Jimmy Connors
American tennis player
Jimmy Connors
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.
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Connors a Kyrgios choice as coach for hothead talent
Yahoo News - 4 months
By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - American tennis great Jimmy Connors has put his hand up for one of the toughest coaching assignments in the world by offering to mentor Australia's wayward talent Nick Kyrgios. The 64-year-old Connors, a famous firebrand through a long career boasting eight grand slam titles, fittingly made his approach on Twitter, a medium favoured highly by the moody 21-year-old, recently banned from the tour for two months. "Kyrgios-- you want to be the best-- come see me-- you will learn to play, excite, and to win!! It's you choice-- or just be mediocre!gd luck," Connors tweeted.
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That Place Is Gonna Rock And Roll
ABC News - 6 months
var specialURLinexplicable = ''; if (window.location.hash != '') { specialURLinexplicable = window.location.hash; window.location.hash = ''; } T ime doesn't wait. It didn't wait for Bjorn Borg, who first quit tennis at 26, nor did it for John McEnroe, who never won a Grand Slam after age 25. In 1990, a year before his remarkable US Open run, it did not wait for Jimmy Connors, the Open era leader with 109 singles titles. It was the ideal opportunity, at 38, to walk off the stage. By that time, Connors, with all of his crassness, confrontation and class insecurities, had been replaced by a new generation of younger players. Andre Agassi, brash but not mean-spirited, and confident, driven players such as Pete Sampras and Jim Courier were the future of the new game. The Connors era, both in attitude and in the decline of the man himself, was seemingly over. The magic Connors would produce a year...
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Tennis-Fathers who have won grand slam titles
Yahoo News - 8 months
LONDON, July 10 (Reuters) - Following Andy Murray's triumph in the men's singles at Wimbledon on Sunday, this is a list of men who have won grand slam singles titles since 1980 after becoming fathers: Player Majors won after becoming a father Jimmy Connors (U.S.) Wimbledon (1982) U.S. Open (1982, 1983) Pat Cash (Australia) Wimbledon (1987) Andres Gomez (Ecuador) French Open (1990) Boris Becker (Germany) Australian Open (1996) Petr Korda (Czech Republic) Australian Open (1998) Yevgeny Kafelnikov (Russia) Australian Open (1999) Albert Costa (Spain) French Open (2002) Andre Agassi (U.S. ...
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Tennis - Federer sights new record and Wimbledon semi-finals
Yahoo News - 8 months
- Seven-time champion Roger Federer can reach an 11th Wimbledon semi-final on Wednesday and become the most successful Grand Slam match winner when he tackles Croatia's Marin Cilic. The 17-time major champion can also go level with Jimmy Connors' Wimbledon record of 84 wins if he beats Cilic for the sixth time in seven meetings. Federer, 34, has a 306-50 win-loss record in Grand Slam matches and is currently joint top of the list with Martina Navratilova (306-49) and ahead of Serena Williams (303-42).
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Murray hits 50 wins, Federer in 14th Wimbledon quarter-final
Yahoo News - 8 months
Andy Murray racked-up his 50th Wimbledon match win while Roger Federer reached the quarter-finals for the 14th time on Monday as the pair edged closer to a dream title match. Second seeded Murray, the 2013 champion, eased to a 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 win over fiery Australian Nick Kyrgios and will face French 12th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for a place in the semi-finals. Federer, meanwhile, went equal with Jimmy Connors' mark of 14 quarter-finals at Wimbledon and tied Martina Navratilova's all-time Slam record of 306 match wins by seeing off Steve Johnson of the United States 6-2, 6-3, 7-5.
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Tennis-Karlovic oldest man to reach French third round for 25 years
Yahoo News - 9 months
Croatian Ivo Karlovic became the oldest man to reach the third round of a grand slam for 25 years when the 37-year-old came through a marathon five-setter against Australian Jordan Thompson at the French Open on Wednesday. Karlovic, seeded 27, banged down 41 aces in a 6-7(2) 6-3 7-6(3) 6-7(4) 12-10 victory against the 22-year-old wildcard. Jimmy Connors reached the third round at the French and U.S. Opens in 1991, aged 38.
