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    DescriptionJimmy Connors took the tennis world by storm like no player in the history of the game. A shaggy-haired working-class kid from the wrong side of the tracks, he was prepared to battle for every point, to shout and scream until he was heard, and he didn't care whom he upset in doing so. He was brash, he was a brat. He was a crowd-pleaser, a revolutionary. And he won more tournaments - an astonishing 109 - than any other man in history, including eight Grand Slam singles titles. Only now is Connors ready to set the record straight on what really happened on and off the court. The rivalry with John McEnroe, that frequently threatened to turn violent, with Bjorn Borg, and Ivan Lendl. His romance with Chris Evert, which made them the sweethearts of the sport. The escapades with his partner in crime, Ilie Nastase. The deep roots of the fierce determination that made him the best player on the planet. This is no genteel memoir of a pillar of the tennis establishment. Unflinching, hard-hitting, humorous and passionate, this is the story of a legend - the one and only Jimmy Connors.


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    Title
    The Outsider: My Autobiography
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jimmy Connors
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 580 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780593069288
    ISBN 10: 0593069285
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGSA
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.4A
    BIC subject category V2: WSJR2
    Libri: ENGM1075
    BISAC V2.8: BIO016000
    Libri: ENGM5780, ERIN2078
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14450
    Libri: TENN5000
    BISAC V2.8: SPO045000
    BIC subject category V2: CVS
    DC23: 796.342092
    Thema V1.0: DNBS1, SFTA
    Edition statement
    Trade Paperback.
    Illustrations note
    2x8 colour
    Publisher
    Transworld Publishers Ltd
    Imprint name
    BANTAM PRESS
    Publication date
    23 May 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Jimmy Connors was born in 1952 and grew up in East St Louis, Illinois, learning his tennis under the tutelage of his mother Gloria. He became Under-16 national champion and won a scholarship to UCLA, but after winning the Inter-Collegiate Singles title, quit his studies in January 1972 to turn pro. He won his first major title in the men's doubles with Ilie Nastase at Wimbledon in 1973 and the following year won not only his first Wimbledon singles title but the Australian and US Open too. He went on to win eight Grand Slam singles titles in total, including Wimbledon again in 1982, beating John McEnroe in an epic final. He was the first player to win Grand Slams on all three surfaces (grass, clay and hard), won a record 109 tournaments in his career, was world number one for 268 weeks - over five years - and was still playing at the highest level in his forties.
    Review quote
    "An engrossing five-setter, with intense exchanges and no tiebreakers... Like the individualists Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra, Pete Rose and Chuck Berry, Connors was authentic. The book reflects that swagger." New York Times "Eye-poppingly indiscreet: The Outsider makes most sports autobiographies feel like very tepid affairs in comparison." Daily Mail "Exhilarating... served up at full pelt, as if Connors were charging at readers with his double-handed backhand, complete with sweaty grunts." Mail on Sunday "As spiky and uncompromising as you would hope... candid and funny." -- Marcus Berkmann Daily Mail, Sports Books of the Year "Kudos to Jimmy Connors for valiantly trying to argue in his autobiography, The Outsider, that the current spectacle of Roger Federer, Djokovic and Nadal - whose courtesy and dignity generally match the superlative quality of their play - has nothing on his own era of incontinent litigiousness, oncourt swearing, childish tantrums, umpire abuse, celebratory crotch-grabbing and mutual hatred between top players. Connors' book has the ring of honesty... a magnificent snapshot of his era." -- Ed Smith New Statesman