James Scott Connors

Did anyone see the 2003 US Open Connors ceremony, where he was honoured along with Chris Evert, Rod Laver, and Billie Jean King. I think it was before the final..

Anyway, notice how he completely ignores Laver, both before and after his speech. Laver greets him with a smile and a handshake, says something, and Connors doesn't even make eye contact with him.

At the end of his speech he does acknowledge the other greats, but nothing specific...and he walks past Laver and ignores him again before Bud Collins begins.

Maybe he was afraid that Laver would steal the show. Maybe he was afraid that Laver already stole the show. Punk. Talk about showing zero, zero class. Comments anyone??

You da man Jimbo, you da man.
 

Phil

Hall of Fame
Silky Sampras said:
Did anyone see the 2003 US Open Connors ceremony, where he was honoured along with Chris Evert, Rod Laver, and Billie Jean King. I think it was before the final..

Anyway, notice how he completely ignores Laver, both before and after his speech. Laver greets him with a smile and a handshake, says something, and Connors doesn't even make eye contact with him.

At the end of his speech he does acknowledge the other greats, but nothing specific...and he walks past Laver and ignores him again before Bud Collins begins.

Maybe he was afraid that Laver would steal the show. Maybe he was afraid that Laver already stole the show. Punk. Talk about showing zero, zero class. Comments anyone??

You da man Jimbo, you da man.
Yeah, my comment is: Who cares? This perceived slight happened over two years ago. Why didn't you post it in '03?
 

Da One

Rookie
Connors is a legend, but remember he thinks very high of himself and he should. He doesn't downplay other legends, he just doesn't speak about them that much except Federer.
 

Rabbit

G.O.A.T.
Connors was an arse when he played, he was an arse after he retired. I don't know how he feels about Laver, but he's made it clear how he feels about most everything else.

On Ashe's 75 Wimbledon victory over him, he has a different take on how things went. Most everyone who watched that match said that Ashe used brilliant tactics. He soft-balled Connors and likewise spun his first serves away from Connors. Connors has a different take. Connors says that there was no stroke of genius in the victory, Ashe just got lucky that day. Now, we can view this as sour grapes, or we can view it in the same vein as the Babe calling his shot. In fact, Ruth was involved in some trash talking and pointed at the opposing dug out.

Connors is also quite clear on Agassi. I think his real dislike for Agassi came from Agassi's total disregard for the legend of Connors. The first 5 set win Agassi had was over Connors. I think that Agassi lost the 4th set of that contest 6-0. It is said now that he did so intentionally because he knew he could win the 5th. I'll bet Connors has a different take on it, but who knows. I do know that Connors has said some very uncomplimentary things about Agassi. Brad Gilbert was on TV once and said that Connors was indeed a legend, but he needs to let go of some of this.

Connors hated John McEnroe. Well, there really isn't anything more to say about that. :)

Matts Wilander related a story about practicing with Jimmy Connors at the French. He and Connors warmed up and everything was fine. They started playing, and on change overs, Wilander could hear Connors muttering under his breath. He was cussing Wilander and calling him names. The muttering got louder as they played on. Wilander got kinda tickled about the whole thing and couldn't believe that Connors was doing it.

I think I remember one time Connors in an interview said that you had to hate your opponent while you played them. There had to be a hatred and you had to want to destroy them. Took me a while to learn that social tennis, ableit compeitive, doesn't have to be a life and death struggle.

God, I miss the 70s...
 

urban

Legend
Connors in his youth was coached more like a boxer, than a tennis playing gentleman. His first promoter, Bill Riordan was indeed a boxing promoter in the mold of the Great Tex Rickard or Jack Kearns. His mother Gloria taught him, to hate the opponent, and put into his brain a kind of Oedipus-compex to kill the father. And so he tried to devastate all older father figures on the circuit like Rosewall, Laver, Ashe and others, and departed with all his male friends outside, like Riordan himself, his friend Ilie Nastase and his great coach Pancho Segura.
 
