The Outsider

The Outsider

A Memoir

Book - 2013 | 1st ed. --
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Jimmy Connors is a working-man's hero, a people's champion who could tear the cover off a tennis ball, just as he tore the cover off the country-club gentility of his sport. A renegade from the wrong side of the tracks, Connors broke the rules with a radically aggressive style of play and bad-boy antics that turned his matches into prizefights. In 1974 alone, he won 95 out of 99 matches, all of them while wearing the same white shorts he washed in the sink of his hotel bathrooms. Though he lived the rock star life away from tennis, his enduring dedication to his craft earned him eight Grand Slam singles titles and kept him among the top ten best players in the world for sixteen straight years--five at number one.

In The Outsider, Connors tells the complete, uncensored story of his life and career, setting the record straight about his formidable mother, Gloria; his very public romance with America's sweetheart Chris Evert; his famous opponents, including Björn Borg, John McEnroe, Arthur Ashe, Ivan Lendl, and Rod Laver; his irrepressible co-conspirators Ilie Nastase and Vitas Gerulaitis; and his young nemesis Andre Agassi. Connors reveals how his issues with obsessive-compulsive disorder, dyslexia, gambling, and women at various times threatened to derail his career and his long-lasting marriage to Playboy Playmate Patti McGuire.

Presiding over an era that saw tennis attract a new breed of passionate fans--from cops to tycoons--Connors transformed the game forever with his two-handed backhand, his two-fisted lifestyle, and his epic rivalries.

The Outsider is a grand slam of a memoir written by a man once again at the top of his game--as feisty, unvarnished, and defiant as ever.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780061242991
0061242993
Characteristics: viii, 401 p. : ill. (some col.)

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bibliokrisp
Sep 12, 2015

I love tennis, so I've been curious about this since it was published. Connors grew up not far from where I did, so that was interesting. Writing was serviceable but not artful. A bit ham-handed and often lacking in depth. But Connors is honest about his faults and clearly loves his family and friends. I just don't get the impression that he has much class or caring for others. He seems to expect people to hate him, so he hates them first. And that makes for tiring reading.

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thenecromancer
Aug 20, 2013

Great book. I always admired Connors for sticking around so long. Not a player today like him. Also read McEnroe and Agassi biographies.

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cjiybow
Aug 17, 2013

Fantastic!!! Great read! Best of the bunch of recent tennis autobiographies. Connors wasn't my favorite player growing up but after reading his book I can't help but think that Connors is a truly decent guy whose commitment to the fight is something I misunderstood. His rivalry with Johnny Mac was electric! Respect!!!

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candle
Jun 15, 2013

Connors was always full of himself and still is. His redeeming qualities? He likes dogs.

LIKETOREAD2 May 30, 2013

Jimmy Connors was engaged to Chris Evert, but they never married.

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