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The Outsider: My Autobiography [Hardcover]

Jimmy Connors
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23 May 2013

Jimmy 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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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press; First Edition edition (23 May 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0593069277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593069271
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.4 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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)

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The sensational autobiography of the most successful and charismatic tennis player of all time

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars jimbo at last!!!! 9 Jun 2013
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The most important and significant tennis player of the open era finally opens up about his life and times being the world number one tennis player of the 70's. Sometimes angry, other times moving he gives allot of insight into what drove him and even distracted him in his quest to be the best and most exciting tennis player of his era and perhaps all time. However, there are moments where he leaves the finer details to your imagination hence my 4 out of 5 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Leaves a sour taste 30 Jun 2013
By Claretta VINE VOICE
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Jimmy Connors was one of the most compelling players of the open era of tennis, and when you watched him play you always knew he'd give it his all. I had high hopes of this book and although I enjoyed it I found it left me feeling sad. Connors has made a fortune and won the adulation of millions, but he is not a happy man. While he is clearly a good and loyal friend - he adores Ilie Nastase and the section on the great Vitas Gerulaitis, who died tragically young, is particularly touching - he also has an uncanny knack of falling out with everyone. Promoters, agents, former friends, umpires, even his own brother (whom he was involved in litigation with for over a decade)- all fall out of favour. As everyone knows by now, Chris Evert is portrayed in an unflattering light as a prissy control freak, and he seems to have a completely irrational hatred of Andre Agassi, because of some off-the-cuff remark Agassi made early on in his career.

There is a lot of score-settling in this book, and Connors still seems to be brimming with anger. There are also some great descriptions of matches, but you don't get much feel for what it was like being on the tour in those days - perhaps becasue Connors didn't really socialise with his peers. The real hero of this book is his wife Pattie, who seems to be little short of a saint. To do Connors credit, he clearly adores her and is ashamed of how badly he has behaved at times (having told her he no longer wanted to be married, he cut up her credit cards when she dared to consult a lawyer.)

This book isn't in the same league as Agassi's autobiography (which I highly recommend) or McEnroe's. I found it an interesting read, but it left me with the feeling that I wouldn't much like to spend time with Jimmy Connors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 5 Jan 2014
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Really enjoyed this and I read lots of autobiographies, especially sports. I gave this 5 stars because you get exactly what you would expect from Jimmy Connors- totally engaging and fast paced coverage of the most exciting era in tennis from arguably the most influential individual the game has seen. I would recommend this to any sports fan, certainly any tennis fan. I would guess that if you did not like Connors this book is unlikely to change your view of him. Uncompromising would be a good description of him and his book. If you remember the reason tennis was so great in those years - you did not simply watch and admire the skills as you do now, you were completely drawn into the drama and the characters involved - you will love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight. ! 16 Jun 2013
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Fabulous book never new all that about his childhood ! Always been a massive fan back in his heyday ! Just goes to prove what hard work and determination can do. !
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5.0 out of 5 stars The confession of Jimmy Connors 18 July 2014
By Matt182
I've been a bit of a Jimmy Connors fan for years after watching re-runs of his matches on Wimbledon and seeing him interviewed a couple of times at Wimbledon, most notably the time before last I saw him at The Championships ('08 or '09) before making a surprise appearance this year and doing some commentary for BBC. When I found out he had released an autobiography last summer I knew that I had to get it. I have previously read John McEnroe's autobiography, which I really enjoyed and found insightful so I was hoping for the same from Jimmy.

I wasn't around when Jimmy was playing professionally and I got into tennis in '06 so my interest in McEnroe and Connors comes from footage of how they played and who they are now. I'm a big fan of current tennis but I think I find something exciting about the way it was back then and the personalities which is quite different from nowadays.

The book starts in an interesting time in his career in 1981 where he tells us people have been saying he's 'finished, washed up, done' and how he was determined to work his way back to the top and be better than anyone believed he could be. The story takes us through Jimmy's upbringing in East St Louis, Illinois and how his mum taught him to play alongside his grandmother nicknamed 'Two-mum', due to her being like a second mother to him. The struggles are discussed including a savage attack on public courts where his mother, gran and grandfather were brutally assaulted by two youths. His mother went on to be his manager through his professional career alongside coach Pancho Segura.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT READ 12 Jun 2014
By Gilly
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This is one of the best tennis Autobiographies I have read to date. It brutally honest, gripping, sad in many places and also very humorous.
Well done Jimmy you are sorely missed on tour. I totally admired your style of play and how you always put your life and soul into the game which comes over so well in your book.
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Awful book, but great seller - thank you!
Published 1 day ago by Ole
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining
you learn a lot over the tennis in the 70s and 80s you may learn how to fight surely not how to behave (on a tennis court). but thx Jimbo for all these matches
Published 25 days ago by Frederic BOISSEL
3.0 out of 5 stars the first part is great and the last part is boring
As a tennisplayer, I find Jimmy Connors "The outsider" okay, the first part is great and the last part is boring. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Ole Nielsen /Denmark
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Only half way through but good reading.
Published 1 month ago by Dena Nelson-smith
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Best sports read in a long time. An honest man.
Published 1 month ago by Jim Clark
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Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Anne Millar
5.0 out of 5 stars The Outsider not in my book!
I couldn't put it down. A great insight into the life of my favourite all time tennis champion.Tears and laughter what more could you ask for.
Published 1 month ago by Bev Green
5.0 out of 5 stars well worth buying
excellent , really enjoyed reading Jimmy always gave his fans value , this year Wimbledon more interesting have his comments
Published 1 month ago by Sd Nicholson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good
Published 2 months ago by g askin
5.0 out of 5 stars A must
Stick with it. If u don't like Connors, like I didn't, u will by the end. I even cried. It's actually put a lot in perspective for me. Quality. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Steven Nader Rafsha
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