World of Sport

Quotes of the week: “You cannot play against someone being such a drama queen.”

Welcome back to another another smattering of sporting quotes from the week that was.

"I have tremendous sympathy that his back is bad, but I've more sympathy for the other guy as, honestly, you cannot play against someone who is being such a drama queen. I don't think it is intentional, actually, but he feels so sorry for himself, he has no control over the fact he is not really acting in an adult way," 1977 women's Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade is slightly scathing of Andy Murray after her fellow Brit required treatment for a back injury during his 1-6 6-4 6-1 6-2 win over Jarkko Nieminen at the French Open.

"I've known her since I was a kid, she used to do coaching stuff with my mum so it's quite disappointing. She has no idea what I was feeling on court. She doesn't know what was happening 20 minutes before I went out on the court, what I was feeling, what I was doing." British number one Murray is left slightly unimpressed with Wade's unimpressed opinion of him.

"I'll need to work on some things in my clay-court game for next year. But it's not the first time he's won against me on clay. It was going to be a tough match for me, and it proved that way." Murray's back injury is at the back of his mind when classic dirt baller David Ferrer outlasts him with a 6-4 6-7 (7-3) 6-3 6-2 win in the quarter-finals of the French Open.

"I have not signed the player's contract as I feel the contract is too onerous and am in a stage of my career where I don't wish to make this commitment. I hope to remain involved in the sport in some way in the future." World champion Ronnie O'Sullivan confirms he is taking a break after refusing to sign a contract instigated by World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn.

"When you look at our squad, I don't see why we can't win it. There have been a lot of changes but I will expect big things." Who says England don't expect? Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney doesn't do going in under the radar.

"It happened in Germany, but it is impossible to establish the causes — they all ate different food. It may have been sabotage, I do not know. It cannot be accidental. Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin suspects fowl play after 10 members of his squad are stuck down by food poisoning ahead of Euro 2012.

"If it is ever proven true that John Terry was chosen over Rio because of race then I would tell the FA that they can take back my 73 caps and scrub my name out of the record books. I would no longer want to be known as someone who played for England - that would be the end for me. At the very least Rio should have been given the opportunity to say 'no, I don't want to be in the same squad as John Terry'." Sol Campbell makes his feelings known on the inclusion of John Terry in the England squad, and the absence of Rio Ferdinand.

"It is quite simple. You come in and do a hard day's work. You make sure in training and on match days you come in and you can take your top off and wring it out and it will be soaking wet," new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers lays down his demands at Anfield. Let's hope the club has a reliable washing machine.

"Football is mourning. I got up and the first thing I heard is the news about Manolo Preciado. Life is unfair and a great person has gone." Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos reacts to the death of Villarreal coach Manual Preciado at the age of 54 after suffering a heart attack.

"I'm at one of the big clubs in the history of English football and this is a great challenge and one I am genuinely enthused to embrace. Any club that has won a European Cup, seven English league titles, and the FA Cup seven times is going to retain a certain status. I have my own levels of expectancy, which I am determined to try and meet, and my job will be to get this club going again." Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert on the challenges of his new role after departing Norwich City.

"Apparently I split him to the bone. We are hard in Scotland — this is how we celebrate."A bloodied Alasdair Strokosch on headbutting team-mate Joe Ansbro after Scotland end their seven-game losing streak by beating Australia 9-6 for a first win Down Under since 1982.

"The most unbelievably gutsy shot I've ever seen." Jack Nicklaus, after watching Tiger Woods chip in for birdie at the par-3 16th during the final round of the Memorial Tournament.

''To do it here, Jack watching on the last hole ... he means a lot to all of us as players. We all looked up to him, and he's the greatest champion that's ever lived.'' Tiger Woods after winning the Memorial Tournament and equalling the record of course host Nicklaus for second on the all-time PGA Tour wins list with 73 titles.

"I wasn't joking. People have been coming up to me to ask about (it) and I've been telling them that I meant what I said. To be honest, I get fed up with those who sit on the fence." British golf coach Pete Cowen restates his belief that Europe's "B" team could beat the US team in this year's Ryder Cup at Medinah.