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Tennis – Legends – L E’s Stories Special – “His Fiery Competitiveness and Acrimonious Relationships With Many Peers Led Him To Be Called The Brash Basher of Belleville” – The Life and Legend of Jimmy Connors

Having been raised in West Texas by a father who was a corporate pilot for oil companies like Texaco, Shell and ARCO (Atlantic Richfield) the better part of 45 years…..as a person who took his tennis racquet and bag of balls on every trip that he took throughout his stellar flying career…..who also took at least one of his three boys to the tennis courts during every spare moment of time at home, provides me with the title of being a lifelong tennis buff…..in a lifetime that has spanned the entire Open Era with such great male tennis  champions as Pancho Gonzales, Llie Nastase, John Newcombe, Arthur Ashe, Guillermo Vilas, Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker, Jimmy Connors, Mats Wilander, Rafael Nadal, Ken Rosewall, Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, Bjorn Borg, Novak Djokovic and Rod Laver…..so, I’ve grown up with a great deal of talents and personalities who have shown their wares and temperaments on every type of tennis surface imaginable.  So, it can be fairly said that at this point of my long tenure as a tennis fan (70+ yrs.), that this post showcases not just one of the best men’s tennis players of all time…..but it also features one of the most, if not the most, acrimonious “brash bashers” that the professional tennis courts of the world has ever seen…..as he left his mighty imprint on the sport that he played with an incredibly competitive spirit that brought great joy to so many fans of the game of tennis.


Tennis – Documentary – 2023 – A Forehand Frenzy Production Special – “The Story Of Jimmy Connors Career”

      

James Scott Connors (born September 2, 1952) is an American former world # 1 tennis player…..who held the top Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) ranking for a then-record 160 consecutive weeks from 1974 to 1977….. and a career total of 268 weeks.  By virtue of his long and prolific career, Connors still holds three prominent Open Era men’s singles records…..with a 109 titles…..1,557 matches played…..and 1,274 match wins.  His titles include eight major singles titles…..with a joint Open Era record five US Opens…..two Wimbledons…..one Australian Open…..and three year-end championships.  In 1974, he became the 2nd man in the Open Era to win three major titles in a calendar year…..while not being permitted to participate in the 4th, the French Open.  Connors finished the year end # 1 in the ATP rankings from 1974 to 1978.  In 1982, he won both Wimbledon and the US Open…..and was ATP Player of the Year…..as well as ITF World Champion. He retired in 1996 at the age of 43.

 

 

 

Tennis – Documentary – 2023 – A Tennis Plus Production Special – “How Good Was Jimmy Connors Actually?”

 

 

 

Connors grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois, just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, Missouri…..and was raised Catholic.  During his childhood he was coached and trained by his mother and grandmother.  He played in his 1st U.S. Championship, the U.S. boys’ 11-and-under of 1961…..when he was nine years old.  Connors’s mother, Gloria, took him to Southern California to be coached by Pancho Segura, starting at age 16, in 1968…..when he and his brother, John “Johnny” Connors, attended St. Phillip’s grade school.                                               

 

 

 

Tennis – Biography – 2023 – A Tennis All Time Greats Production Special – “Tennis Legends Jimmy Connors”

 

 

 

Connors won the Junior Orange Bowl in both the 12- and the 14-year categories…..and is one of only nine tennis players to win the Junior Orange Bowl championship twice in its 70-year history.  In 1970, Connors recorded his 1st victory in the first round of the Pacific Southwest Open in Los Angeles …..when he defeated Roy Emerson.  In 1971, Connors won the NCAA singles title as a Freshman while attending UCLA and attained All-American status.

 

 

 

Tennis – Jimmy Connors Extended Career Highlights – 1974 – A Lionsglare Production Special – “Jimmy Connors Tribute” – Tribute Video That Aired During the 1989 US Open

 

 

 

He turned professional in 1972 and won his 1st tournament, the Jacksonville Open…..as Connors was acquiring a reputation as a maverick in 1972…..when he refused to join the newly formed Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP)…..which was the union that was embraced by most male professional players, in order to play in and dominate a series of smaller tournaments organized by Bill Riordan, his manager.  However, Connors played in other tournaments and won the 1973 U.S. Pro Singles…..which was his 1st title of any significance by defeating Arthur Ashe in a five-set final, 6–3, 4–6, 6–4, 3–6, 6–2.  The following video of the entire match at the quarterfinals of the 1972 Wimbledon men’s single is really cool to see…..cuz you can tell a young Connors hasn’t fully found the game that would become his calling card for the next 30 years…..as these two tennis legends (Connors & Nastase) would go on to become good and life-long friends…..as two of tennis’s early “bad boys” and “imps”.             

 

 

 

Tennis – Wimbledon Men’s Singles Quarterfinals Match – 1972 – Llie Nastase Vs. Jimmy Connors (Entire Match)

 

 

 

Connors won eight Grand Slam singles championships with five US Opens, two Wimbledons, and one Australian Open…..as he did not participate in the French Open during his peak years from 1974 to 1978 due to being banned from playing by the event in 1974 as a result of his association with World Team Tennis (WTT)…..and in the other four years, chose not to participate. He played in only two Australian Opens in his entire career…..while winning it in 1974 and reaching the final in 1975.  Few highly ranked players, aside from Australians, travelled to Australia for that event up until the mid-1980s.

 

 

 

Tennis – Extended Highlights – 1974 To 1990 – A US Open Tennis Championships Production Special –        “Jimmy Connors: Top-10 Career Points in the US Open”

 

 

 

Connors is one of thirteen men to win three or more major singles titles in a calendar year…..as he reached the final of the US Open in five straight years from 1974 through 1978…..while winning three times with each win being on a different surface (1974 on grass, 1976 on clay and 1978 on hard).  He reached the final of Wimbledon four out of five years during his peak (1974, 1975, 1977 and 1978)…..and despite not being allowed to play or choosing not to participate in the French Open from 1974 to 1978, he was still able to reach the semifinals four times in the later years of his career.

