Champion’s point : 8 : Jimmy Connors

Jimmy Connors

James Scott “Jimmy” Connors (born September 2, 1952, in East St. Louis, Illinois) is a former World No. 1 tennis player from the United States.

Jimmy Connors
Connors won eight Grand Slam singles titles (five US Opens, two Wimbledons and one Australian Open) and two Grand Slam doubles titles (at the US Open and Wimbledon), and

was a runner-up in seven Grand Slam singles finals, one Grand Slam doubles final

and

one Grand Slam mixed doubles final.

He held the top ranking for a then-record 160 consecutive weeks from July 29, 1974 to August 22, 1977

and

an additional eight times during his career for a total of 268 weeks.

He was the first male player in the Open Era to rank No. 1 for more than five years in total and more than 200 weeks. He held a year-end top ten ranking for an Open Era record 16 years.

Jimmy Connors

I had true rivalries. Not only did I want to beat my opponent,

but I didn’t want to let him up, either.

I had a rivalry with Mac, Lendl, Borg. Everybody knew there was tension between us,

on court and off.

That’s what’s really ingrained in my mind: ‘This is real. This isn’t a soft rivalry.’

There were no hugs and kisses.

Borg-Connors

Bjorn was a different breed, I threw my best material at him,

but he would never smile,

but that added to the charm when he played me and Mac.

We were going nuts and losing our mind

and

he was sitting back like he was on a Sunday stroll.

Jimmy Connors

Nothing is like being out there

and

playing and performing and winning – nothing.

But to have an interest in the player?

The nerves and everything that goes with it?

Seeing what he’s learned and how he’s done it?

That’s the second best thing to playing.

I think.

Jimmy Connors

Tennis was always there for me, which was lucky.

I would go play baseball, basketball, football, hang with my brother,

do whatever,

and at the end of the day I’d come back and say,

‘Hey, Mom, would you hit 15 minutes worth of balls with me?’

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Connors won 109 ATP-listed singles titles, more than any other male player in the open era and only male player in the open era with more than 100 titles.

He won three year-end championships and 17 Championship Series titles, predecessors of the Masters 1000 series.

In 1974 he became the second man in the open era to win at least three of the four Grand Slams in a calendar year, and is one of six men to achieve the feat.

He is also the only person to win US Open singles championships on grass, clay, and hard courts.

His career win-loss record of 1253–279 (81.79%) is third in the Open Era after Rafael Nadal (83.7%) and Björn Borg (82.7%).

He reached more Grand Slam quarter-finals (41) than any other male player save Roger Federer, who surpassed Connors’ record at Wimbledon in 2014.

He is often ranked among the greatest tennis players of all time.

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Champion’s point : 7 : Jan Kodeš

” The best I can do is do my best”

Jan Kodeš

Jan Kodeš (CzechJan Kodeš; born March 1, 1946, in PragueCzechoslovakia) is a right-handed Czech former tennis player who won three Grand Slam events in the early-1970s.

Kodeš’s greatest success was on the clay courts of the French Open. He won the title there in 1970, beating Željko Franulović in the final, and in 1971, defeating Ilie Năstase in the final. He also won Wimbledon on grass in 1973, although 13 of the top 16 players, and 81 players in total, did not play the tournament[1] that year because of a boycott over the ILTF banning Nikola Pilic from that Wimbledon. Kodeš beat home favorite Roger Taylor in the semifinals 8–9, 9–7, 5–7, 6–4, 7–5 and Alex Metreveli in the final 6–1, 9–8, 6–3.

Kodeš never played the Australian Open but he was twice the runner-up at theUS Open, in 1971 and 1973.

Kodeš reached his highest tour ranking of World No. 4 in September 1973. During his career, he won a total of 8 top-level singles titles and 17 doubles titles.

He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1990.

A lovely guy and one of the hardest fighters on tour, he looked tinny but had great stamina and an enormous menthal strength, that he used to win 3 GS titles, beating guys like Newcombe,Nastase,Franulovic or Metrevali.he also reached 2 more finals ( both at the USO which he never won, in spite of being a few games away to win it, both in 1971 and 1973).

Was a very complete player, solid and percutant groundies, a tigger at the net, he fought every single point and he had just an average serve for a top player.He led Checoslovaquia to his only DC win, heading the team of 1980 ( which had Ivan Lendl as the big star).

Tennis in eastern europe was first known because guys like Kodes and his close friend – yet distant personality-Nastase broke into the top of the tennis world.

To me, the group of 1970-71: Laver,Rosewall,Newcombe,Ashe,Kodes,Nastase,Smith,R oche,Gimeno and Okker may be, possibly, the best top 10 ever in terms of variety and talent.

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Champion’s point : 6

“At Wimbledon, the ladies are simply the candles on the cake.”

