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Verbal volleys: Best quotes of 2011

As usual, tennis players didn't just let their rackets do the talking in 2011. Here's a look back at the quips and observations that stood out this year.

1. "Umpires are like emotional girlfriends -- once they make up their minds, there's no point in arguing."

-- Janko Tipsarevic.

2. "I guess she got tired from all that dancing."

-- Maria Sharapova after a win in Miami against Andrea Petkovic, who had done her "Petko dance" after winning their Australian Open meeting.

3. "I didn't want to be on 'SportsCenter' for the next 25 years."

-- Andrea Petkovic, on why she decided to run off court to throw up.

4. "I've got more pills in me, right now, than Ozzy Osbourne."

-- Andy Murray, playing through an injured ankle at the French Open.

5. "I felt like an animal. I wanted to see how it tastes. It tastes good."

-- Novak Djokovic, on taking a bite of the grass after winning Wimbledon.

6. "I am gluten tolerant."

-- Janko Tipsarevic, declaring himself not part of the gluten-free fad started by Novak Djokovic.

7. "I couldn't believe the length of it and the brutality of it. So I felt like every president should be extremely tired becoming the president, you know, and this is actually when the job starts."

-- Roger Federer, recalling watching the last U.S. presidential race.

8. "We're outnumbered now."

-- Lleyton Hewitt, on he and wife Bec having their third child.

9. "His service is like State Farm."

-- Andy Roddick, on John Isner's monster delivery.

10. "I hope not many of your bosses saw you on the TV ..."

-- Andy Murray, to the last-minute crowd that lined up (and skipped work?) to watch the Monday Queen's final.

11. "I'm not the best player in the history of tennis. I think I'm amongst the best. That's true. That's enough for me."

-- Rafael Nadal, giving his take on the greatest-ever debate.

12. "Now I feel you guys can call me 'Aussie Kim' because I won the title."

-- Kim Clijsters, in her Australian Open victory speech.

13. "Everyone's light turns on at their own time."

-- Donald Young, on starting to get good results later than expected.

14. "I hope not to win the first two sets this time."

-- Richard Gasquet, on getting a rematch of his two-sets-up loss against Andy Murray at Wimbledon.

15. "I'm not like, X-Man, you know. For 30 seconds, I hurt. But maybe something is missing upstairs."

-- Gael Monfils, on his habit of diving on court.

16. "I thought I was on the cliffs of Italy and forgot there was no water out there."

-- Maria Sharapova, on taking a fall on court in Rome.

17. "Because we are not named Serena or Venus Williams doesn't mean we don't know how to play tennis."

-- Marion Bartoli, defending the rest of the women's field at Wimbledon.

18. "Play very bad, please."

-- Rafael Nadal, asked how he would tell his next opponent to approach their match.

19. "My emotions are over the moon."

-- Sabine Lisicki, reaching the Wimbledon semifinals as a wild card.

20. "I find it quite funny because I always get the same questions. So I'm just going to start. I know what you're going to ask me already. So I'm just going to start with the answer. I felt great out there today on the court. I think I played a pretty good match. I am happy I got the revenge since I lost to her in Sydney last week. It was not an easy match. She went out there, she was really on fire. I'm happy to be through to the next round. I don't know who I'm playing, so maybe you can ask me that afterwards. But I'm really looking forward to playing my fourth round. It's the second time in a row that that's happened. What I do need to do to win this tournament? If I feel like I played too defensively today? I actually feel like I had to do that. I had to run a lot of balls down today because she was playing really aggressively, trying to hit from the first point. But I felt like when I had the chance, I was really focused and tried to step it up, especially with my serve a bit. When she put the second serve in, I tried to take the advantage straightaway. If I deserve to be No. 1. If this was maybe another proof that I belong there? Again, I don't feel any pressure to be No. 1. I really enjoy myself. I've had a great year and a great tournament so far. So I'm just happy to be in the next round, and hopefully I can pull a win through. My racket feels really good. I feel like the racket is really helping me out. I feel like there is no problems. I really enjoy playing with it. So I feel like -- I'm just happy to be here. Hopefully, this was a little bit different than usual, and now you can maybe give me some questions that are a little bit more interesting, a little bit different than what I usually get."

-- Caroline Wozniacki kicking off one of her postmatch sessions at the Australian Open, reacting to comments that she is boring in news conferences.

21. "Aren't you the one that screwed me over last time here? Yeah, you are. You go after me, and I promise you, that's not cool. That's totally not cool. If you ever see me walking down the hall, look the other way because I'm not having that. You're out of control. I can tell you're a hater, and you're unattractive inside. I express myself, that's who I am, this is America. Don't look at me. I promise you, don't look at me. Don't look my way."

-- Serena Williams, to umpire Eva Asderaki after being called for hindrance in the U.S. Open final.

22. "Confidence? Are you kidding me? I mean, please. Look, some players grow up and play like that. I remember losing junior matches. Just being down 5-2 in the third, and they all just start slapping shots."

-- Roger Federer, not impressed by Novak Djokovic hitting a daring winner at match point down in their U.S. Open semifinal.

23. "F--- USTA!! Their full of s---! They have screwed me for the last time!"

-- Donald Young, tweeting his anger after not receiving the USTA's French Open wild card.

24. "It's the same old story, all you think about is money."

-- Rafael Nadal, to the U.S. Open referee after being sent out in damp conditions.

25. "I think you should retire."

-- Andy Roddick, responding to a question about prospective retirement.

Kamakshi Tandon is a freelance tennis writer for ESPN.com.