 

 

 

Tennis – US Open Men’s Singles Finals Match – 1974 – Ken Rosewall Vs. Jimmy Connors (Entire Match)

 

 

In 1974, Connors was the dominant player in the world…..while having a season record 99–4 that year…..and winning 15 tournaments of the 21 he entered…..which included three of the four Grand Slam singles titles.  As noted, the French Open did not allow Connors to participate due to his association with World Team Tennis (WTT)…..but he won the Australian Open…..which began in late December 1973 and concluded on January 1, 1974…..when he defeated Phil Dent in four sets…..and then he beat Ken Rosewall in straight sets in the finals of both Wimbledon and the US Open …..while losing only 6 and 2 games, respectively, in those finals. His exclusion from the French Open denied him the opportunity to become the second male player of the Open Era, after Rod Laver, to win all four Major singles titles in a calendar year.  He chose not to participate in the season-ending Masters Cup between the top eight players of the world…..and was not eligible for the World Championship Tennis (WCT) finals because he did not compete in the WCT’s regular tournaments.  Connors finished 1974 at the top of ATP Point Rankings.  He also was the recipient of the Martini and Rossi Award…..which was voted for by a panel of journalists…..and was ranked World # 1 by Rex Bellamy, Tennis Magazine (U.S.), Rino Tommasi, World Tennis, Bud Collins, Judith Elian and Lance Tingay.                                                                                                                                                              

 

 

 

Tennis – Wimbledon Men’s Singles Finals (Entire Match) – 1974 – A ATP & WTA Retro Matches Production Special – Ken Rosewall Vs. Jimmy Connors – Connors Wins 6-1, 6-1, 6-4

 

 

 


 
Tennis – Highlights – Australian Open Men’s Singles Finals – 1974 – A AP Archive Production Special – Jimmy Connors Vs Phil Dent – Connors Wins 7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3

 

 

 

Tennis – Extended Highlights – South African Open Men’s Singles Finals – 1974 – A Tennis Legends Production Special – Jimmy Connors Vs Arthur Ashe – Connors Wins 7-6, 6-3, 6-1  (NOTE: Scroll Past 1st 2:25 Minutes)                                                                                                                                                                            

 

 

Tennis & Music – Extended Highlights – Set To Frank Sinatra Singing “My Way” – 1974 – A rss empresas Production Special – Jimmy Connors 1974 Season Highlights With 15 Tournaments Won Out Of The 21 He  Entered                                                                                                                                                                                     

 

 

In 1975, Connors reached the finals of Wimbledon, the US Open and the Australian Open…..but he did not win any of them…..albeit his loss to John Newcombe was very close…..when Connors lost 9–7 in a fourth set tiebreak. He won nine of the tournaments he entered achieving an 82–8 record. While he earned enough points to retain the ATP # 1 ranking the entire year and was ranked # 1 by Rino Tommasi, all other tennis authorities, including the ATP, named Arthur Ashe, who solidly defeated Connors at Wimbledon, as the Player of the Year…..when he once again did not participate in the Masters Cup or the WCT Finals.

 

 

 

Tennis – Australian Open Men’s Singles Finals (Entire Match) – 1975 – A Australian Open TV
Production Special – John Newcombe Vs. Jimmy Connors – Newcombe Wins 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7)

 

 

 

 

Tennis – Wimbledon Men’s Singles Finals (Extended Highlights) – 1975 – A Wimbledon Production Special – Arthur Ashe Vs. Jimmy Connors – Ashe Wins 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7)

 

 

 

Tennis – Las Vegas Challenge Match at Caesar’s Palace (Extended Highlights) – 1975 – A “The Heavyweight Championships of Tennis “ Production Special – Rod Laver Vs. Jimmy Connors

 

 

Tennis – Dewar Cup Men’s Singles Semi-Finals (Extended Highlights) – 1975 – A TENNIS LEGENDS Online Retro Tennis Clothing Store Production Special – Ilie Nastase Vs. Jimmy Connors – Nastase Wins 3‐6, 7‐6, 6‐4, 7‐5

 

 

Tennis – Wimbledon Championships Men’s Singles Semi-Finals (Entire Match) – 1975 – A ATP & WTA Retro Matches Production Special – Roscoe Tanner Vs. Jimmy Connors – Connors Wins 6-4, 6-1, 6‐4

In 1976, Connors captured the US Open once again (defeating Björn Borg in the finals)…..while losing in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon…..as he won 12 events, including the U.S. Pro Indoor in Philadelphia, Palm Springs and Las Vegas…..and he achieved a record of 90–8 for the season…..while defeating Borg all four times they played.  He was ranked # 1 by the ATP for the entire year and was ranked # 1 by World Tennis, Tennis Magazine (U.S.), Bud Collins, Lance Tingay, John Barrett, and Tommasi…..but the ATP named Björn Borg as its player of the year.

 

 

 

Tennis -US Open Men’s Singles Finals (Entire Match) – 1976 – A God Laver Production Special – Bjorn Borg Vs. Jimmy Connors – Connors Wins 6–4, 3–6, 7–6(11–9), 6–4

 

 

 

Tennis -US Open Men’s Singles Finals (Last Game of the Historic Match) – 1976 – A dehender499 Production Special – Bjorn Borg Vs. Jimmy Connors – Connors Wins Last Game To Win the Match

 

 

 

Tennis -Wembley Men’s Singles Finals (1st & 2nd Sets) – 1976 – A TENNIS LEGENDS Online Retro Tennis C Production Special – Roscoe Tanner Vs. Jimmy Connors – All Tied One Set Each – 6–, 7–6 (10–8)

 

 

 

In 1977, an injured Connors lost in the Wimbledon finals to Borg 6–4 in the 5th set…..and in the US Open finals to Guillermo Vilas…..but Connors captured both the Masters by beating Borg…..and the WCT Finals.  While holding onto the ATP # 1 ranking, World Tennis Magazine and most tennis authorities ranked Borg or Vilas # 1 with Connors ranked as # 3 behind Borg.

