Jimmy Connors Isn't There To Make Friends In 'This Is What They Want'
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"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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