Connor's memoirs

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  1. Sentinel

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    Jimmy Connors has a memoir coming, with a few overhead smashes promised. HarperCollins announced Sunday it has signed up the brash tennis superstar for a book coming in June 2012, when Connors turns 60.


    The currently untitled memoir will cover everything from his 1970s romance with Chris Evert to his fierce competition with John McEnroe.
    The book’s publication also will coincide with the 30th anniversary of his last Wimbledon victory, when he defeated McEnroe in the final.
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    http://sports.yahoo.com/tennis/news?slug=ap-jimmyconnors
     
  2. 1970CRBase

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    The title and front cover of the book :

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  3. Sid_Vicious

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    I hope he tears up Andre Agassi in his book.
     
  4. Datacipher

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    As somebody who was probably the biggest Agassi fan of anyone on this board (a long time ago), and as somebody who has always said that Connors was a world-class jerk, I'd still love to see that. Nobody deserves it more than AA.
     
  5. JoelDali

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    I hope he mentions the time we met in 1980.

    It would be devastating if he doesn't discuss it at least in a few sentences.
     
  6. Sentinel

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    And the time i was up 2-0 sets to him and he still won in 5. The *&^%$#@ !
     
  7. ollinger

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    Connors doesn't turn 60 in June 2012. His birthday always occurs during the US Open, early Sepember I believe.
     
  8. mary fierce

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    Why do people want to see Connors rip Agassi?? I did a search on charities or foundations started by Connors and found absolutely nothing, while Agassi had built a school by the time he was 30. The Connors who came around the net to stamp out marks in the clay that his opponent was looking at is seen as a heck of a guy??
     
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    I hope he devotes a chapter to fedace
     
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    It should be a fascinating read. Looking forward to it.
     
  11. beernutz

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    Per wikipedia: James Scott "Jimmy" Connors born September 2, 1952
     
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    Though we grew up around him and he was a total jerk even as a freshman in high school, I'm sure I'll read his book. I envision it as like AA's book, it was interesting and provocative but I didn't come away with a greater admiration for the author than before and prbably less.
     
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    I'm betting it'll be an entertaining read. I'd be disappointed if it didn't get both detractors and fans worked up to some extent.
     
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    he could be a total jerk, but man, what excitement he brought to the game....just an intensity that is so rarely found...
     
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    Get ready for amateur psych studies of Ashe, Borg, McEnroe, Lendl, Evert, and Agassi (the last two should be worth the cost of the book).
     
  16. Datacipher

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    Well, one thing I will say about Jimmy is that he's always kept his mouth FAIRLY shut about others....and himself...he always seemed to play his cards close....regardless of the validity of what he says, what he chooses to put in, may be interesting/revealing. If he had his choice, I bet he'd put in almost nothing....again....he loves to play people, and never really let them in....but I'm sure his publisher is pushing for some juicy stuff...
     
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    i agree, he can be pretty P.C. in interviews, so its possible it could be like sampras' book
     
  18. jrepac

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    this is very true; he's very rarely said much about an opponent outside of a particular tennis match; considering ALL the matches he has played you can only find a handful of negative things he's said about Mac, Lendl, Agassi, etc. And, in the case of Borg, it was always in the competitive spirit, as in "I'll chase that SOB around the world" and such...Although I fondly recall what he said in 1991 when Sampras, as the defending USO champ lost and said that the monkey was off his back. Connors went absolutely bonkers in his tirade, ala "that's the absolute biggest load of ("crap") I've ever heard...I've spent my career chasing these titles, " etc., etc. Always the competitor :)
     
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    Wonder who the author will be. Jimmy on his own tends to be rather vanilla, if you go by his Tennis Channel commentaries. Hopefully he will go into writer mode like he played tennis -- pulling no punches. This could be a great GREAT book, but it can also be a disappointment.
     
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    Yes....occasionally Jimmy would fire one one off....eg. calling out Sampras, calling Lendl a chicken, saying his son behaved better than Mac...etc.

    But even those seemed....while possibly motivated by the passion of the moment...somewhat controlled.....or perhaps that's how I interpreted them because Jimmy usually is very controlled....he controls himself...controls the fans...tries to control opponents. In those examples, he figured it could help give him a little edge against Mac and Lendl (imagine how a statement like that would burn up Mac, who often was unfairly painted as THE bad guy by Connors LOL), and in the case of Sampras, Jimmy knew exactly how well his "I'm the old school blood/guts warrior, these kids are soft" angle would go!
     
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    I think that was one of the biggest disappointments of Connors as a commentator. Besides the fact that he isnt particularly smooth in verbally, he also didn't bring any "fire' or "controversy"...he was very diplomatic/bland. I remember at times, even the bland Enberg seemed to be trying to prod Jimmy into voicing an opinion. Don't know whether that was because Connors just thought a commentator should be completely neutral, or because he just didn't want to show what he really felt.
     
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    I just hope he goes into details about events and talk about his opinions about his opponents, their styles, weaknesses and how he played them. I also want to know what he thought of them.
     
