Jimmy Connors is retired world No. 1 tennis player of American origin. He is considered one of the greatest in the history of sports. He has a record of holding the top ATP ranking for continuous 160 weeks from 1974 to 1977. He holds the three prominent Open Era men’s singles records of bagging 109 titles, winner of 1256 matches out of 1535 matches played.
Connors was well known for his blazing competitiveness, bitter relationships with peers and rude behaviour. He is often compared to an American baseball player Pete Rose for same reasons.
James Scott Connors was born on September 2, 1952, and grew up in Illinois in a Catholic family. In his early childhood, he was coached for the sport by his mother and grandmother. When he was just 9 years old, he played his first U.S. Championship in 1962 in the under-11 U.S. boys’.
He has a brother with whom he attended St. Phillip’s grade school. At the age of 16 in 1968, he started his training under Pancho Segura, an esteemed tennis player of the 1940’s in California. His college phase was brief and casual. At the University of California at Los Angeles, Connors won the Singles Championship of NCAA Division I and received an All-American honour in 1971.
In 1974, Connors was engaged to fellow tennis pro-Chris Evert, but was broken before the Wimbledon Championship of 1975. Followed by her, Connors got engaged with former Miss World Marjorie Wallace in 1976. But in 1979 he married Patti McGuire, who was a model with the Playboy magazine. They have two children together who stay at California.
Early Career Years: Connors had a very early career start. His first victory was marked in 1970 of the Pacific Southwest Open in Los Angeles. The following year he won the NCAA singles title at his own college, UCLA. In 1972 he turned into a professional and became the winner of Jacksonville Open. Connors rose into public view after he outlived five sets of U.S. Pro Singles against former Wimbledon Champion Arthur Ashe in 1973. In 1974, he had seasoned in his sport among all ages and won Grand Slam Tournaments- Australian Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open.
Peak years of the career: During 1974, Connors had become a dominant player. He had won 15 tournaments that year which also included three out of the four singles titles of Grand Slam. Due to his association with the World Team Tennis (WTT), he was not allowed to participate in the French Open that denied him a chance to become the first male player after Rod Laver to triumph the four major singles titles.
On the other hand, he won the Australian Open in all four sets, Wimbledon and U.S. Open. Out of five U.S. Open from the year 1974 to 1978, he won three times with each being on different surfaces (grass, clay and hard).
During the tennis open era, Connors is one of the six men to have won three or more Grand Slam singles in a year. He was ranked No. 1 in the ATP world on July 29, 1974, which he held for 160 weeks, until Roger Federer exceeded the same on February 26, 2002.
Connors has won 109 singles titles and 15 doubles title- one of them is Wimbledon in 1973 and the other one is 1975 U.S. Open. All in all, he has won 1,337 matches in the open era with his win-loss record as 1,337-285.
He is the only player to have won the U.S. Open and the Grand Slam singles on three different surfaces. He has reached the semi-finals of the Grand Slam Singles 31 times, which was outdone by Roger Federer at Wimbledon 2012; and quarterfinals 41 times again outdone by Federer in Wimbledon 2014. He was introduced into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Hall of Fame in 1986 and International Hall of Fame in 1998.
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Connors did commentary for 1990 and 1991 French Open and Wimbledon with NBC-TV and with BBC for Wimbledon from 2005 to 2007. He also functioned as a commentator and an analyst for Tennis Channels since 2009. He had coached former No. 1 women Maria Sharapova in July 2013 as announced by her website, but soon after, the partnership came to an end.
He published his autobiography The Outsider in 2013 which won the “Best Autobiography” by the British Sports Book Awards. The tennis champion’s net worth is estimated at $13 million US dollars as of 2017.
He usually played independent tournaments and did not join the Association of Tennis Professionals Union for which and he quickly got a reputation as a ‘maverick’ among the tennis community. The title is considered to be a stimulus for his journal- The Outsider. Connors final ATP match was in 1996, however, he certainly did not retire from tennis.