 

 

 

Tennis – Pepsi Grand Slam Men’s Singles Finals (Entire Match) – 1977 – ATennis World Production Special – Bjorn Borg Vs Jimmy Connors – Borg Wins 6-4, 7-5, 6-3     

                                                                                                                        

 

 

Tennis – Wimbledon Championships Men’s Singles Finals (Extended Highlights) – 1977 – AGod Laver Production Special – Bjorn Borg Vs Jimmy Connors – Borg Wins 3–6, 6–2, 6–1, 5–7, 6–4

 

 

 

Tennis – WCT Dallas Men’s Singles Finals Film – 1977 – A TENNIS LEGENDS Retro Online Clothing Store Production Special – “Jimmy Connors: Journey To The WCT Men’s Singles Title – Finals With Dick Stockton Vs Jimmy Connors – Connors Wins 6–7(5–7), 6–1, 6–4, 6–3

 

 

 

Tennis – US Open Men’s Singles Finals (Extended Highlights)- 1977 – A FUTBOL-DEPORTES-LOS MEJORES NOSTALGIA-LOS MEJORES Production Special – Guillermo Vilas Vs Jimmy Connors – Vilas Wins 2–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–4), 6–0

 

 

 

In 1978, Borg defeated Connors in the Wimbledon final…..but Connors defeated Borg at the US Open…..which was played on hard court for the inaugural time…..with both of their victories being dominating.  Connors also won the U.S. Pro Indoor. While he retained the ATP # 1 ranking at the end of the year, the ATP and most tennis authorities rated Borg, who also won the French Open, as the player of the year.                                                                                                                                                                                  

 

 

 

Tennis – Wimbledon Championships Men’s Singles Finals (Entire Match)- 1977 – A Tennis Match Production Special – Bjorn Borg Vs Jimmy Connors – Borg Wins 6–2, 6–2, 6–3

 

 

Tennis – US Open Men’s Singles Finals (Entire Match)- 1977 – A ATP & WTA Retro Match Production Special – Bjorn Borg Vs Jimmy Connors – Connors Wins 6-4, 6-2, 6-2                                                                                                                                                         

 

 

Connors reached the ATP world # 1 ranking on July 29, 1974…..which he held for 160 consecutive weeks…..as a record he held until it was surpassed by Roger Federer on February 26, 2007…..a mere 33 years later.  He was the ATP year-end # 1 player from 1974 through 1978…..and held the # 1 ranking for a total of 268 weeks during his career…..when Connors relinquished his initial grip (160 weeks) on the # 1 ranking for only one week, from August 23 to August 30, 1977, before resuming as # 1 for another 84 weeks.

 

 

 

Tennis – Mini Documentary – 2022 – A Baseline Tennis Production Special – “Jimmy Connors: Tennis’ Ultimate Maverick”

 

 

 

In 1979 through 1981, Connors generally reached the semi-finals of the three top Grand Slam events and the Masters each year…..but he did win the WCT Finals in 1980…..when he generally was ranked 3rd in the world during those years.

 

 

 

Tennis – Special Career Highlights Film- 2020 – A 37valerio Production Special – “Jimmy Connors Magic Shots”

 

 

 

In 1979 through 1981, Connors generally reached the semi-finals of the three top Grand Slam events and the Masters each year…..but he did win the WCT Finals in 1980…..when he generally was ranked 3rd in the world during those years.

 

 

 

Tennis – US Open Men’s Semifinals (Entire Match) – 1980 – A Retro Sports Network Production Special Jimmy Connors Vs John McEnroeMcEnroe Wins 6-4, 5-7, 0-6, 6-3, 7-6

 

 

Tennis – French Open Men’s Semifinals (Final 3 Sets) – 1980 – A TENNIS LEGENDS Online Vintage Clothing Store Production Special – Jimmy Connors Vs Vitas GerulaitisGerulaitis Wins 6-1,3-6,6-7,6-2,6-4

 

 

 

Tennis – WCT Dallas Men’s Finals (Entire Match) – 1980 – A TENNIS LEGENDS Online Vintage Clothing Store Production Special – Jimmy Connors Vs John McEnroeConnors Wins 2–6, 7–6, 6–1, 6–2

 

 

 

In 1982, Connors experienced a resurgence as he defeated John McEnroe in five close sets to win Wimbledon…..and then beat Ivan Lendl to win the US Open…..after which he reclaimed the ATP # 1 ranking…..when he also reached the semi-final of the Masters Cup and won five other tournaments. After trading the # 1 ranking back and forth with McEnroe, he finished the year ranked # 2 in points earned…..but he was named Player of the Year by the ATP…..and finished as the ITF World Champion due to his victories at  Wimbledon and the US Open.                                                                                                              

 

 

 

Tennis – Wimbledon Championship Men’s Singles Finals (Extended Highlights) – 1982 – Jimmy Connors Vs John McEnroe – Connors Wins 3–6,6–3,6–7(2–7),7–6(7–5), 6–4

 

 

 

 

Tennis – Wimbledon Championship Men’s Singles Finals (Entire 4th Set) – 1982 – Jimmy Connors Vs John McEnroe – Connors Wins Set 7–6(7–5) 

 

 

 

 

Tennis – US Open Men’s Singles Finals (Entire Match) – 1982 – Jimmy Connors Vs Ivan Lendl – Connors Wins Match 6-3, 6–2, 4–6, 6–4 

 

 

 

Tennis – Transamerica Open Men’s Singles Finals (Entire Match & Trophy Ceremony) – 1982 – A USA Network Production Special – Jimmy Connors Vs John McEnroe – McEnroe Wins Match 6-1, 6–2, 6–3                             

 

 

 

In 1983, Connors, McEnroe and Lendl traded the # 1 ranking several times with Connors winning the US Open for a record fifth time (beating Lendl in the final) and finishing the year as the # 3 ranked player.