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    everybody clam down the book will be great jimmy will tell it like it was and how it is now the guy has class he will tell you if he does not like you the man did so much for tennis taking the game to the blue collar middle class people and never get credit for it tv people know this his matches were an event i hope there is not a word about agassi in jimmys book agassi is a dope fake also sold out his friends on tour with bs book what a J.O.
     
  24. robow7

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    Just so it's not Bodo!
     
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    I must be missing something - what's Agassi said/written about Connors? Why would you hope he tears up Agassi? :confused:
     
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    I don't know him personally. So I'll resist the temptation to call Connors what I suspect that he is. But I think its safe to say that he's the most selfish of the all time greats.

    I understand the history between them and the similarities in their games, but I never understood why so many Evert fans also loved Connors. To me they represented two totally different ways of life.

    As big of a jerk as Mac or Andre could be they at least occasionally acknowledged the world aroudn them . I don't think Connors ever did except to give it a finger. Maybe you just have to know him to appreciate him?
     
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    "while Agassi had built a school by the time he was 30. The Connors who came around the net to stamp out marks in the clay that his opponent was looking at is seen as a heck of a guy??"

    Possibly because people sense that Connors, while a sometimes jerk, is genuine whereas Agassi is full of sh$t ?
     
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    Agassi has a strong need for people to like him. That's one of the main reasons he became a philanthropist. It also made him money.

    I'm not saying that this is a bad thing, but people shouldn't make him out to be some kind of an unselfish saint.
     
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    BINGO. But I'd say neither is particularly genuine. I'd say that Connors IS a full-time jerk, and once in a while, a hypocrite. Agassi is a part-time jerk, and full time hypocrite. Pick your poison. I never thought I'd say this...but I might take Connors!
     
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    I think it will a great read. He's not said a whole lot over the years. He's not one to give worldly advice or think of himself as an expert in anything. I'd like to hear what he finally has to say.
     
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    LOL. You don't think he'll do the Agassi-speak?

    We are all just human being, travelling toward a rainbow, some will fall by the wayside, but the important thing is that we stay true to our own journey, encourage one another, and find some way to make the lives of others better, for we aren't promised a single minute of life and must embrace not just our strengths, but most importantly our weaknesses, for that's what makes us not just real, but also, in our own way: powerful, because if I've learned just one thing it's that we cannot judge the path of others, until we measure ourselves by what we give. That's why I treasure my school, that and I insists employees there call me "Saint Andre".....Pete's a frickin cheapskate!!!! Do you hear??!!!
     
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  32. Fifth Set

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    Not sure why people think this book is going to be interesting. That interesting things happen to a person doesn't make that person interesting unless he knows how to communicate about it.

    Connors has always been a horrible communicator, commentator, analyst and general human being. The book will be a real snore and he will be the same jackhole after it that he is before.
     
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    "That interesting things happen to a person doesn't make that person interesting unless he knows how to communicate about it. "

    I think you mean unless he hires someone that knows how to communicate it.

    I was about one paragraph into the Agassi book when I thought, there is no way Agassi possibly wrote a word of this. And, of course, he didn't. But he buried the true author on the last page, if I recall. I know, the author "insisted" only Agassi's name be on the cover.

    "He [Agassi] said that he offered to put Mr. Moehringer’s name on the book, and that Mr. Moehringer declined."

    https://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/09/books/09book.html
     
  34. BrooklynNY

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    hahah

    that was spot on
     
  35. kiki

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    .....Hope he´ll talk for a few chapters about Patty ¡¡¡
     
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    Yes, I hope he gives her her due; I know they separated for a while in 1983, but not for long. By all accounts he's pretty devoted to her.
     
  37. JoelDali

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    Jimmy is lucky to have GOATed Patty all these years. She's quite a beauty.
     
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    Yep.Patty Mc Guire can definitely challenge for the GOAT of the beauties.
     
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    That is absolutely hilarious.Well done.
     
  40. robow7

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    Anyone have any idea when this book may come out since it missed its June 2012 date ?
     
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    " you know, I have been to Vegas a few times...This kid could even be my son"
     
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    Specially his man deffense on Chris...

    Heard about Connors vs John Lloyd at 1984 US Open?
     
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    What about the 1981 US Open? That was brutal
     
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    True, I didn´t realize but you are right.
     
  45. Chillaxer

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    So what happened? To do with Evert?
     
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    Well said.
    But people will still buy it, just as they buy tabloids in the UK, because they love filth and gossip and cheap shots and that's what they would expect from Connors.
     
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    No. Their matches:

    1981 US Open R128: Jimmy Connors def. John Lloyd (6-0, 6-0, 6-2)
    1984 US Open QF: Jimmy Connors def. John Lloyd (7-5, 6-2, 6-0)
     
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    Also Evert was watching. A newspaper published a headline "Chris watches Connors rout hubby" Chris commented that Connors seemed to be taking the match more seriously than usual.
     
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    Maybe because John Lloyd was a friend of his, and he wanted Lloyd to know that it didn't matter a damn once they were playing the match.
     
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    I hadn't heard that they were friends but that could make sense
     

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