Jimmy Connors - Tennis

James Scott \"Jimmy\" Connors (born September 2, 1952, in East St. Louis, Illinois, also known as \"Jimbo\"[1]) is a former World No. 1 American tennis player. He held the top ranking for 160 consecutive weeks from July 29, 1974 through August 29, 1977 and an additional eight times during his career (a total of 268 weeks). He won eight Grand Slam singles titles and two Grand Slam doubles titles with Ilie Năstase and was the mixed doubles runner-up with Chris Evert at the 1974 US Open. He is considered to be one of the top male tennis players of all time.[2] He is a former coach of Andy Roddick, the winner of the 2003 US Open. Although Connors never won the French Open, his victory at the 1976 US Open came during the brief period (1975 through 1977) when that tournament was held on clay courts. Connors is, therefore, one of only four men (Mats Wilander, Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal are the others) to have won a Grand Slam singles title on grass courts, hard courts, and clay courts. Connors also won the U.S. Open singles championship itself on on grass courts, hard courts, and clay courts, the only man to accomplish that trio of wins. < Read less Read more >

Jimmy Connors