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6. The day you beat Ivan Lendl

“Sure, on a given day I could beat him. But it would have to be a day he had food poisoning.”

American tennis star Mel Purcell isn’t exactly a tennis legend, with a career high ranking of 21. Purcell’s most famous achievement was reaching the 1983 Wimbledon Quarter-Final.

Unsurprisingly, Purcell lost to 8-time Grand Slam champion Ivan Lendl plenty of times in his career. But, he did manage to find the funny side of things though. When asked if he could beat Lendl, he said the above quote.

Ironically, Purcell did manage to beat Lendl later in his career. Who knows, maybe Lendl did have food poisoning that day!

Mel Purcell

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