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Fritz blitz helps American teenager set Memphis milestone
Reuters.com - about 1 year
(Reuters) - Talented teenager Taylor Fritz surpassed Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi and John McEnroe to become the fastest American finalist on the ATP Tour after reaching the title decider in Memphis on Saturday.
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The Assault on Nadal at the French
Huffington Post Sports - almost 2 years
It is becoming more and more accepted in the world of tennis that Rafael Nadal has the smallest chance in years to take home the title at the French Open. Of course, he has been hampered by injury for the last 10 months. And of course, many of you will argue that since he has come back from injury before, then he should easily be able to do it again. But this time I believe it is different for a few reasons. Chiefly, Nadal is on the wrong side of 28, which by the way is a crucial age for tennis players. Then there is the emergence of the young talent, which has been displayed by two of the four Grand Slams being won by players outside of the Big Four last year. The final and biggest reason why I do not think that Nadal will emerge victorious at the French this year, rests with one man -- Novak Djokovic. I believe that right now, at least for the next few years, we will be firmly in the Djokovic era. In this article I want to discuss the assault on Nadal that will prevent him from victor ...
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Connors, Krickstein turn back the clock with reunion match
Yahoo News - about 2 years
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Relishing a reunion and heading for retirement from public matches, Jimmy Connors was in the first game of Tuesday's exhibition when he found himself in a long, arduous rally with Aaron Krickstein.
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Kardashians in Jock Straps: Why Sports Books Strike Out
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Once upon a time, sports books were revelatory. They told inside stories of competitive greatness, with a little bit of humor, sociology and male bonding thrown in. Today, most sports books are a disaster, devoted to self-justification, special pleading and settling scores. Athletes once were sportsmen and sportswomen. Today, they've turned into entertainment figures -- Kardashians in jock straps, if you will. And who really needs to read a book about that? I love sports books so much that I once posted a list of seventy great ones on Amazon (why, I don't know). But today, I'm finding neither greatness nor goodness in most of the sports books I encounter. The two latest embarrassments: They Call Me God: The Greatest Umpire of All Time, by Doug Harvey with Peter Golenbeck, who surely should have known better, and You Heard Me, by ESPN broadcaster Colin Cowherd, who clearly did not. Harvey was the greatest baseball umpire of all time; if you don't believe it, just ask him and he ...
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Tennis-Vintage Federer books Murray quarter-final
Yahoo News - about 3 years
* Federer books Melbourne Park re-match with Murray * Sets up Tsonga win with net-rushing game (Writes through, adds byline) By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Jan 20 (Reuters) - A majestic Roger Federer emphatically returned to the grand slam big-time by trouncing Jo Wilfried-Tsonga 6-3 7-5 6-4 at the Australian Open on Monday to book a blockbuster quarter-final with Wimbledon champion Andy Murray. The former world number one, coming off a wretched 2013, channelled the halcyon days of his new coach Stefan Edberg, swooping at the net to fell the stunned Frenchman at an electric Rod Laver Arena. Having suffered early exits at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, Federer muscled into his 41st grand slam quarter-final, equalling the record of American Jimmy Connors in the professional era. "What I've shown over the last three to four months to myself is that I'm more confident, that I know I'm most likely going to play okay in my next match, which wasn't always the case midway through last year." Having mau ...
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Tennis stars roll the dice with celebrity coaches
Yahoo News - about 3 years
On one hand there's Ivan Lendl, whose sage advice has helped Andy Murray win two Grand Slam titles and the admiration of the British public. On the other there's Jimmy Connors, whose ill-fated tie-up with Maria Sharapova lasted just one match before they went their separate ways. With players increasingly turning to yesterday's stars as coaches, the question is which celebrity partnerships will live long in the memory, and which will be best forgotten. When the Australian Open gets under way next week, there will at times be as many Grand Slam winners in the players' boxes as on the courts.
