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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jimmy Connors  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1952 in East St. Louis, Illinois


-- Website -- http://jimmyconnors.net
-- Jimmy Connors on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=jimmy+connors


Illinois Connection

Jimmy Connors was born and raised in Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Connors grew up in Belleville, Illinois, across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. He played in his first U.S. Championship, the U.S. boys' 11-and-under of 1961, when he was only eight years old. Connors' mother, Gloria, took him to Southern California to be coached by Pancho Segura, starting at age 16, in 1968. During his career Connors won eight Grand Slam singles titles and two Grand Slam doubles titles.


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Titles At Your Library

The Outsider: A Memoir
ISBN: 0061242993

Harper. 2013

The Outsider is a no-holds-barred memoir by the original bad boy of tennis, Jimmy Connors.

Connors ignited the tennis boom in the 1970s with his aggressive style of play, turning his matches with John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, and Ivan Lendl into prizefights. But it was his prolonged dedication to his craft that won him the public’s adoration. He capped off one of the most remarkable runs in tennis history at the age of 39 when he reached the semifinals of the 1991 U.S. Open, competing against players half his age.

More than just the story of a tennis champion, The Outsider is the uncensored account of Connors' life, from his complicated relationship with his formidable mother and his storybook romance with tennis legend Chris Evert, to his battles with gambling and fidelity that threatened to derail his career and his long-lasting marriage to Playboy playmate Patti McGuire.

When he retired from tennis twenty years ago, Connors all but disappeared from public view. In The Outsider, he is back at the top of his game, and as feisty, outspoken, and defiant as ever.

This autobiography includes original color photographs from the author.


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