 

 

 

Tennis – US Open Men’s Singles Finals (Entire Match) – 1983 – A stephane Amady Production Special – Jimmy Connors Vs Ivan Lendl – Connors Wins Match 6–3, 6–7(2–7), 7–5, 6–0

 

 

Tennis – US Open Men’s Singles Semifinals (Entire Match) – 1983 – A TENNIS LEGENDS Online Retro Tennis Clothing Store Production Special – Jimmy Connors Vs Bill Scanlan – Connors Wins Match 6–2, 6–3, 6–3

Prominent contemporary players with Connors included Phil Dent, Brian Gottfried, Raul Ramírez, Harold Solomon, Dick Stockton, Roscoe Tanner, and Guillermo Vilas…..while his older rivals included Arthur Ashe, Rod Laver, Ilie Năstase, John Newcombe, Manuel Orantes, Ken Rosewall and Stan Smith….. whereas his prominent younger opponents included Björn Borg, Vitas Gerulaitis, Ivan Lendl, and John McEnroe.

 

 

 

Tennis – Greatest Rivalries (Extended Highlights) – 2020 – A US Tennis Association Production Special – “Classic Rivalries: Best of John McEnroe Vs. Jimmy Connors At The US Open”

Tennis – Greatest Rivalries Documentary – 2023 – A Best Documentary Production Special – “Connors / McEnroe: The Rivalry That Revolutionized Tennis”

Tennis – Greatest Rivalries – 2013 – A Wimbledon Production Special – “Jimmy Connors Interviews As Discusses His Wimbledon Memories and Famous Rivalry With John McEnroe”

 

 

Tennis – Greatest Rivalries by Marco Amaro – 2021 – A TennisPAL Production Special – “Classic Rivalries: Jimmy Connors vs. Guillermo Vilas”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

 

 

During his best years of 1974 through 1978, Connors was challenged the most by Borg…..with twelve head to head matches on tour during that time frame…..when Borg won only four of those meetings but two of those wins were in the Wimbledon finals of 1977 and 1978.  Connors lost his chokehold  on the top ranking to Borg in early 1979…..and wound up with an official tour record of 8–15 against Borg…..who is four years younger…..and won the last ten times they met.  Head to head in major championship finals, they split their four meetings, Borg winning two Wimbledons (1977 & 1978) and Connors winning two US Opens (1976 & 1978).

 

 

 

Tennis – Greatest Rivalries by Marco Amaro – 2020 – A TennisPAL Production Special – “Classic Rivalries: Bjorn Borg Vs. Jimmy Connors”

 

 

Tennis – Greatest Rivalries – 2023 – A Advantage Connors Podcast Production Special – “Classic Rivalries: Bjorn Borg Vs. Jimmy Connors” – As Borg Says “The Real Rivalry Was You and Me, We Started the Whole Thing”

 

 

 

Nastase was another rival in Connors’s prime…..and albeit he was six years older than Connors, Nastase won ten of their first eleven meetings…..while Connors won 11 of their final 14 meetings.  The two would team up to win the doubles championships at the 1973 Wimbledon and the 1975 US Open.

 

 

 

Tennis – Greatest Rivalries by Marco Amaro – 2021 – A TennisPAL Production Special – “Classic Rivalries: Ilie Nastase Vs. Jimmy Connors”

 

 

Tennis – Greatest Rivalries (Extended Highlights) – 2007 – A krosero Production Special – “Classic Rivalries: Rod Laver Vs. Jimmy Connors”

 

 

 

Orantes upset Connors in the final of the 1975 US Open…..but Connors was 11–3 overall against Orantes in tour events.  On the other hand, Vilas wore down Connors in the final of the 1977 US Open…..and was much more competitive in all of their meetings…..as Connors was able to manage only a 5–4 record against Vilas in tour events.                                                                                

 

 

 

Tennis – US Open Men’s Singles Finals (Extended Highlights) – 1975 – A tenniscollector Production Special – “Classic Rivalries: Manuel Orantes Vs. Jimmy Connors – Mirroring Images” 

 

 

Tennis – US Open Men’s Singles Finals – 1977 – Guillermo Vilas Vs Jimmy Connors (Part 1)

 

 

Tennis – US Open Men’s Singles Finals – 1977 – Guillermo Vilas Vs Jimmy Connors (Part 2) – Vilas Wins 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0

 

 

 

In 1975, Connors won two highly touted “Challenge Matches”, both arranged by the Riordan company and televised nationally by CBS Sports from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. The first match, in February and was billed as a  $100,000 ($543,847 today) winner-takes-all match against Rod Laver…..when Connors won that match, 6–4, 6–2, 3–6, 7–5…..then in April, Connors met Newcombe in a match billed as a $250,000 winner-takes-all…..and Connors won the match, 6–3, 4–6, 6–2, 6–4.  Connors ended his business relationship with Riordan later in 1975.

 

 

 

Tennis – Las Vegas $100,000 Winner-Take-All Challenge Match – 1975 – Rod Laver Vs Jimmy ConnorsConnors Wins 6–3, 4–6, 6–2, 6–4                                                                                                                                                     

 

 

Tennis – Las Vegas $250,000 Winner-Take-All Challenge Match – 1975 – John Newcombe Vs Jimmy ConnorsConnors Wins 6–4, 6–2, 3–6, 7–5

 

 

Connors played Newcombe in four tour events…..with Newcombe winning the first two meetings on grass at the 1973 US Open quarterfinal…..and the 1975 Australian Open final…..while Connors won the last two on hard courts at the 1978 Sydney Indoor quarterfinal…..as well as the 1979 Hong Kong round of 16.  Connors won all three meetings with Rod Laver in tour events.