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Jimmy Connors Isn't There To Make Friends In 'This Is What They Want'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"I'm out here playing my butt off, 39 years old, and you're doing that?" Tennis great Jimmy Connors did not like it when chair umpires aggrieved him during matches. He especially didn't like it during the 1991 U.S. Open, where Connors, who ranked just 174 in the world before the Open began, made an unlikely and memorable run to the tournament's semifinals. "Jimmy was a guy who wasn't going to listen to authority. He questioned the whole notion of somebody sitting in a chair in judgement of him and his actions and his shots," Brian Koppelman told The Huffington Post. Koppelman directed the new ESPN 30 For 30 film on Connors' 1991 U.S. Open performance, "This Is What They Want," with David Levien, his frequent writing partner (the duo wrote "Rounders" and the recent film "Runner Runner"). "To Jimmy, this thing was a cage fight," Koppelman continued. "Cage fights shouldn't have a referee and neither should this. We were fascinated by him because of that. It's why the whole world was ...
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Video: Jimmy Connors talks "bad attitude" toward tennis
CBS News - over 3 years
Tennis legend Jimmy Connors won eight Grand Slam singles titles, including five US Open tournaments. He joined the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts to discuss this year's tournament, as well as his new book. "The Outsider: A Memoir."
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Roger Federer Failed To Reach A Grand Slam Final In 2013: Can He Make It Back To The Top?
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
It might be time to start getting used to not seeing Roger Federer late in Grand Slam tournaments. At 32 years old, the record holder for career Grand Slam men's singles titles failed to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals for the first time in a decade. With Federer's loss to 19th-seeded Tommy Robredo in straight sets on Monday night, 2013 also marks the first time since 2002 that the Swiss star failed to appear in a Grand Slam final. He lost in the semifinals at the Australian Open, in the quarterfinals at the French Open and was ousted in the second round at Wimbledon. "I've definitely got to go back to work and come back stronger," Federer said on Monday after getting upset in New York. "Get rid of this loss now as quick as I can, forget about it, because that's not how I want to play from here on. I want to play better. I know I can." If Federer can't "play better" in 2014 or beyond then his 2012 Wimbledon title, won at age 31, would end up being his final Grand Slam title. Judgi ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jimmy Connors
  • 2014
    Connors returned to BBC commentary at Wimbledon in 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Connors has also served as a commentator and analyst for the Tennis Channel since the US Open tournament of 2009.
  • 2013
    In 2013, Connors published his autobiography The Outsider.
    More Details Hide Details It won the British Sports Book Awards in the "Best Autobiography/Biography" category. In 1968, Connors' mother Gloria sent her son to work with Pancho Segura in Southern California.
    On August 15, 2013 Sharapova confirmed that she had ended the partnership with Connors after just one match together.
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    In July 2013 former women's world No. 1 Maria Sharapova announced on her website that Connors was her new coach.
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    In May 2013, Connors wrote his autobiography in which he alleged that Evert, a Roman Catholic, was pregnant with their child and that she unilaterally made the decision to have it aborted.
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    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.
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  • 2007
    On January 8, 2007, Connors' mother and long-time coach, Gloria, died at the age of 82.
    More Details Hide Details On November 21, 2008, Connors was arrested outside an NCAA basketball game between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of California at Santa Barbara after refusing to comply with an order to leave an area near the entrance to the stadium. The charges were dismissed by a judge on February 10, 2009.
  • 2006
    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.
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  • 2005
    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.
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  • 2000
    In 2000 he also declined to join a gathering of 58 former champions held to mark the millennium.
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  • 1998
    Connors was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998 and Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Hall of Fame in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details He also has a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. In the modern era of power tennis, Connors style of play has often been cited as highly influential, especially in the development of the flat backhand. Larry Schwartz on ESPN.com said about Connors, "His biggest weapons were an indomitable spirit, a two-handed backhand and the best service return in the game.
