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Tennis legend Jimmy Connors: His nicknames, his sports career

Tennis legend Jimmy Connors: His nicknames, his sports career !

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Jimmy Connors

Jimmy Connors, also known as James Scott Connors, is an American professional tennis player who was born on September 2, 1952, in East Saint Louis, Illinois.

He held the ATP world number one position for 268 weeks, including 160 straight weeks between 1974 and 1977. During his very lengthy career (1972–1996), he won eight Grand Slam singles championships, including the US Open five times and Wimbledon twice. He is regarded as one of the best tennis players of all time with 149 trophies under his belt, including 109 singles titles classified by the ATP, the most ever in the Open era.

His position in the Top 3 of the world ranking at the end of the singles season for 12 years (from 1973 to 1984)—including five in a row in first place—is one of his most important achievements, perhaps one of the most underappreciated and yet noteworthy (from 1974 to 1978). Record is still unmatched today; neither Lendl nor the Big 3—Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic—have achieved it.

He was a strong-willed left-handed player who was among the first to overuse his two-handed backhand, which he loved to blast as hard as he could from the back of the court as soon as the service was reinstituted.

His unwavering competitiveness, charm, and sense of humor eventually helped him over the years to become one of the players most well-liked by the general public after he was once deemed to be excessively arrogant by the tennis community in the 1970s.

Jimmy Connors wed Playmate Patti McGuire, who was named Playmate of the Year in 1977 and Miss November 1976, and the couple had two children.

Gameplay style

One of the best players throughout the Open era may be Jimmy Connors. Only Bill Tilden, Pancho Gonzales, and Ken Rosewall—whom he defeated in the Wimbledon and US Open finals in his forties—have had careers as lengthy as his in terms of chronology. Jimmy Connors is regarded as one of the best raisers of all time. In addition to his tremendous combativeness, Jimmy Connors’ left-handed game is centered around his powerful two-handed backhand, played flat, and his service returns of exceptional quality. His other talents were defensive shots, including passing shots and lobs (he was one of the finest lobbers ever), all of which were paired with outstanding footwork.

On the other side, his forehand was thought to be his (relative) weak spot, occasionally drifting and inaccurate, particularly on a low, soft, and angleless ball. But in order to have the chance to shoot for it, he already had to be able to control the tremendous aggression emanating from the baseline of his two-handed backhand.

In the 1970s, this two-handed backhand was still not very common and was more or less “frowned upon,” but today, three-quarters of professional players use it. Together with Björn Borg, Connors contributed to its popularization and granted it its letters of nobility. He became a player because of his career’s extraordinary length , extremely popular in the United States. However, Connors went through several phases with American audiences. Unappreciated in the 1970s until the arrival of John McEnroe, who monopolized public grudges at the turn of the 1980s, Connors gained respect as he grew older.

His youthful conceit evolved into a combativeness that was revered by Americans and later admired by Europeans as well; one of his final encounters raised the spirits of the French audience. Connors battled Michael Chang in the 1/16 final of Roland-Garros 1991 for more than three hours before finally giving up in the fifth set, worn out but not before taking the fourth round and the first point on a backhand assault.