 

 

 

 

Tennis – Australian Open Men’s Singles Finals (Extended Highlights) – 1975 – An Australian Open TV Production Special – “John Newcombe Vs Jimmy Connors” – Newcombe Wins 7–5, 3–6, 6–4, 7–6(9–7) 

 

 

Tennis – Australian Open Men’s Singles Finals (Extended Highlights) – 1975 – An Australian Open TV Production Special – “John Newcombe Vs Jimmy Connors” – Newcombe Wins 7–5, 3–6, 6–4, 7–6(9–7) 

                              

 

 

In 1984 Connors had made both the finals of Wimbledon and the WCT finals …..with a semifinal appearance at the French Open…..the US Open…..and the Masters Cup…..as he finished the year as the # 2 ranked player after McEnroe …..then in 1985 he made the semi-finals of the big 4 four events…..and finished number # 4 for the year…..which was a ranking he would again obtain in 1987 at the age of 35.  Connors had shining moments against John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl, both of whom rose to prominence after Connors peaked in the mid-1970’s.  He would continue to compete against much younger players…..and had one of the most remarkable comebacks for any athlete when he reached the semifinals of the 1991 US Open at the age of 39.

 

 

 

 

Tennis – World Mixed Doubles Championships Finals Match (Extended Highlights) – 1983 – A sully03362 Production Special – Chris Evert + Jimmy Connors Vs Roscoe Tanner + Andrea Jaeger – Connors/Evert Win 6-4, 6-2, 6-4                                                                                                                                                                                      

 

 

 

Tennis – WCT Dallas Men’s Finals Match (Entire Match) – 1984 – A stephane Amady Production Special – John McEnroe Vs Jimmy Connors – McEnroe Wins 6-0, 6-0                                                                                                                

 

 

Tennis – French Open Men’s Singles Quarterfinals Match (Entire Match) – 1987 – A Doctor Bopp’s Tennis-Video Archive Production Special – Boris Becker Vs Jimmy Connors – Becker Wins 6-3, 6-3, 7-5                                                 

 

 

Tennis – Wimbledon Championships Men’s Singles Quarterfinals Match (Entire Match) – 1987 – A Wimbledon Production Special – Mikael Pernfors Vs Jimmy Connors – Connors Wins 1-6, 1-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-2

 

 

In the 1980 WCT Finals, Connors defeated the defending champion, John McEnroe…..then in 1982, at age 29, Connors was back in the Wimbledon singles final…..where he faced McEnroe…..who by then was established firmly as the world’s top player.  Connors recovered from being three points away from defeat in a fourth-set tie-break (at 3–4) to win the match, 3–6, 6–3, 6–7, 7–6, 6–4, and claimed his 2nd Wimbledon title, eight years after his first.

 

 

 

Tennis – WCT Dallas Men’s Singles Finals (2nd Set To End) – 1980 – A TENNIS LEGENDS Online Retro Tennis Clothing Store Production Special – John McEnroe Vs. Jimmy Connors

 

 

Tennis – Wimbledon Men’s Singles Finals (Extended Highlights) – 1982 – A Wimbledon Production Special – John McEnroe Vs. Jimmy Connors – Connors Wins 2nd Wimbledon 3–6, 6–3, 6–7, 7–6, 6–4                                                                              

 

 

Although Connors’s tour record against McEnroe was 14–20, McEnroe is 6½ years younger than Connors…..and had a losing record against Connors until he won 12 out of their last 14 meetings…..when in meeting head to head in major championship finals, they split their two meetings…..with Connors winning the 1982 Wimbledon in five sets…..and McEnroe winning the 1984 Wimbledon in straight sets.  McEnroe won six of their nine meetings in Grand Slam events.

 

 

 

Tennis – Documentary – 2023 – A US Open Tennis Championships Special Production – “John McEnroe Vs Jimmy Connors: A Fierce Rivalry”

 

 


Tennis – Chicago Michelob Open Match Highlight – 1982 A Tenniscollector Production Special – “Connors vs McEnroe Flare-Up”

 

 

Tennis – Documentary – 2023 – A Best Documentary Special Production – “John McEnroe Vs Jimmy Connors:  The Rivalry That Revolutionized Tennis”

 

 

 

Connors defeated another of the next generation of tennis stars, Ivan Lendl, in the 1982 US Open final…..and soon thereafter regained the # 1 ranking. Connors had a tour record of 13–22 against Lendl…..but Lendl is eight years younger than Connors…..and had a losing record against Connors until he won their last 17 matches from 1984 through 1992…..which was after Connors’s prime.  Head to head in major championship finals, Connors defeated Lendl in both meetings…..while winning the 1982 and 1983 US Open…..when Connors continued to compete against younger men well into his 41st year.

 

 

 

Tennis – French Open Men’s Singles Semifinals (Entire Match) – 1984 – A stephane Amady Production Special – John McEnroe Vs. Jimmy Connors

 

 

Tennis – Seiko Tokyo Indoor Open Men’s Singles Finals (Entire Match) – 1984 – A TENNIS LEGENDS Online Retro Tennis Clothing Store Production Special – Ivan Lendl Vs. Jimmy Connors – Connors Wins 6-4,3-6,6-0

Tennis – Davis Cup Singles Finals (Entire Match) – 1984 – A TENNIS LEGENDS Online Retro Tennis Clothing Store Production Special – Mats Wilander Vs. Jimmy Connors – Connors Wins 6-4,3-6,6-0                                           

 

 

In the 4th round of the 1987 Wimbledon Championships, Connors defeated Mikael Pernfors, ten years his junior, 1–6, 1–6, 7–5, 6–4, 6–2, after having trailed 4–1 in the third set and 3–0 in the fourth set.  In July 1988, Connors ended a four-year title drought by winning the Sovran Bank Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C…..which was the 106th title of his career…..when Connors had played in 56 tournaments and lost 11 finals since his previous victory in the Tokyo Indoors against Lendl in October 1984.