  • 1996
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Connors won a male record 109 singles titles. He also won 15 doubles titles (including the men's doubles titles at Wimbledon in 1973 and the US Open in 1975). In his 1979 autobiography, Jack Kramer, the long-time tennis promoter and great player himself, ranked Connors as one of the 21 best players of all time. Connors won more matches (1,337) than any other male professional tennis player in the open era. His career win-loss record was 1,337–285 for a winning percentage of 82.4. He played 401 tournaments and through many years it was a record until Fabrice Santoro overcame it in 2008. Connors was the only player to win the US Open on three different surfaces: grass, clay, and hard. He was also the first male tennis player to win Grand Slam singles titles on three different surfaces: grass (1974), clay (1976), and hard (1978).
  • 1995
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Connors lost this quarterfinal, 6–7, 3–6 to Marc Rosset.
  • 1992
    In September 1992, Connors played Martina Navratilova in the third Battle of the Sexes tennis match at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    More Details Hide Details Connors was allowed only one serve per point and Navratilova was allowed to hit into half the doubles court. Connors won, 7–5, 6–2.
    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.
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  • 1991
    Connors recuperated and made an improbable run to the 1991 US Open semifinals which he later said were "the best 11 days of my tennis career."
    More Details Hide Details On his 39th birthday he defeated 24-year-old Aaron Krickstein, 3–6, 7–6, 1–6, 6–3, 7–6, in 4 hours and 41 minutes, coming back from a 2–5 deficit in the final set. Connors then defeated Paul Haarhuis in the quarterfinals before losing to Jim Courier. 22 years later ESPN aired a documentary commemorating Connors' run.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Connors walked off the court after hitting a winner against Chang.
  • 1990
    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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  • 1989
    At the 1989 US Open, Connors defeated the third seed (and future two-time champion), Stefan Edberg, in straight sets in the fourth round and pushed sixth-seeded Andre Agassi to five sets in a quarterfinal.
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  • 1988
    In July 1988, Connors ended a four-year title drought by winning the Sovran Bank Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C. It was the 106th title of his career.
    More Details Hide Details Connors had played in 56 tournaments and 12 finals since his previous victory in the Tokyo Indoors against Lendl in October 1984.
  • 1987
    In the fourth round of the 1987 Wimbledon Championships, Connors defeated Mikael Pernfors, ten years his junior, 1–6, 1–6, 7–5, 6–4, 6–2, after having trailed 4–1 in the third set and 3–0 in the fourth set.
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  • 1982
    Head to head in major championship finals, Connors took both meetings, winning the 1982 and 1983 US Open.
    More Details Hide Details Connors continued to compete against younger men well into his 41st year.
    Connors defeated another of the next generation of tennis stars, Ivan Lendl, in the 1982 US Open final and soon regained the world No. 1 ranking.
    More Details Hide Details Connors has a tour record of 13–22 against Lendl, but Lendl is seven years younger than Connors and had a losing record against Connors until he won their last seventeen matches from 1984 through 1992, after Connors' prime.
    Head to head in major championship finals, they split their two meetings, Connors winning the 1982 Wimbledon and McEnroe winning the 1984 Wimbledon.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Connors recovered from being three points away from defeat in a fourth-set tie-break (at 3–4) to win the match, 3–6, 6–3, 6–7, 7–6, 6–4, and claim his second Wimbledon title, eight years after his first. Although Connors' tour record against McEnroe is 14–20, McEnroe is six years younger than Connors and had a losing record against Connors until he won 12 out of their last 14 meetings.
  • 1980
    In the 1980 WCT Finals, Connors defeated the defending champion, John McEnroe.
    More Details Hide Details McEnroe and Borg were battling for the top spot in those years, while Connors played the role of the spoiler.
  • 1977
    Former Miss World Marjorie Wallace was engaged to Connors in 1977, but in 1979 Connors married Playboy model Patti McGuire.
