Quotation by Bill Tilden

Tennis is more than just a sport. It's an art, like the ballet. Or like a performance in the theater. When I step on the court I feel like Anna Pavlova. Or like Adelina Patti. Or even like Sarah Bernhardt. I see the footlights in front of me. I hear the whisperings of the audience. I feel an icy shudder. Win or die! Now or never! It's the crisis of my life.
Bill Tilden (1893–1953), U.S. tennis player. Quoted in Prokosch, "A Bernhardt," Voices: A Memoir (1983).

Said to Frederic Prokosch.
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