 

 

 

Tennis – Wimbledon Men’s Singles 4th Round (Entire Match) – 1987 – A Wimbledon Production Special -Mikael Pernfors Vs. Jimmy Connors – Connors Wins 6-4,3-6,6-0   

 

 

Tennis – Wimbledon Men’s Singles Quarterfinals (Entire Match) – 1987 – A Wimbledon Production Special – Slobodan Zivojinovic Vs. Jimmy Connors – Connors Wins 7-6,7-5,6-3   

                                       

 

 

At the 1989 US Open, Connors defeated the 3rd seed (and future two-time champion), Stefan Edberg, in straight sets in the 4th round…..then he pushed 6th-seeded Andre Agassi to five sets in a quarterfinal.

 

 

 

Tennis – US Open Men’s 4th Round (Entire Match) – 1989 – Stefan Edberg Vs. Jimmy Connors – Connors Wins 6-2,6-3,6-1

 

 

Tennis – Toulouse Open Men’s Finals (Entire Match) – 1989 – John McEnroe Vs. Jimmy Connors – Connors Wins 6-3,6-3

 

 

Tennis – Basel Open Men’s Semifinals (Entire Match) – 1989 – Stefan Edberg Vs. Jimmy Connors – Edberg Wins 6-1,7-6

Tennis -US Open Men’s Quarterfinals Match (Extended Highlights) – 1989 – Andre Aggasi Vs. Jimmy Connors – Edberg Wins 6-1,7-6

 

 

His career seemed to be at an end in 1990…..when he played only three tournament matches and lost all three…..while dropping to # 936 in the world rankings.  However, after surgery on his deteriorating left wrist, he came back to play 14 tournaments in 1991…..when an ailing back forced him to retire from a five-sets match in the 3rd round of the French Open against Michael Chang, the 1989 champion.  Connors walked off the court after hitting a service-return winner against Chang on the 1st point of the 5th set, having just levelled the match by winning the 4th.

 

 

Tennis – Mini Documentary – US Open Men’s Quarterfinals Match (Extended Highlights) – 1989 – An Andria Rogava Production Special – Andre Agassi Vs. Jimmy Connors – Agassi Wins 6-1,4-6,0-6,6-3,6-4

Tennis – Incredible Point – US Open Men’s 1st Round  Match – 1989 – An John Mongani Production Special – Tom Nijssen Vs. Jimmy Connors – “Greatest Point I’ve Ever Seen As A 70 Yr. Tennis Fan”

 

 

Tennis – Mini Documentary Film – US Open Men’s 1st Round To Semifinals (Extended Highlights) – 1989 – An United States Tennis Association (USTA) Production Special – “Jimmy Connors’ Unlikely Run to the Semifinals of the 1991 US Open”

 

 

 

Connors recuperated and made an improbable run to the 1991 US Open semifinals…..which he later said were “the best 11 days of my tennis career”. On his 39th birthday he defeated 24-year-old Aaron Krickstein, 3–6, 7–6, 1–6, 6–3, 7–6, in 4 hours and 41 minutes…..while coming back from a 2–5 deficit in the final set.  Connors then defeated Paul Haarhuis in the quarterfinals before losing to Jim Courier…..and for all he achieved at this time of his career…..and a mere 22 years later…..ESPN aired a documentary which  commemorated Connors’s run.

 

 

 

Tennis – US Open Men’s Singles 4th Round (Entire Match) – 1991 – A PertSnergleman Production Special – Aaron Krickstein Vs Jimmy Connors – Connors Wins 3-6,7-6(10-8),1-6,6-3,7-6(7-4) on His 39th Birthday

 

 

Tennis – French Open Men’s Singles 2nd Round (4th and 5th Sets) – 1991 – A Ronald Agénor Production Special – Ronald Agénor Vs Jimmy Connors – Connors Wins 6-4,6-2,3-6,0-6,6-4

 

 

 

Connors participated in his last major tournament, in the 1992 US Open, where he beat Jaime Oncins, 6–1, 6–2, 6–3 in the 1st round, before losing to Lendl (then ranked No. 7), 6–3, 3–6, 2–6, 0–6 in the 2nd round.  In September 1992, Connors played Martina Navratilova in the third Battle of the Sexes tennis match at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. Connors was allowed only one serve per point and Navratilova was allowed to hit into half the doubles court. Connors won, 7–5, 6–2.

 

 

 

Tennis – US Open Men’s Singles 2nd Round (Entire Match) – 1992 – A TENNIS LEGENDS Online Retro Tennis Clothing Store Production Special – Ivan Lendl Vs Jimmy Connors – Lendl Wins 3-6,6-3,6-2,6-0

 

 

Tennis – US Open Men’s Singles 2nd Round (After Losing A Game) – 1992 – A Sports Spot Production Special – “Jimmy Connors Calls Ivan Lendl “F***ing Faggot Playing Pusher” at 1992 US Open”

 

 

Tennis – Exhibition – Battle of the Sexes II (Extended Highlights) – 1993 – An MCfanforeverXD Production SpecialMartina Navratilova Vs Jimmy Connors – Connors Wins 7-5.6-2                                                                                                                                                  

 

 

However, this would not be the end of his playing career. As late as June 1995, three months shy of his 43rd birthday Connors beat Sébastien Lareau, 6–4, 7–6, and Martin Sinner, 7–6, 6–0, to progress to the quarterfinals of the Halle event in Germany…..when Connors lost this quarterfinal, 6–7, 3–6 to Marc Rosset.  Connors’s last match on the main ATP tour came in April 1996, when he lost, 2–6, 6–3, 1–6, to Richey Reneberg in Atlanta.

 

 

 

Tennis – Halle Open Men’s Singles Quarterfinals (Entire Match) – 1995 – A TENNIS LEGENDS Online Retro Tennis Clothing Store Production Special – Marc Rosset Vs Jimmy Connors – Rosset Wins 6–7, 3–6

 

 

 

Connors also irritated sponsors and tennis officials by shunning the end-of-year Masters championship from 1974 through 1976…..however, he entered this round-robin competition in 1977 when it moved to New York City. Although Connors lost a celebrated late-night match to Vilas, 4–6, 6–3, 5–7, he took the title by defeating Borg in the final, 6–4, 1–6, 6–4.

