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.
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...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.Read Full Review of The Outsider: A Memoir | See more reviews from NY Times
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.Read Full Review of The Outsider: A Memoir | See more reviews from Guardian
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.Read Full Review of The Outsider: A Memoir
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