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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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More humility than bravado

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Anyone who is familiar with the persona of Jimmy Connors on the court will likely be curious to know whether that was the real him or simply a PR stunt. By the end of the book, I concluded that (like most things in life) the answer is somewhere in-between. Connors readily admits to much of the hijinks that many of us witnessed in the 1970s and 80s, but provides some fairly raw admissions of poor decisions and actions. However, peppered in-between are several endearing accounts of the relationships that launched his career and/or accompanied him along the way. Truth is, I wasn't sure of the sincerity part until later in the book, when Mr. Connors spent a considerable amount of time acknowledging all those folks who'd supported him during his heyday: his fellow players, his family, even his dogs. I don't think an ego-maniac would devote so much attention to praising others (and admitting to his own failures) if there wasn't a healthy dose of sincerity and humility in there somewhere. Color me impressed.

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Little character arc - but somewhat funny at times.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The tricky part is that I am a huge fan of autobiographies and I am a tennis nut, so I had high hopes for this one. In all fairness, before this book I read Andre Agassi's 'Open' autobiography, and that is a very, very tough act to follow as it was phenomenal; one of my favorites of all time. So for me, in a way, it was like the Connors v. Agassi match at the US Open, with Connors getting just destroyed, and then hearing Connors complain and take verbal jabs.

What could Jimmy Connors have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Connors was funny at times throughout the book, but he mentions that people don't change. He was notorious for giving the finger to fans during a tennis match, yelling obscenities at the officials and bad mouthing his opponents, so imagine a whole book full of that. Admittedly, I was never a big Connors fan but wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt and hear his side of the story, his life, his personal story. However, there was little, if any, character arc.

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

The narrator did a great job.

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  • Steven
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Another good one

Where does The Outsider rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was a good audiobook. I am glad I purchased it, I never really had the chance to watch Connors, but I was really curious to listen about that era.

What other book might you compare The Outsider to and why?

It is a sparring partner to Open, he definitely takes some shots at that book and I admire that he says what he feels honestly.

What does Rich Orlow bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He has the attitude to fit the words and capture what Jimmy was going for.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, some funny parts. Hearing about his mother being attacked was definitely alarming. I like Jimmy Connors after listening to this book.

Any additional comments?

If you like sports bios check this one out.

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Good

Not as good as Agassi's and McEnroe's book, but better then Sampras's. I'd recommend to anybody that loves the legends of tennis.

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Well written and narrated story of a living legend

I highly recommend this audible autobiography, which takes an indepth look and one of tennis' greatest players. I grew up seeing Jimmy Connors play at the US Open, and it helps knowing most of the cast of characters referenced in the book. Triumph and tragedy blend in a poignant portrait, from his childhood in East St. Louis when his mother and grandfather were attacked on a tennis court by thugs to his rise to #1 throughout much of the '70s and '80s. His romance with Chris Evert to his marriage, family issues, OCD, the death of his friend Gerulaitis, it goes into it all. And of course his magic US Open run of '91 at age 39. His story is entertaining and moving, his passion for tennis shining through it all. Unlike Agassi who "hated" tennis, Connors is the opposite, as he loves it, and the US Open was always his true home!

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Connors: Blows Up Tennis!

Just what I was looking for; an inside view of the man, his opponents, and his take on life.

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You might give up on humanity

Good quality audible, the narration is ok. interesting for tennis players. Its just, u get to realize the inner workings of an arrogant self centered knob. Boring in many places..if he had stopped telling us how great he was all the time it would have made a better listen

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Great book if you enjoy tennis, gambling, or partying:)

I am 43 so missed the early carrier of Jimmy Connors so wanted to learn more. Amazing life story takes you inside of Jimmy’s life. A must read for tennis fans.

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Tennis Lovers Book

I enjoyed hearing Jimmy conners take on his career, his matches I watched as a younger fan, and the behind the scenes happenings as a Professional Tennis player.

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Awesome

I turned the book on every chance I had. Entertaining! Educational! Loved it. Will listen again.