 

 

 

Tennis – Super Shots – US Open Men’s 4th Round Singles Match – 1978 – A vacanzecaluri Production Special – Adriano Panatta Vs Jimmy Connors – “A Volley and Shot That Provides Evidence To Jimmy Connors Never Give Up Attitude…..Greatness!!”                                                                                                                     

 

 

Tennis – US Open Men’s Singles Finals Match (Extended Highlights) – 1977 – A RetroTennis Production Special – Guillermo Vilas Vs Jimmy Connors – Vilas Wins 2–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–4), 6–0 

Connors is often considered among the greatest tennis players in the history of the sport.  Connors won a male record 109 singles titles.  He also won 16 doubles titles…..which included the men’s doubles titles at Wimbledon in 1973 and the US Open in 1975.  Connors has won more matches (1,274) than any other male professional tennis player in the open era…..while his career win–loss record was 1,274–282 for a winning percentage of 82.4.  He played 401 tournaments, a record until Fabrice Santoro overtook it in 2008. In Grand Slam Singles events, Connors reached the semifinals or better a total of 31 times and the quarterfinals or better a total of 41 times, despite entering the Australian Open Men’s Singles only twice and not entering the French Open Men’s Singles for five of his peak career years. The 31 semifinals stood as a record until surpassed by Roger Federer at Wimbledon 2012….. while the 41 quarterfinals remained a record until Roger Federer surpassed it at Wimbledon 2014.  Connors was the only player to win the US Open on three different surfaces: grass, clay and hard.  He was also the 1st male tennis player to win Grand Slam singles titles on three different surfaces with grass in 1974…..clay in 1976…..and hard in 1978.

 

 

 

News & Tennis – CBS This Morning With Charlie Rose & Norah O’Donnell Interview With Jimmy Connors – 2013 – A CBS News Production Special – “Jimmy Connors Talks “Bad Attitude” Toward Tennis”

 

 

Connors was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998….. and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Hall of Fame in 1986.  He also has a star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.  In his 1979 autobiography, tennis promoter and Grand Slam winning player Jack Kramer ranked Connors as one of the 21 best players of all time.  In the modern era of power tennis, Connors’s style of play has often been cited as highly influential, especially in the development of the flat backhand.  Larry Schwartz on ESPN.com said about Connors, “His biggest weapons were an indomitable spirit, a two-handed backhand and the best service return in the game.  It is difficult to say which was more instrumental in Connors becoming a champion…… Though smaller than most of his competitors, Connors didn’t let it bother him, making up for a lack of size with determination.”  Of his own competitive nature Connors has said, “[T]here’s always somebody out there who’s willing to push it that extra inch, or mile, and that was me. (Laughter) I didn’t care if it took me 30 minutes or five hours.  If you beat me, you had to be the best, or the best you had that day.  But that was my passion for the game.  If I won, I won, and if I lost, well, I didn’t take it so well.”

 

 

 

Tennis – Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony – 1998 – A tennisfamer Production Special – “Jimmy Connors: Hall of Fame Induction Speech, 1998”                                                                                                                                   

 

 

His on-court antics, designed to get the crowd involved, both helped and hurt his play…..with Schwartz saying, “While tennis fans enjoyed Connors’s gritty style and his never-say-die attitude, they often were shocked by his antics. His sometimes vulgar on-court behavior—like giving the finger to a linesman after disagreeing with a call or strutting about the court with the tennis racket handle between his legs; sometimes he would yank on the handle in a grotesque manner and his fans would go wild or groan in disapproval—did not help his approval rating.  During the early part of his career, Connors frequently argued with umpires, linesmen, the players union, Davis Cup officials and other players.  He was even booed at Wimbledon—a rare show of disapproval there—for snubbing the Parade of Champions on the first day of the Centenary in 1977.”  His brash behavior both on and off the court earned him a reputation as the brat of the tennis world.  Tennis commentator Bud Collins nicknamed Connors the “Brash Basher of Belleville” after the St Louis suburb where he grew up.  Connors himself thrived on the energy of the crowd, positive or negative, and manipulated and exploited it to his advantage in many of the greatest matches of his career.

 

 

 

Tennis – Player Antics Special Footage – 2013 – A TheMotiondevotion Production Special – “Jimmy Connors:  Tennis Tantrum in Chicago in 1988”

 

 

Tennis – Player Antics Special Footage – 1991 – A Scal256 Production Special – “Jimmy Connors:  TubeChop Tirade 1991 U S Open 4th Round Match Vs. Aaron Krickstein”

 

 

Tennis – Player Antics Special Footage – 1982 – Chicago Michelob Open Match – A tenniscollector Production Special – “Jimmy Connors:  Getting In John McEnroe’s Face”

 

 

 

Connors was taught to hit the ball on the rise by his teaching-pro mother, Gloria Connors, a technique he used to defeat the opposition in the early years of his career.  Gloria sent her son to Southern California to work with Pancho Segura at the age of 16…..who advanced Connors’ game of hitting the ball on the rise…..which enabled Connors to reflect the power and velocity of his opponents back at them.  In the 1975 Wimbledon final, Arthur Ashe countered this strategy by taking the pace off the ball, giving Connors only soft junk shots (dinks, drop shots, and lobs) to hit.

 

 

 

Tennis – In Slow Motion Special – 2019 – An innocenti laurent Production Special – “Jimmy Connors: In Slow Motion – Evidence Of Being Taught To Hit The Ball On The Rise”

 

 

 

In an era when the serve and volley was the norm, Björn Borg excepted, Connors was one of the few players to hit the ball flat, low, and predominantly from the baseline.  Connors hit his forehand with a semi-Western grip and with little net clearance.  Contemporaries such as Arthur Ashe and commentators such as Joel Drucker characterized his forehand as his greatest weakness, especially on extreme pressure points, as it lacked the safety margin of hard forehands hit with topspin. His serve, while accurate and capable, was never a great weapon for him as it did not reach the velocity and power of his opponents.