    More Details Hide Details They have two children, and live in the Santa Barbara, California area. In the fall of 1988, Connors auditioned to host the NBC daytime version of Wheel of Fortune, a show he and his wife "never missed an episode" of. However, the job went to Rolf Benirschke. According to show creator Merv Griffin, many news outlets tried to get their hands on Connors' audition tape, but Griffin refused to release it because he said "it wouldn't have been fair to Jimmy". In the 1990s he joined his brother John Connors as investors in the Argosy Gaming Company which owned riverboat casinos on the Mississippi River. The two owned 19 percent of the company which was headquartered in the St. Louis metropolitan area of East Alton, Illinois. Argosy narrowly averted bankruptcy in the late 1990s and Connors' brother John personally sought Chapter 7 bankruptcy. In the liquidation, Connors, through his company, Smooth Swing, acquired the Alystra Casino in Henderson, Nevada, for $1.9 million from Union Planters Bank, which had foreclosed on John. John had opened the casino in 1995 with announced plans to include a Jimmy Connors theme area. It was shuttered in 1998 and became a magnet for homeless and thieves who stripped its copper piping. The casino never reopened under Connors' ownership and it was destroyed in a May 2008 fire.
    He was even booed at Wimbledon – a rare show of disapproval there—for snubbing the Parade of Champions on the first day of the Centenary in 1977."
    More Details Hide Details His brash behavior both on and off the court earned him a reputation as the brat of the tennis world. Tennis commentator Bud Collins nicknamed Connors the "Brash Basher of Belleville" after the St Louis suburb where he grew up. But Connors himself thrived on the energy of the crowd, positive or negative, and manipulated and exploited it to his advantage in many of the greatest matches of his career. Connors was taught to hit the ball on the rise by his teaching-pro mother, Gloria Connors, a technique he used to defeat the opposition in the early years of his career. Gloria sent her son to Southern California to work with Pancho Segura at the age of 16. Segura advanced Connors' game of hitting the ball on the rise which enabled Connors to reflect the power and velocity of his opponents back at them. Segura was the master strategist in developing Jimmy's complete game. In the 1975 Wimbledon final, Arthur Ashe countered this strategy by taking the pace off the ball, giving Connors only soft junk shots (dinks, drop shots, and lobs) to hit.
    However, he entered this round-robin competition in 1977 when it moved to New York City.
    More Details Hide Details Although Connors lost a celebrated late-night match to Vilas, 4–6, 6–3, 5–7, he took the title by defeating Borg in the final, 6–4, 1–6, 6–4. Connors had shining moments against John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl, both of whom rose to prominence after Connors peaked in the mid-1970s. He would continue to compete against much younger players and had one of the most remarkable comebacks for any athlete when he reached the semifinals of the 1991 US Open at the age of 39.
    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.
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  • 1975
    Connors dropped Riordan and eventually the lawsuits after losing to Ashe in the 1975 Wimbledon final (according to the official film produced by Wimbledon 1975, his $2 million suit against Ashe was still outstanding when the two met in the 1975 Wimbledon final).
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    Connors ended his business relationship with Riordan later in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details Connors played Newcombe in four tour events, with Newcombe winning the first two meetings on grass (1973 US Open quarterfinal and 1975 Australian Open final) and Connors winning the last two on hard courts (1978 Sydney Indoor quarterfinal and 1979 Hong Kong round of 16). Connors won all three meetings with Rod Laver in tour events.
  • 1974
    Connors was engaged to fellow tennis pro Chris Evert, and they each triumphed in the singles events at the 1974 Wimbledon Championships; a feat labelled "The Lovebird Double" by the media. Their engagement was broken off shortly before the 1975 Wimbledon championship.
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    Connors also irritated sponsors and tennis officials by shunning the end-of-year Masters championship from 1974 through 1976.
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    Connors was seeking to enter the French Open, but the ATP and French officials opposed WTT because of scheduling conflicts, so the entries of WTT players were refused between 1974 and 1978.
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    The lawsuits stemmed from the French Open banning Connors in 1974 after he had signed a contract to play World Team Tennis (WTT) for the Baltimore Banners.
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    In 1974, Connors and Riordan began filing lawsuits, amounting to $10 million, against the ATP and its president, Arthur Ashe, for allegedly restricting his freedom in the game.
