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.
was a runner-up in seven Grand Slam singles finals, one Grand Slam doubles final
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
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.
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.
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
he was sitting back like he was on a Sunday stroll.
Nothing is like being out there
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.
Tennis was always there for me, which was lucky.
I would go play baseball, basketball, football, hang with my brother,
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?’
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.