Discussion in 'Former Pro Player Talk' started by SVP, Oct 29, 2013.
Has anyone read "Outsider," the new memoir by Connors?
i read some, he seems pretty opinionated but i guess thats normal. theres one story he talks about a match with mcenroe in 1998? where he walks off the court. mcenroe talks about it in his book too but their story details are different and seems to make the other one out to be the bad guy.
also he seems to really dislike agassi for some reason.
yes, there is a thread on this book already running. It's a pretty good read but a bit uneven and surprisingly, there are factual errors. You can kind of tell when the voice shifts from Connors to the supporting writer...it's very apparent. Jimmy comes across as you might expect him to...he's not rude, but he's not waxing poetic here or putting lavish praise upon his peers to make up for his past criticisms. Warts and all it's Connors. If you didn't like him before, this book won't change your mind.
There are a lot of interesting bits in here about Connors that people surely did not know. Plus, some moving moments about his relationships with his grandmother and mother. And, his relationships with the ladies, namely Chris Evert.
Agassi and Connors never got along....no new news there. I think too many people compared Andre directly to Jimmy and that rubbed him the wrong way. Aside from them both being baseliners with strong ground strokes and amazing returns, their respective styles of play are actually quite different.
LOL! yes, I laughed when I read Connors account of that mini-blowout. When Mac talked about it in his book, it was a completely different take on it. From the way Jimmy described it, it sounded like he was just playing a big head game on John and getting a break from the intense play. Very funny! Connors being a real jerk once again, but playing the situation to his advantage.
In Agassi' s book, a young Andre was delivering Connors racquets, that his dad had strung, to Connors. Agassi felt Connors belittled him, and ignored him when he tried to speak with Connors.
Connors hit with him at some point as well. Naturally, Jimmy would be dismissive. That was his MO. Not exactly Mr. Nice.
I just read in Connors book that Billie Jean King was married.... to a man! Can anyone substantiate that?
Seriously? Billie Jean's maiden name was Moffitt and that was the name she was known by when she first came on the tennis scene. She was married to Larry King (no, not the talkshow host) from 1965 to 1987 although I think they separated some time in the late 1970s after she had an abortion against his wish and began to show interest in women. They seemed to remain friends though. I daresay she kept her married name after the divorce because that was the name she was known to everybody by then.
Hmmm, never knew. Thx.
Also had never known, or forgot, about his "Winner take all" match against Rod Laver.
On his book, seems as if the book is totally written by Connors. Doesn't seem very polished. Contradictions, denial, and justifications for his actions. He did what he had to do to be one of the best. Wish he had gone in a bit more detail on some things, instead of saying use your imagination.
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