It is not clear whether Andy Murray was describing the sport as a whole or merely his own contribution when yesterday, staring defeat in the face, he shattered the funereal quiet of Centre Court and bellowed 'Horrible tennis, horrible'. Both are possible.
Two days ago, having slaughtered No 3 seed Andy Roddick, he was lauded as a national hero in the light of the pitiful offerings served up by England's cricket and football teams.
But it is a cruel game that means he joins them this morning as footnotes in the summer of sporting sorrow.
His choice of words was also the perfect way to describe his display against arch-party-pooper Marcos Baghdatis who eliminated the British No 1 in three anti-climactic sets.
The Cypriot did not put a foot wrong during a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 demolition that took less time than it takes to lose on penalties and, rather like Sven-Goran Eriksson's shower, Murray simply failed to rise to the occasion.
"I just didn't feel good in the whole match," the Scot lamented. "I hardly got myself into any rallies, which is normally what I do best.
"When you're making so many mistakes and missing so many returns, it's difficult to win the match. On return, it's got to be up there with the worst this year.
"That wasn't good and slightly disappointing after the way I played on Saturday.".
It is difficult to believe it was the same player. The man who made Roddick, a two-time Wimbledon finalist, look like a grasscourt novice made Baghdatis - a grasscourt novice, look like a two-time finalist.
The 14,000 Centre Court fans who expected Murray to move into his first Grand Slam quarter-final could not have been more taken aback.
He was broken early on, then held a break-back point as Baghdatis served for the set but could not convert it. Having saved one set-point by virtue of a lucky net-cord, he could do nothing as the world No 16 thundered an ace past him to go 1-0 up.
Murray actually took his opponent's serve in the second game of the next set but, at 4-2, he coughed up two double-faults and the advantage was gone.
It was reversed in his next service game when a ridiculous drop-shot gave Baghdatis an easy kill on 30-40. That was effectively 2-0.
Murray took the third set to a tiebreak but two more doubles in that gave Baghdatis four match points. He only needed one.
By contrast another 19-year-old, Maria Sharapova, was able to find something inside to negate the fact she was not playing particularly well in her fourth-round match.
The Sharapova Shriek was in full cry on Court Two as the 2004 champion - the only previous winner left in the women's draw - was stretched almost to breaking point by No 16 seed Flavia Pennetta.
Sharapova's infamous grunt was close to an all-time high as she took more than two hours to break down Pennetta's dogged defence for a 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 win.
Having lost the second set, she also took herself off for the lengthy bathroom break that seems customary when products of Nick Bolletieri's academy get into a tight spot.
The fact that Sharapova played her worst two sets of tennis this tournament - the first two - owed a lot to Pennetta's contribution.
Although she won the first set on a tiebreak, she did it in spite of a faltering serve that relinquished seven double faults and the 21 unforced errors that emanated from both wings.
She wasted a set point on the Pennetta serve at 5-4 and one in the breaker but a big forehand return had her opponent back-pedalling and unable to control her reply.
One set up, it was assumed the Siberian would take control but Pennetta came roaring back into contention by capitalising on a string of wayward attempted winners to level the match.
Sharapova was a different animal in the decider. The howitzer forehand began to find the lines and her determined screams of "C'mon" almost drowned out the grunting.
She broke to 30 in the third game and then, with her second match point, manoeuvred Pennetta to her backhand corner and rolled the ball to the opposite side.
"I didn't feel like I was playing my best tennis; in the end, it all came down to how much I fought," Sharapova said. "I was missing a lot of approach shots and, in the third, I finally hit a few. I put a lot of pressure on her.
"I'll have to step it up for my next match. Hopefully, I'll improve tomorrow," she said in reference to her quarter-final meeting with compatriot Elena Dementieva, who ended American interest in either singles competition by slaughtering Shenay Perry in straight sets.
Also through are Belgian duo Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Hardenne, former French Open champion Anastasia Myskina who disposed of Venus Williams' conqueror Jelena Jankovic and No 1 seed Amelie Mauresmo but Nicole Vaidisova went out to Na Li after leading by a set and Ai Sugiyama went down to Severine Bremond.
Roger Federer glided into the last eight, as did Radek Stepanek and Jonas Bjorkman.