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    You know, I was a regular on the Friday afternoon drill squad. Um, which... The year after I left school, I went back and thanked the sergeant major because I was so fit.
    — John Newcombe
    tags: school  year 
     
    I was a pretty feisty young kid.
    — John Newcombe
    tags: young  kids 
     
    I was in the main draw from the start, my opening match was on Court One against Jan Eric Lundquist of Sweden who was about eight in the world at the time.
    — John Newcombe
    tags: time  world 
     
    I'd also made the first tennis team. I was number two player in the school at 11 years of age and that didn't sit very well with people.
    — John Newcombe
    tags: people  age  school  year 
     
    By the time I got to the hospital, I certainly realised that I had a problem because I couldn't write or print at that time, which lasted luckily only about four months. I'd gone numb here and on my tongue and the right foot a little bit.
    — John Newcombe
    tags: time  problem  right  gone  write 
     
    A few of us who are around the sixty mark don't play that much these days and if you are taking on a couple of guys in their forties it is very difficult.
    — John Newcombe
    That match was late evening and I had the experience of the electricity of the Centre Court because it was packed, a full house for the whole match. It had been a great year for me, first time there and I had the full taste of Wimbledon.
    — John Newcombe
    tags: time  experience  year 
     
    I wouldn't, a little bit frightened but throughout my life I'd learnt that when you're in the serious situations, you've got to try to stay calm. Because that's the way you get out of them.
    — John Newcombe
    You know, I eat, I ate pretty well anyway so, I'm basically living the same, I just curtailed the stupidity.
    — John Newcombe
    tags: living  stupidity 
     
    It's actually what I consider legalised cheating because one of the great senses that you have on a tennis court is your ability to hear the ball come off your opponent's strings [on Sharapova grunting
    — John Newcombe
    There was kind of a code that you had as an Australian that you never left the court losing unless you had blood all over you. That's the sort of toughness you need to compete on the world stage and I feel that our kids today just don't have it.
    — John Newcombe
    tags: world  blood  kids 
     
    I had started my love affair with Wimbledon.
    — John Newcombe
    At Wimbledon, the ladies are simply the candles on the cake.
    — John Newcombe
    Your game is only as good as your second serve
    — John Newcombe
    tags: games 
     
    People think this is all about the top players hitting tenins balls and they talk about technique and strategy and how important that is. But they don't understand the essence of competition. This is one-on-one, two players out there fighting each other with everything they have, trying to bring the best out of themselves. And the difference at this level of the game is all in the head and in the heart.
    — John Newcombe
    I chose to stay with tennis and they didn't understand that at the school.
    — John Newcombe
    tags: school 
     
    The strongest and most dangerous enemy you will ever face is a negative attitude. Learn to recognize when it is trying to invade your body and mind, then simply refuse it entry.
    — John Newcombe
    So there was a fire inside me. And that fire inside you, it can be turned into a negative form or a positive form. And I gradually realised that I had this fire and that it had to be used in a positive way.
    — John Newcombe
    tags: fire  positive 
     
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