Jimmy Connors

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James Scott "Jimmy" Connors is a former world number one tennis player from the United States. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Connors won eight Grand Slam singles titles and two Grand Slam doubles titles with Ilie Năstase.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Jimmy Connors.


1952 Birth Born on September 2, 1952.
1961 8 Years Old Connors grew up in East St. Louis, 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 nine years old.


1968 15 Years Old Connors' mother, Gloria, took him to Southern California to be coached by Pancho Segura, starting at age 16, in 1968. … Read More
1970 17 Years Old In 1970, Connors recorded his first victory in the first round of the Pacific Southwest Open in Los Angeles, defeating Roy Emerson.
1971 18 Years Old In 1971, Connors won the NCAA singles title as a Freshman while attending the University of California, Los Angeles, and attaining All-American status.
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He turned professional in 1972 and won his first tournament, the Jacksonville Open.


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However, Connors played in other tournaments and won the 1973 US Pro Singles, his first significant title, toppling Arthur Ashe in a five-set final, 6–3, 4–6, 6–4, 3–6, 6–2.
Connors won eight Grand Slam singles championships: five US Opens, two Wimbledons, and one Australian Open. He did not participate in the French Open during his peak years (1974–78) and only played in two Australian Opens in his entire career, winning it in 1974 and reaching the final in 1975.
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Connors ended his business relationship with Riordan later in 1975. … Read More
At Wimbledon in 1977, he refused to participate in a parade of former champions to celebrate the tournament's centenary, choosing instead to practice in the grounds with Ilie Nastase while the parade took place.
1980 27 Years Old In the 1980 WCT Finals, Connors defeated the defending champion, John McEnroe. … Read More
However, in 1982, at age 29, Connors was back in the Wimbledon singles final, where he faced McEnroe, who by then was established firmly as the world's top player. … Read More


1987 - 1989 3 More Events
1990 37 Years Old His career seemed to be at an end in 1990, when he played only three tournament matches and lost all three, dropping to no. 936 in the world rankings.
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However, after surgery on his deteriorating left wrist, he came back to play 14 tournaments in 1991. An ailing back forced him to retire from a five-sets match in the third round of the French Open against Michael Chang, the 1989 champion. … Read More
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Connors participated in his last major tournament in the 1992 US Open, where he beat Jaime Oncins, 6–1, 6–2, 6–3, in the first round, before losing to Lendl (then ranked no. 7), 6–3, 3–6, 2–6, 0–6, in the second round.


1995 42 Years Old However, this would not be the end of his playing career. As late as June 1995, three months shy of his 43rd birthday Connors beat Sébastien Lareau, 6–4, 7–6, and Martin Sinner, 7–6, 6–0, to progress to the quarterfinals of the Halle event in Germany. … Read More
1996 43 Years Old Connors' last match on the main ATP tour came in April 1996, when he lost, 2–6, 6–3, 1–6, to Richey Reneberg in Atlanta. … Read More
1998 45 Years Old Connors was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998 and Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Hall of Fame in 1986. … Read More
2000 47 Years Old In 2000 he also declined to join a gathering of 58 former champions held to mark the millennium.


2005 52 Years Old …  During the Wimbledon tournaments of 2005, 2006, and 2007, Connors commentated for the BBC alongside John McEnroe (among others), providing moments of heated discussion between two former archrivals.
2006 53 Years Old On July 24, 2006, at the start of the Countrywide Classic tournament in Los Angeles, American tennis player Andy Roddick announced his partnership with Connors as his coach. On March 6, 2008, Roddick announced the end of that 19-month relationship.
2007 54 Years Old On January 8, 2007, Connors' mother and long-time coach, Gloria, died at the age of 82. … Read More


In his 2013 autobiography Connors blamed his missing the 1977 parade on the All England Club for not letting his doctor onto the grounds so that Connors could try on a customized splint for a thumb injury.
2014 61 Years Old Connors returned to BBC commentary at Wimbledon in 2014. … Read More
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