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    During his best years of 1974 through 1978, Connors was challenged the most by Borg, with twelve matches on tour during that time frame.
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    He was the ATP year-end no. 1 player from 1974 through 1978 and held the world No. 1 ranking for a total of 268 weeks during his career.
    More Details Hide Details Prominent contemporary players with Connors included Phil Dent, Brian Gottfried, Raul Ramírez, Harold Solomon, Dick Stockton, Roscoe Tanner, and Guillermo Vilas. His older rivals included Arthur Ashe, Rod Laver, Ilie Năstase, John Newcombe, Manuel Orantes, Ken Rosewall, and Stan Smith. His prominent younger opponents included Björn Borg, Vitas Gerulaitis, Ivan Lendl, and John McEnroe.
    Connors reached the ATP world No. 1 ranking on July 29, 1974 and held it for 160 consecutive weeks, a record until it was surpassed by Roger Federer on February 26, 2007.
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    Connors reached the final of the US Open in five straight years from 1974 through 1978, winning three times with each win being on a different surface (1974 on grass, 1976 on clay and 1978 on hard).
    More Details Hide Details He reached the final of Wimbledon four out of five years during his peak (1974, 1975, 1977 and 1978). Despite not being allowed to play in the French Open for a number of years, he was still able to reach the semifinals four times in his career. In the open era, Connors is one of only six men to win three or more Grand Slam singles titles in a calendar year. Others include: Rod Laver who won the Grand Slam in 1969; Mats Wilander won the Australian, French and US Open in 1988; Roger Federer won the Australian, Wimbledon and US Open in 2004, 2006 and 2007; Rafael Nadal won the French, Wimbledon, and US Open in 2010; and Novak Djokovic won the Australian, Wimbledon, and US Open in 2011 and 2015.
    In 1974, Connors was the dominant player.
    More Details Hide Details He had a 99–4 record that year and won 15 tournaments, including three of the four Grand Slam singles titles. The French Open did not allow Connors to participate due to his association with World Team Tennis (WTT). However, he won the Australian Open, defeating Phil Dent in four sets. He also beat Ken Rosewall in straight sets in the finals of both Wimbledon and the US Open. His exclusion from the French Open denied him the opportunity to become the first male player since Rod Laver to win all four Major singles titles in a calendar year.
    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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  • 1973
    The two would team up to win the doubles championships at the 1973 Wimbledon and the 1975 US Open.
    More Details Hide Details Orantes upset Connors in the final of the 1975 US Open, but Connors is 11–3 overall against Orantes in tour events. On the other hand, Vilas wore down Connors in the final of the 1977 US Open and was much more competitive in all of their meetings. Connors was only able to manage a 5–4 record against Vilas in tour events. In 1975, Connors won two highly touted "Challenge Matches", both arranged by the Riordan company and televised nationally by CBS Sports from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. Connors won that match, 6–4, 6–2, 3–6, 7–5. In April, Connors met Newcombe in a match billed as a $250,000 winner-takes-all. Connors won the match, 6–3, 4–6, 6–2, 6–4.
    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.
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  • 1972
    Connors was acquiring a reputation as a maverick in 1972 when he refused to join the newly formed Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), the union that was embraced by most male professional players, in order to play in and dominate a series of smaller tournaments organized by Bill Riordan, his manager.
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    He turned professional in 1972 and won his first tournament, the Jacksonville Open.
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  • 1971
    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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  • 1970
    In 1970, Connors recorded his first victory in the first round of the Pacific Southwest Open in Los Angeles, defeating Roy Emerson.
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  • 1968
    Connors' mother, Gloria, took him to Southern California to be coached by Pancho Segura, starting at age 16, in 1968.
    More Details Hide Details He won the Junior Orange Bowl in both the 12- and the 14-year categories, and is one of only nine tennis players to win the Junior Orange Bowl championship twice in its 70-year history, which list includes Andy Murray, Jennifer Capriati, Monica Seles, and Yishai Oliel.
  • 1961
    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.
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  • 1952
    Born on September 2, 1952.
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