 

 

 

Tennis – Technique Lessons Special – 2020 – A PowerFlail Production Special – “Jimmy Connors: The Blueprint for a Stroke”

 

 

His lack of a dominating serve and net game, combined with his individualist style and maverick tendencies, meant that he was not as successful in doubles as he was in singles, although he did win Grand Slam titles with Ilie Năstase, reached a final with Chris Evert, and accumulated 16 doubles titles during his career.

 

 

 

Tennis – Technique Lessons Special – 2020 – A PowerFlail Production Special – “Jimmy Connors: Tennis Wisdom”

 

 

 

At a time when most other tennis pros played with wooden rackets, Connors used the “Wilson T2000” steel racket…..which utilized a method for stringing that had been devised and patented by Lacoste in 1953…..as he played with this chrome tubular steel racket until 1984…..when most other pros had shifted to new racket technologies, materials, and designs.

 

 

 

Tennis – Technique Lessons Special – 2020 – A PowerFlail Production Special – “Jimmy Connors: The Ideal Backhand Stroke”

 

 

 

At the Tokyo Indoor in October 1983, Connors switched to a new mid-size graphite racket, the Wilson ProStaff, that had been designed especially for him…..and he used it on the 1984 tour…..but 1985 again found Connors playing with the T2000. In 1987, he finally switched to a graphite racket when he signed a contract with Slazenger to play their Panther Pro Ceramic. In 1990, Connors signed with Estusa.  Connors used lead tape which he would wind around the racket head to provide the proper “feel” for his style of game.

 

 

 

Tennis – Racquet Information – 2021 – A Tennis Majors Production Special – “The Wilson T-2000: Tennis Racquet Made Famous By Tennis Legend Jimmy Connors”

 

 

 

Connors did commentary with NBC-TV in 1990 and 1991…..during its coverage of the French Open and Wimbledon tournaments.  During the Wimbledon tournaments of 2005, 2006, and 2007, Connors commentated for the BBC alongside John McEnroe (among others)…..which provided moments of heated discussion between two former archrivals.  Connors returned to BBC commentary at Wimbledon in 2014…..and also served as a commentator and analyst for the Tennis Channel since the US Open tournament of 2009.

 

 

 

News & Tennis – Belleville News-Democrat Interview With Jimmy Connors – As Gabi Papachrisanthou of St. Louis Works With Jimmy Connors

 

 

 

On July 24, 2006, at the start of the Countrywide Classic tournament in Los Angeles, American tennis player Andy Roddick announced his partnership with Connors as his coach.  In September, 2006 Roddick reached the final of the U.S. Open…..where he lost to Roger Federer…..then on March 6, 2008, Roddick announced the end of that 19-month relationship.

 

 

 

Tennis – Practicing With Coach – 2007 – A frenchamerican Production Special – “Andy Roddick Practices with Coach Jimmy Connors

 

 

Tennis – Interview – 2006 – French Open – A Lionsglare Production Special – “Andy Roddick: Talks About His New Coach Jimmy Connors”

 

 

 

Connors was engaged to fellow tennis pro Chris Evert from 1974 to 1975….. and they each triumphed in the singles events at the 1974 Wimbledon Championships, a feat labelled “The Lovebird Double” by the media.  Their engagement was broken off shortly before the 1975 Wimbledon tournament as Connors and Evert briefly reconciled in 1976 and 1978, before parting for good.  In May 2013, Connors wrote his autobiography in which he alleged that Evert was pregnant with their child and that she unilaterally made the decision to have an abortion.  Former Miss World Marjorie Wallace was engaged to Connors from 1976 to 1977, but in 1979 Connors married Playboy model Patti McGuire. They have two children, son Brett and daughter Aubree, and live in the Santa Barbara, California, area.

 

 

 

Tennis – Mini Documentary – 2023 – A Tennis Plus Production Special – What’s Going On With Jimmy Connors’ Family? [Parents, Kids, Wife]”

 

 

 

After viewing all of the videos that were published throughout this post on the life and legend of Jimmy Connors…..it reminds

Tennis – Men’s Doubles Exhibition Funny Moments Highlights – 2014 – A MrJonswift200 stories Production Special – “McEnroe Makes Fun of Connors”

 

 

 

 

 

Nobody before or since had the incredible intensity and vibe like Connors. He could whip a crowd into a frenzy like no other. The entire sports world is lacking players like him. He truly made tennis a more exciting sport when he was playing.

What Connors did at 39 yrs old here was nothing short of a miracle! I must’ve seen this a million times, and I still can’t believe how the fans just absolutely blew up after that point. They were totally driving him to win that match.

The most Important tennis player of all time. Brought tennis to the masses…watched this match with my father. .what a great point and a great night…Connors never quit fighting. ..and that is why he was so amazing

Connors was a relentless attacker but he could also hustle around the court and counter punch like crazy. I have been fortunate to have watched him live quite a few times. You had to be there sitting behind the baseline to realize what it was like for his opponents on the other side of the net. I would describe his style as pound from the ground and hustle for every point. Jimmy never gave up on a point.

Connors loved playing in New York, and New York loved him! When he made his famous championship speech when he was the bad boy back in ’78 where he said, “You may not always like me, but I like you,” he won MORE than the US Open that day. He WON NEW YORK!

It was because of this match when I was 13 I picked up dad’s old racket and balls and used a backboard and our garage door to learn how to hit a ball. I was cheering for this guy, and I had no clue who he was, but he brought you along for the ride and I’ll always be grateful to the one and only Jimbo for introducing me to the greatest sport ever.

Connors was a giant. His ’74 season is still one of the best. And his all-time tournament victories is still something to behold.  Once Jimmy Connors retired tennis was never the same for me!! There are great players today but Jimmy brought a special Energy to the game!!.

You’re the main reason for the tennis explosion in America and probably the world when it gained mass popularity in the 1970s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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