No, it's not 'quite objectionable' in the larger scheme. It's really rather meaningless. From what I know of Laver, I don't think he much cares whether Jimmy likes him or not. These are old dislikes, they don't touch on pro tennis today. They reinforce perceptions of Connors, fair or not, but the man has been retired for more than ten years. Personally, I don't read the Pro Boards to find out whether McEnroe cursed a linesman in Copenhagen or that Wilander is working on his backhand.
 
i think your making something out of nothing, athough connors did break the aussie domination of tennis. he was an aussie killer. i'm sure connors has all the respect in the world for laver. the real connors slight was when connors didn't attend the dedication ceremonies of arther ashe stadium. at least connors was honest.


rabbit- now, i know connors had his moments but:

ashe played connors about 7 times beating him once. connors was injured in 75.

agassi was a punk, playing a 37 year connors. agassi has never given connors credit for anything. and connors never really did publically criticize agassi, although i have heard agassi criticize connors.

connors has had plenty of good things to say about jmac, and even wanted to coach him. even though mac is a total turd.

the mats story sounds like something off the yahoo message board.

put anyone under a microsope and you'll find reasons not to like em.
 

bluegrasser

Hall of Fame
I just saw a clip on Connors and Mac being interview by Sue Barker, and there was Jimbo heaping loads of praise on Laver and all the Aussie greats.

The clip ( for those interested ) is on the BBC sport tennis site.
 

Yours!05

Professional
bluegrasser said:
I just saw a clip on Connors and Mac being interview by Sue Barker, and there was Jimbo heaping loads of praise on Laver and all the Aussie greats.

The clip ( for those interested ) is on the BBC sport tennis site.
Lol. Hard to reconcile these two "gentlemen of the court" with the players we actually saw. Still, Connors really gives the greats their due on this occasion. And I'm just a sucker for any considered acknowledgement of the history of tennis. His Wimbledon commentary was a real breath of fresh air as well.
Scroll down to 'Legendary duo reflect on tennis changes':
http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/video_and_audio/default.stm#
 

@wright

Hall of Fame
Rabbit said:
God, I miss the 70s...

You don't have to miss them, you can still wear your leisure suit and disco the night away...



Connors was good for the game. I'm guessing if we knew as much about some of these other players as we know about Connors (he made it known how he felt about things and who he hated), we wouldn't like them as much. Connors didn't accomplish what he did because of his sportsmanship...
 

bluegrasser

Hall of Fame
Connors really took the sport and made it blue collar acceptable, took it from the " hoity toity ' (s?) crowd, and brought it to the beer drinking slobs, gave it a football mentality. If it wasn't for Connors I probably wouldn't of taken up the game, sure he was an *A* hole much of the time, but the fire he had in his belly, and the way he competed just captivated me.
 

robertk29

Rookie
Evidently some movie director took a look at Connors at one of these ceremonies and will be casting him in a movie "Life and Times of W.C. Fields"..cost saving ,no makeup needed, for red face and bulbous nose..
 

rafael

Rookie
From the accounts I have heard and from the interviews I have seen Conners is a shy guy. Yeah he is a beast on the court but not socially. Could it be that he was just too nervious to be around Laver?
 
Thanks for all the replies, they are interesting!! :rolleyes: JSC is a great topic of conversation!

I must say that I did see a few of his points at the 1991 US Open, and like everybody else I was amazed by them. He must be the greatest fighter in the history of the game. Quite something to see...

I've also heard it said (although I forget where...) that away from the Tennis Court he was shy, and that his oncourt antics were just the heat of the moment...hmm. Ok, I'll stop my prasie there... :rolleyes:
 

RB

Rookie
I met him at a Senior tour event--shook his hand--he let my daughter take a pic of he and I together--put his arm around my shoulders like we were best buds for the pic----extremely nice guy---(off the court)---*S*
 

urban

Legend
Yes, yours, i thought exactly of that picture, with Jimmy playing that motherson, who made it to the big bang at the end.
 

timmyboy

Professional
u spelt nunchakus wrong.

Connors seemed a little different, but it's a heck of a lot more interesting than tennis now. everyone nowadays is a boring as heck power baseliner, except a select few.
 

Indy Tennis

Semi-Pro
A good friend of mine beat Connors in a huge upset at the US Open in the mid-1980s.

In the locker room after the match Connors came up to my buddy and said, "You better enjoy this you little fa*got, because you'll never beat me again."
 

Indy Tennis

Semi-Pro
Yes I was lucky to know Todd. Besides being a great tennis player, he was a great person as well.

The Witskens were (and still are) the first family of tennis in Indiana.

Mark, Todd and Rick were all great players. Last I heard Mark was working with up-and-coming pros in Southern California. Rick runs his own tennis academy in Indianapolis.
 
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