The Outsider: My Autobiography by Jimmy Connors

the outsider

Jimmy Connors took the tennis world by storm like no other player in the history of the game. A working-class kid from the wrong side of the tracks, he was prepared to battle for every point, to shout and scream until he was heard, and he didn’t care whom he upset in doing so. He was a brat. He was a crowd-pleaser, a maverick that was loved and hated in equal measures.  Along the way he won more tournaments – an astonishing 109 – than any other man in history, including eight Grand Slam singles titles.

In this autobiography, Connors sets the record straight on what really happened on and off the court: his intense rivalry with John McEnroe that frequently threatened to turn violent, with Bjorn Borg, and Ivan Lendl; his romance with Chris Evert, which made them the sweethearts of the sport. (They both won the Wimbledon title while engaged at the age of 19 in 1974); and the deep impact his Mother Gloria had on his life and his many love interests along the way. He married Playboy model Patti McGuire in 1979 and against all odds, they are still together. He outlines the many escapades with his partner in crime, Ilie Nastase and the deep roots of his fierce determination that made him the best player on the planet.

This autobiography is written very much in the way Jimmy Connors played tennis throughout his career: unflinchingly, hard-hitting, humorous, brash and above all true to character.  This book tells the story of a legend – the one and only Jimmy Connors!

Not for the purists but it’s a roller coaster of a read!


You can reserve a copy online at South Dublin Libraries’ catalogue here.


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