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The Outsider: A Memoir | [Jimmy Connors]

The Outsider: A Memoir

In The Outsider, Connors tells the complete, uncensored story of his life and career, setting the record straight about his formidable mother, Gloria; his very public romance with America's sweetheart Chris Evert; his famous opponents, including Björn Borg, John McEnroe, Arthur Ashe, Ivan Lendl, and Rod Laver; his irrepressible co-conspirators Ilie Nastase and Vitas Gerulaitis; and his young nemesis Andre Agassi.
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Publisher's Summary

Jimmy Connors is a working-man's hero, a people's champion who could tear the cover off a tennis ball, just as he tore the cover off the country-club gentility of his sport. A renegade from the wrong side of the tracks, Connors broke the rules with a radically aggressive style of play and bad-boy antics that turned his matches into prizefights. In 1974 alone, he won 95 out of 99 matches, all of them while wearing the same white shorts he washed in the sink of his hotel bathrooms. Though he lived the rock star life away from tennis, his enduring dedication to his craft earned him eight Grand Slam singles titles and kept him among the top ten best players in the world for sixteen straight years - five at number one.

In The Outsider, Connors tells the complete, uncensored story of his life and career, setting the record straight about his formidable mother, Gloria; his very public romance with America's sweetheart Chris Evert; his famous opponents, including Björn Borg, John McEnroe, Arthur Ashe, Ivan Lendl, and Rod Laver; his irrepressible co-conspirators Ilie Nastase and Vitas Gerulaitis; and his young nemesis Andre Agassi. Connors reveals how his issues with obsessive-compulsive disorder, dyslexia, gambling, and women at various times threatened to derail his career and his long-lasting marriage to Playboy Playmate Patti McGuire.

Presiding over an era that saw tennis attract a new breed of passionate fans - from cops to tycoons - Connors transformed the game forever with his two-handed backhand, his two-fisted lifestyle, and his epic rivalries.

The Outsider is a grand slam of a memoir written by a man once again at the top of his game - as feisty, unvarnished, and defiant as ever.

©2013 Jimmy Connors (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Andy Westport, CT, United States 07-07-13
    Andy Westport, CT, United States 07-07-13 Member Since 2002
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    "authentic and refreshing"

    Great listen. The only thing that could have made it better is if Connors narrated it. You'll hear the whole story, from East St. Louis to #1. Particularly interesting to me was how Connors told of the influence of his mother and grandmother. Most entertaining were his tales of mischief with "Nasty."

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    Chris Midlothian, VA, United States 07-02-13
    Chris Midlothian, VA, United States 07-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    If you could sum up The Outsider in three words, what would they be?

    I loved Jimmy Connors as a player, but found him less likable as a person after listening to this. Contrast the story with Andre Agassi's, who I grew to like more.........left me a bit disappointed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The details


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    John B. Zerkel Tempe, Az USA 05-24-13
    John B. Zerkel Tempe, Az USA 05-24-13 Member Since 2004

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    "Loved it but wish Jimbo would have narrated"
    If you could sum up The Outsider in three words, what would they be?

    Players were Personalities!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Outsider?

    For me , this book brought back so many memories of my youth and my brief career in Tennis....the Nastase stories were awesome!


    Have you listened to any of Rich Orlow’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not....He does a good job, but I kind of wish Jimmy would have narrated.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The birth of his son Brett.....You can really tell he loves his family....


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could go back in time ...these stories were so great, and flashed me back to a time when players had personality other than their clothing.....

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