ATP singles titles: 109

• 109 listed by the ATP website

YearTournament name and locationSurfaceFinalistScore
11972Jacksonville Florida International (États-Unis)Dur (int.) Guillermo Vilas7-5, 6-4
21972Roanoke Virginia International (États-Unis)Dur (int.) Vladimír Zedník6-4, 7-6
31972Queen’s (Londres) Grass Court (Angleterre)Gazon John Paish6-2, 6-3
41972Columbus Buckeye Classic (États-Unis)Dur Andrew Pattison7-5, 6-3, 7-5
51972Cincinnati Western Championships (États-Unis)Terre battue Guillermo Vilas6-3, 6-3
61972Albany Golden Gate Pacific Coast (États-Unis)Moquette (ext.) Roscoe Tanner6-2, 7-6
71973Baltimore International Indoor (États-Unis)Dur (int.) Sandy Mayer6-4, 7-5
81973Roanoke Virginia International (États-Unis)Dur Ian Fletcher6-2, 6-3
91973Salt Lake City Utah International (États-Unis)Dur (int.) Paul Gerken6-1, 6-2
101973Salisbury U.S. National Indoor (États-Unis)Dur (int.) Karl Meiler7-6, 7-6, 6-3
111973Hampton Coliseum Mall International (États-Unis)Dur (int.) Ilie Năstase4-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-3
121973Paramus Garcia Tennis Classic (États-Unis)Dur (int.) Clark Graebner6-1, 6-2
131973Boston US Pro Championships (États-Unis)Dur Arthur Ashe6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
141973Columbus City National Buckeye (États-Unis)Dur Charlie Pasarell3-6, 6-3, 6-3
151973Los Angeles Pacific Southwest Open (États-Unis)Dur Tom Okker7-5, 7-6
161973Québec Rothmans International (Canada)Moquette (int.)? Marty Riessen6-1, 6-4, 6-7, 6-0
171973Johannesburg South African Open (Afrique du Sud)Dur Arthur Ashe6-4, 7-6, 6-3
181974Australian Open (Melbourne) (Australie)Gazon Phil Dent7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
191974Roanoke Virginia International (États-Unis)Dur?(int.) Karl Meiler6-4, 6-3
201974Little Rock Arkansas International (États-Unis)Moquette (int.) Karl Meiler6-2, 6-1
211974Birmingham International Indoor (États-Unis)Moquette (int.) Sandy Mayer7-5, 6-3
221974Salisbury U.S. National Indoor (États-Unis)Moquette (int.) Frew McMillan6-4, 7-5, 6-3
231974Hampton Coliseum Mall International (États-Unis)Moquette (int.) Ilie Năstase6-4, 6-4
241974Salt Lake City Utah International (États-Unis)Moquette?(int.) Vitas Gerulaitis4-6, 7-6, 6-3
251974Tempe Arizona International (États-Unis)Dur Vijay Amritraj6-2, 6-3
261974Manchester Northern Grass Court (Angleterre)Gazon Mike Collins13-11, 6-2
271974Wimbledon (Angleterre)Gazon Ken Rosewall6-1, 6-1, 6-4
281974Indianapolis U.S. Clay Court (États-Unis)Terre battue Björn Borg5-7, 6-3, 6-4
291974US Open (Forest Hills) (États-Unis)Gazon Ken Rosewall6-1, 6-0, 6-1
301974Los Angeles Pacific Southwest Open (États-Unis)Dur Harold Solomon6-3, 6-1
311974Londres Dewar Cup (Angleterre)Moquette (int.) Brian Gottfried6-2, 7-6
321974Johannesburg South African Open (Afrique du Sud)Dur Arthur Ashe7-6, 6-3, 6-1
331975Freeport International Tennis Open (Bahamas)Dur?(o) Karl Meiler6-0, 6-2
341975Birmingham International Indoor (États-Unis)Moquette (int.) Billy Martin6-4, 6-3
351975Salisbury U.S. National Indoor (États-Unis)Moquette (int.) Vitas Gerulaitis5-7, 7-5, 6-1, 3-6, 6-0
361975Boca Raton Boca West International (États-Unis)Dur Jürgen Fassbender6-4, 6-2