John Newcombe

John Newcombe Biography 
John David Newcombe born May 23 1944 in Sydney Australia was a former World No. 1 tennis champion.
A natural athlete as a boy John Newcombe played several sports until devoting himself to tennis.
He was the Australian junior champion in 1961 1962 and 1963 and became a member of Australias Davis Cup winning team in 1964.
He won his first Grand Slam major in 1965 by taking the Australian Championships doubles title with fellow Australian Tony Roche. That same year the duo won the Wimbledon doubles title. They would team up to win the Australian doubles championship three more times Wimbledon another four times and the US Championships in 1967 the French Championships in 1967 and 1969. Together Newcombe and Roche won 12 Grand Slam titles more than any other mens team in tennis history.
John Newcombes powerful serve and volley was the backbone of his attacking game. To the delight of fans and the surprise of his opponent he frequently came up with a second-serve ace.
His play made him the No. 1 amateur in the world in 1967.
As a pro he was the world number one player in 1970 1971 and 1973.
In singles play he was a two time winner of the Australian Open a three time winner of Wimbledon and the US Open twice.As member of Lamar Hunts World Championship Tennis 

Champion’s point : 5

“The next point — that’s all you must think about.”
Rod Laver

Rodney George “Rod” Laver MBE (born 9 August 1938) is an Australian formertennis player who holds the record for most singles titles won in history of tennis, with 200 career titles.

He was the World No. 1 player for seven consecutive years, from 1964 to 1970 (from 1964 to 1967 in the professional circuit)

. He is the only tennis player to have twice won the Grand Slam (all four major singles titles in the same year) – first as an amateur in 1962 and second as a professional in 1969. He is the only male player and was the first player, male or female, to have won the Grand Slam during the open era (in 1988 Steffi Graf also achieved this feat).

Within his slams there are also 6 in doubles and 3 in mixed doubles.

Laver won a total of twenty major tournaments, including eleven Grand Slamtournament titles and nine Pro Slam titles. In 1967, Laver also won theProfessional Grand Slam. In addition he won nine Championship Series titles (1970–75) the precursors to the current Masters 1000. Laver won and excelled on all the surfaces of his time (grass, clay and wood/parquet), and was ranked as the best professional player in the world during the five-year period he was excluded from the Grand Slam tournaments.

Rod Laver is the second and last male player to win each major title twice in his career. Only Roy Emerson and Margaret Court had won all four Grand Slam tournaments twice before Laver in the history of tennis.

Laver is regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all time.   Within his slams there are also 6 in doubles and 3 in mixed doubles.

Text credits : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod_Laver 

Champion’s point : 4


I will tell you King’s First Law of Recognition:

You never get it when you want it, and then when it comes, you get too much.

Billie Jean King 

( Billie Jean King (née Moffitt; born November 22, 1943) is a former professional tennis player from the United States. She won 12 Grand Slam singles titles, 16 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles, and 11 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles. King has been an advocate against sexism in sports and society )

King is the founder of the Women’s Tennis Association, the Women’s Sports Foundation, and owner of World Team Tennis

Champion’s point : 3

My greatest point is my persistence. I never give up in a match. However down I am, I fight until the last ball. My list of matches shows that I have turned a great many so-called irretrievable defeats into victories. 
Bjorn Borg 

Björn Rune Borg (Swedish pronunciation: [bjœːɳ bɔrj] ( listen); born 6 June 1956) is a former world no. 1 tennis player from Sweden. Between 1974 and 1981 he won 11Grand Slam singles titles. He won five consecutive Wimbledon singles titles (a record shared with Roger Federer) and six French Open singles titles (a record shared withRafael Nadal).He is considered by many to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bj%C3%B6rn_Borg

Champion’s point : 2

“I don’t want to be like some of those celebrities walking around, just so full of themselves.

I always want to be down-to-earth, want to be a person like when you meet them, they’re the same person that you think of them in the article or something.”

— Serena Williams.

Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981) is an American professional tennis player and a former world no. 1. The Women’s Tennis Association has ranked her world no. 1 in singles on five separate occasions. She became the world no. 1 for the first time on July 8, 2002 and regained this ranking for the fifth time on November 2, 2009.[2] She is considered by many to be the greatest female tennis player in the modern era 

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today match to watch live :
World No. 2 Rafael Nadal set a repeat of the 2011 final with David Ferrer at the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell after dismissing Fernando Verdasco 6-0, 6-4 in the semi-finals on Saturday.

so have a happy day ….

love all.

champion’s point : 1

Championship point : 1If you can react the same way to winning and losing, that’s a big accomplishment. That quality is important because it stays with you the rest of your life, and there’s going to be a life after tennis that’s a lot longer than your tennis life.Chris Evert(Christine Marie “Chris” Evert (born December 21, 1954) is a former world #1 professional tennis player from the United States. She won 18 Grand Slam singles championships, including a record seven championships at the French Open and a record six championships at the U.S. Open. She was the year-ending World No. 1 singles player in 1975, 1976, 1977, 1980, and 1981.)