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Winner of the Autobiography/Biography of the Year at the British Sports Book Awards 2014.
It’s been a long wait for an autobiography from tennis superstar Jimmy Connors and here, from the heart, a full and frank view of his life and tennis. Less of a blow-by-blow account of the famous matches than an inside view of the rise of professional tennis, the politics, the relationships, the factions and the razzmatazz of the circuit. Now on his third hip replacement, Jimmy Connors may have given up playing but he’s lost none of his love for the game and the fans.
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Jimmy Connors took the tennis world by storm like no player in the history of the game. A shaggy-haired working-class kid from the wrong side of the tracks, he was prepared to battle for every point, to shout and scream until he was heard, and he didn't care whom he upset in doing so. He was brash, he was a brat. He was a crowd-pleaser, a revolutionary. And he won more tournaments - an astonishing 109 - than any other man in history, including eight Grand Slam singles titles. Only now is Connors ready to set the record straight on what really happened on and off the court. The rivalry with John McEnroe, that frequently threatened to turn violent, with Bjorn Borg, and Ivan Lendl. His romance with Chris Evert, which made them the sweethearts of the sport. The escapades with his partner in crime, Ilie Nastase. The deep roots of the fierce determination that made him the best player on the planet. This is no genteel memoir of a pillar of the tennis establishment. Unflinching, hard-hitting, humorous and passionate, this is the story of a legend - the one and only Jimmy Connors.
|Publication date:||5th June 2014|
|Publisher:||Corgi Books an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Primary Genre||Biographies & Autobiographies|
An engrossing five-setter, with intense exchanges and no tiebreakers... Like the individualists Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra, Pete Rose and Chuck Berry, Connors was authentic. The book reflects that swagger. New York Times
Eye-poppingly indiscreet: The Outsider makes most sports autobiographies feel like very tepid affairs in comparison. Daily Mail
Exhilarating... served up at full pelt, as if Connors were charging at readers with his double-handed backhand, complete with sweaty grunts. Mail on Sunday
As spiky and uncompromising as you would hope... candid and funny. -- Marcus Berkmann Daily Mail, Sports Books of the Year
Jimmy Connors was born in 1952 and grew up in East St Louis, Illinois, learning his tennis under the tutelage of his mother Gloria. He became Under-16 national champion and won a scholarship to UCLA, but after winning the Inter-Collegiate Singles title, quit his studies in January 1972 to turn pro. He won his first major title in the men's doubles with Ilie Nastase at Wimbledon in 1973 and the following year won not only his first Wimbledon singles title but the Australian and US Open too. He went on to win eight Grand Slam singles titles in total, including Wimbledon again in 1982, ...More About Jimmy Connors