371975Hampton Coliseum Mall International (États-Unis)Moquette (int.) Jan Kodeš3-6, 6-3, 6-0
381975Denver/WCT United Bank Classic (États-Unis)Moquette (int.) Brian Gottfried6-3, 6-4
391975North Conway Volvo International (États-Unis)Terre battue Ken Rosewall6-2, 6-2
401975Hamilton Princess Tennis Classic (Bermudes)Terre battue Vitas Gerulaitis6-1, 6-4
411975Maui Island Holidays Pro Tennis (États-Unis)Dur Sandy Mayer6-1, 6-0
421976Birmingham/WCT International Indoor (États-Unis)Moquette (int.) Roscoe Tanner6-4, 3-6, 6-1
431976Philadelphie/WCT U.S. Pro Indoor (États-Unis)Moquette (int.) Björn Borg7-6, 6-4, 6-0
441976Hampton Coliseum Mall International (États-Unis)Moquette (int.) Ilie Năstase6-2, 6-2, 6-2
451976Palm Springs American Airlines Tennis (États-Unis)Dur Roscoe Tanner6-4, 6-4
461976Denver/WCT United Bank Classic (États-Unis)Moquette (int.) Ross Case7-6, 6-2
471976Las Vegas Alan King Classic (États-Unis)Dur Ken Rosewall6-1, 6-3
481976Washington Star International (États-Unis)Terre battue Raúl Ramírez6-2, 6-4
491976North Conway Volvo International (États-Unis)Terre battue Raúl Ramírez7-6, 4-6, 6-3
501976Indianapolis U.S. Clay Court (États-Unis)Terre battue Wojtek Fibak6-2, 6-4
511976US Open (Forest Hills) (États-Unis)Terre battue Björn Borg6-4, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4
521976Cologne Cup (Allemagne)Moquette (int.) Frew McMillan6-2, 6-3
531976Tournoi de tennis de Wembley (Londres) Indoor (Angleterre)Moquette (int.) Roscoe Tanner3-6, 7-6, 6-4
541977Birmingham/WCT International Indoor (États-Unis)Moquette (int.) Bill Scanlon6-3, 6-3
551977Saint-Louis/WCT Classic (États-Unis)Moquette (int.) John Alexander7-6, 6-2
561977Las Vegas Alan King Caesars Palace (États-Unis)Dur Raúl Ramírez6-4, 5-7, 6-2
571977Dallas Finales/WCT (États-Unis)Moquette (int.) Dick Stockton6-7, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3
581977Maui Island Holidays Pro Tennis (États-Unis)Dur Brian Gottfried6-2, 6-0
591977Sydney Australian Indoor Championships (Australie)Dur (int.) Ken Rosewall7-5, 6-4, 6-2
601977Las Vegas/WCT Challenge Cup (États-Unis)Moquette (int.) Roscoe Tanner6-2, 5-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-5
611978Masters New York (États-Unis)Moquette (int.) Björn Borg6-4, 1-6, 6-4
621978Philadelphie/WCT INA. U.S. Pro Indoor (États-Unis)Moquette (int.) Roscoe Tanner6-2, 6-4, 6-3
631978Denver United Bank Tennis Classic (États-Unis)Moquette (int.) Stan Smith6-2, 7-6
641978Memphis U.S. National Indoor (États-Unis)Moquette (int.) Tim Gullikson7-6, 6-3
651978Rotterdam/WCT ABN World Tennis (Pays-Bas)Moquette (int.) Raúl Ramírez7-5, 7-5
661978Birmingham John Player Tennis (Angleterre)Gazon (int.) Raúl Ramírez6-3, 6-1, 6-2
671978Washington Star International (États-Unis)Terre battue Eddie Dibbs7-5, 7-5
681978Indianapolis U.S. Clay Court (États-Unis)Terre battue José Higueras7-5, 6-1
691978Stowe English Leather Grand Prix (États-Unis)Dur Tim Gullikson6-2, 6-3
701978US Open (Flushing Meadows) (États-Unis)Dur Björn Borg6-4, 6-2, 6-2
711978Sydney Australian Indoor Championships (Australie)Dur (int.) Geoff Masters6-0, 6-0, 6-4
721979Birmingham International Indoor (États-Unis)Moquette (int.) Eddie Dibbs6-2, 3-6, 7-5
