up and you know it’s just part of some of the challenges you face.” – Nick Kyrgios during the post-match conference on why he changed his shorts from white to black.
“It was unreal. I was so nervous in the end. You probably could tell. I’m just really proud. You guys are crazy. But obviously good-crazy. You helped me a lot. And thanks to all of you. It was unreal.” – Dasha after winning her 2nd round match.
“He is an Idol. He is an amazing player. Anyway, in my career, tonight is gonna be very special for me, to play the last match with Lleyton. Well, the match was tough and Lleyton fought till the last ball. It was unbelievable. He deserved everything and tonight is the day for him, not for me. I have a t-shirt signed by Lleyton with me, 7 years ago. It is the only one T-shirt of a Tennis player I have, really.”– David Ferrer after beating Lleyton Hewitt in the 2nd round, in what happened to be the last match of Hewitt’s singles career.