The Outsider

The Outsider

A Memoir

Book - 2013
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A no-holds-barred memoir by the original bad boy of tennis. Jimmy Connors ignited the tennis boom in the 1970s with his aggressive style of play, turning his matches with John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, and Ivan Lendl into prizefights. But it was his prolonged dedication to his craft that won him the public's adoration. He capped off one of the most remarkable runs in tennis history at the age of 39 when he reached the semifinals of the 1991 U.S. Open, competing against players half his age. Here is the uncensored account of Connors' life, from his complicated relationship with his formidable mother and his storybook romance with tennis legend Chris Evert, to his battles with gambling and fidelity that threatened to derail his career and his long-lasting marriage to Playboy playmate Patti McGuire. When he retired twenty years ago, Connors all but disappeared from public view--but here he is, as feisty, outspoken, and defiant as ever.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061242991
0061242993
Characteristics: viii, 401 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 24 cm.

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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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