731979Philadelphie INA. U.S. Pro Indoor (États-Unis)Moquette (int.) Arthur Ashe6-3, 6-4, 6-1
741979Dorado Beach/WCT T.O.C. (Porto Rico)Dur Vitas Gerulaitis6-5, 6-0, 6-4
751979Memphis U.S. National Indoor (États-Unis)Moquette (int.) Arthur Ashe6-4, 5-7, 6-3
761979Tulsa Bank of Oklahoma Classic (États-Unis)Dur (int.) Eddie Dibbs6-7, 7-5, 6-1
771979Indianapolis U.S. Clay Court (États-Unis)Terre battue Guillermo Vilas6-1, 2-6, 6-4
781979Stowe English Leather Grand Prix (États-Unis)Dur Mike Cahill6-0, 6-1
791979Hong Kong Classic (Chine)Dur Pat Dupré7-5, 6-3, 6-1
801980Birmingham International Indoor (États-Unis)Moquette (int.) Eliot Teltscher6-3, 6-2
811980Philadelphie U.S. Pro Indoor (États-Unis)Moquette (int.) John McEnroe6-3, 2-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
821980Dallas Finales/WCT (États-Unis)Moquette (int.) John McEnroe2-6, 7-6, 6-1, 6-2
831980North Conway Volvo International (États-Unis)Terre battue Eddie Dibbs6-3, 5-7, 6-1
841980Canton Grand Prix (Chine)Moquette (int.) Eliot Teltscher6-2, 6-4
851980Tôkyô Indoor Seiko World Super Tennis (Japon)Moquette (int.) Tom Gullikson6-1, 6-2
861981La Quinta Grand Marnier ATP (États-Unis)Dur Ivan Lendl6-3, 7-6
871981Bruxelles Belgian Indoor Championships (Belgique)Moquette (int.) Brian Gottfried6-2, 6-4, 6-3
881981Rotterdam ABN World Tennis (Pays-Bas)Dur (int.) Gene Mayer6-1, 2-6, 6-2
891981Tournoi de tennis de Wembley (Londres) Indoor (Angleterre)Moquette (int.) John McEnroe3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2
901982Monterrey Copa Monterrey (Mexique)Moquette (int.) Johan Kriek6-2, 3-6, 6-3
911982Los Angeles Pacific Southwest Open (États-Unis)Dur Mel Purcell6-2, 6-1
921982Las Vegas Alan King Caesars Palace (États-Unis)Dur Gene Mayer5-2, ab.
931982Queen’s (Londres) Grass Court (Angleterre)Gazon John McEnroe7-5, 6-3
941982Wimbledon (Angleterre)Gazon John McEnroe3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4
951982Columbus National Revenue Tennis (États-Unis)Dur Brian Gottfried7-5, 6-0
961982US Open (Flushing Meadows) (États-Unis)Dur Ivan Lendl6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
971983Memphis U.S. National Indoor (États-Unis)Moquette (int.) Gene Mayer7-5, 6-0
981983Las Vegas Alan King Caesars Palace (États-Unis)Dur Mark Edmondson7-6, 6-1
991983Queen’s (Londres) Grass Court (Angleterre)Gazon John McEnroe6-3, 6-3
1001983US Open (Flushing Meadows) (États-Unis)Dur Ivan Lendl6-3, 6-7, 7-5, 6-0
1011984Memphis U.S. National Indoor (États-Unis)Moquette (int.) Henri Leconte6-3, 4-6, 7-5
1021984La Quinta Congoleum Classic (États-Unis)Dur Yannick Noah6-2, 6-7, 6-3
1031984Boca West Paine Webber Classic (États-Unis)Dur Johan Kriek7-5, 6-4
1041984Los Angeles Pacific Southwest Open (États-Unis)Dur Eliot Teltscher6-4, 4-6, 6-4
1051984Tôkyô Indoor Seiko World Super Tennis (Japon)Moquette (int.) Ivan Lendl6-4, 3-6, 6-0
1061988Washington Sovran Bank Classic (États-Unis)Dur Andrés Gómez6-1, 6-4
1071988Toulouse Nabisco Grand Prix Olympia (France)Dur (int.) Andrei Chesnokov6-2, 6-0
1081989Toulouse Grand Prix de Toulouse (France)Dur (int.) John McEnroe6-3, 6-3
1091989Tel Aviv Riklis Tennis Center Classic (Israël)Dur Gilad Bloom2-6, 6-2, 6-1

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