Jimmy Connors Saved My Life

Jimmy Connors Saved My Life

Book - 2004
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"In Jimmy Connors Saved My Life author Joel Drucker provides the most thorough examination ever attempted of one of the most complex characters in recent sports history. Jimmy Connors won a record 109 professional tournaments, including eight major championships, and during the 1970s was the world's No. 1 ranked player for a then unprecedented five consecutive years. But his place as perhaps the most important player in tennis history was forged as much by the forcefulness of his personality as the power of his groundstrokes. Connors ignited a tennis revolution. As Drucker writes in this work, Connors bulled tennis into a multi-million-dollar era of national television, rich endorsements and international celebrity.
He personified the notion that an athlete could be both a sports superstar and cultural icon, and by a fusion of rage, desire, ambition and talent Connors showcased the sport as no one before him."
"Through meticulous research, dozens of interviews (including many hours spent with Connors over the years) and his own first-hand experience, Drucker recounts Connors' life story, following him from his St. Louis working-class beginnings under his taskmaster mother and grandmother, through his early successes, and on to his major triumphs and rivalries against the likes of Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe and Andre Agassi. Ultimately revealed is a man who, controlled by his mother, despised by many rivals and censured in the press for his on- and off-court volatility, became the game's first TV superstar and achieved all his life's ambitions save one: happiness."--Jacket.
Publisher: Wilmington, Del. : Sport Media Pub., ©2004
ISBN: 9780973144383
0973144386
Branch Call Number: 796.342 C752d 2004
Characteristics: xii, 276 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm

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