The Outsider by Jimmy Connors
A Memoir

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9 Critic Reviews

McEnroe and Andre Agassi pioneered the emotionally intelligent tennis memoir, but this is not it.
-Financial Times

Synopsis

The Outsider is a no-holds-barred memoir by the original bad boy of tennis, Jimmy Connors.

Connors ignited the tennis boom in the 1970s with his aggressive style of play, turning his matches with John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, and Ivan Lendl into prizefights. But it was his prolonged dedication to his craft that won him the public’s adoration. He capped off one of the most remarkable runs in tennis history at the age of 39 when he reached the semifinals of the 1991 U.S. Open, competing against players half his age.

More than just the story of a tennis champion, The Outsider is the uncensored account of Connors' life, from his complicated relationship with his formidable mother and his storybook romance with tennis legend Chris Evert, to his battles with gambling and fidelity that threatened to derail his career and his long-lasting marriage to Playboy playmate Patti McGuire.  

When he retired from tennis twenty years ago, Connors all but disappeared from public view. In The Outsider, he is back at the top of his game, and as feisty, outspoken, and defiant as ever.

This autobiography includes original color photographs from the author.

 

About Jimmy Connors

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Jimmy Connors, who will turn 60 in September, is a former American tennis champion, winning a record 109 men's singles titles (and 15 doubles titles) from 1972-1989. He was ranked the world's number one player for five consecutive years and he won eight Grand Slam singles titles and two Grand Slam doubles titles. In 1998 he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and is generally considered to be one of the top male tennis players of all time. This is his first book.
 
Published May 14, 2013 by Harper. 579 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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All: 9 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 5

Kirkus

Above average
on Jun 07 2013

It could have benefited from the self-reflection of an R.A. Dickey, but a readable autobiography all the same.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by Peter Lattman on May 31 2013

...tennis ­fanatics will probably scarf down “The Outsider.” Because of Connors’s longevity...a range of champions make cameo appearances, from old masters like Ken Rosewall and John Newcombe to ’80s-era stars like Ivan Lendl and Mats Wilander.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Tim Adams on May 25 2013

His book is mostly written in this testosterone-induced spirit...The Outsider has little of the tortured introspection of the best example of the genre, Andre Agassi's Open, or the self-aware wit of McEnroe's Serious.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Tim Adams on May 25 2013

His book is mostly written in this testosterone-induced spirit. More than once, for example, he tells his gentle reader to "fuck off".

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WSJ online

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Reviewed by Edward Kosner on May 24 2013

Mr. Connors's true love match was with tennis...Game, set, match, career, Jimbo!

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WSJ online

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Reviewed by Jason Gay on May 13 2013

...the book is...curt and funny, a blast of golden-era detail. Connors straddled a magnificent run of tennis history...

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Financial Times

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Reviewed by Simon Kuper on Jun 07 2013

McEnroe and Andre Agassi pioneered the emotionally intelligent tennis memoir, but this is not it.

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Washington Times

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Reviewed by John Greenya on Jul 03 2013

Throughout the book, Mr. Connors is honest to the point of bluntness, which not all readers will enjoy.

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Sports Book Review Center

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Reviewed by Budd Bailey on May 26 2013

Jimmy Connors has had an interesting life, without a doubt, and he tells its story with honesty and directness. That doesn't mean you'll like him any more than you did when you started. This is a rather sour story, which is not much fun to read at times.

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