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14 mai 2013

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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"An engrossing five-setter, with intense exchanges and no tiebreakers... Like the individualists Humphrey Bogart, Frank Sinatra, Pete Rose and Chuck Berry, Connors was authentic. The book reflects that swagger." (New York Times)

"Eye-poppingly indiscreet: The Outsider makes most sports autobiographies feel like very tepid affairs in comparison." (Daily Mail)

"Exhilarating... served up at full pelt, as if Connors were charging at readers with his double-handed backhand, complete with sweaty grunts." (Mail on Sunday)

"As spiky and uncompromising as you would hope... candid and funny." (Marcus Berkmann Daily Mail, Sports Books of the Year)

"Kudos to Jimmy Connors for valiantly trying to argue in his autobiography, The Outsider, that the current spectacle of Roger Federer, Djokovic and Nadal - whose courtesy and dignity generally match the superlative quality of their play - has nothing on his own era of incontinent litigiousness, oncourt swearing, childish tantrums, umpire abuse, celebratory crotch-grabbing and mutual hatred between top players. Connors' book has the ring of honesty... a magnificent snapshot of his era." (Ed Smith New Statesman) --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Relié .

Quatrième de couverture

Jimmy Connors is a working-man's hero, a people's champion who could tear the cover off a tennis ball, just as he tore the cover off the country-club gentility of his sport. A renegade from the wrong side of the tracks, Connors broke the rules with a radically aggressive style of play and bad-boy antics that turned his matches into prizefights. In 1974 alone, he won 95 out of 99 matches, all of them while wearing the same white shorts he washed in the sink of his hotel bathrooms. Though he lived the rock star life away from tennis, his enduring dedication to his craft earned him eight Grand Slam singles titles and kept him among the top ten best players in the world for sixteen straight years—five at number one.

In The Outsider, Connors tells the complete, uncensored story of his life and career, setting the record straight about his formidable mother, Gloria; his very public romance with America's sweetheart Chris Evert; his famous opponents, including Björn Borg, John McEnroe, Arthur Ashe, Ivan Lendl, and Rod Laver; his irrepressible co-conspirators Ilie Nastase and Vitas Gerulaitis; and his young nemesis Andre Agassi. Connors reveals how his issues with obsessive-compulsive disorder, dyslexia, gambling, and women at various times threatened to derail his career and his long-lasting marriage to Playboy Playmate Patti McGuire.

Presiding over an era that saw tennis attract a new breed of passionate fans—from cops to tycoons—Connors transformed the game forever with his two-handed backhand, his two-fisted lifestyle, and his epic rivalries.

The Outsider is a grand slam of a memoir written by a man once again at the top of his game—as feisty, unvarnished, and defiant as ever.


Détails sur le produit

  • Relié: 416 pages
  • Editeur : Harper (14 mai 2013)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0061242993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061242991
  • Dimensions du produit: 23,5 x 16,2 x 3,5 cm
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 good 8 mars 2014
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
interesting guy with a unique aggressive style!
sometimes a bit boring as to comes to unnecessary details
very different style from mac or agassi ones (last obvsiously written by a pro)
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 The Outsider - (Jimbo) Jimmy Connors 26 avril 2014
Par ODC
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One of the most famous player ! Fighting around the world againt John Mc Enroe and Bjorn Borg

A strong personality. Interesting to share his life through his book.

Shipment and quality of the transaction were out of problem of any kind
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent insight into pro tennis and its original 'bad boy' 14 mai 2013
Par D. Graves - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is more than you might expect. It's not a "how great I was" autobiography nor a "tell-all" book filled with shocking stories of the sordid events in a famous tennis star's life; it is perhaps a bit of both of those to some degree but generally it's a real story of a real outsider who conquered the tennis world. Not that Connors is always straight-forward and endearing as he tells his story: he has many axes to grind (with fellow tennis stars and others) and tends to put himself in the most favorable light of most contentious events he was a part of, but, in general, he seems quite honest about his life and mistakes and is not unduly proud of his accomplishments. He's a likeable guy.

Jimmy Connors did come from humble roots in East St. Louis, Illinois, coached by his mother to be good enough at 16 for him to venture out to California at that age - alone - to receive professional coaching. The fact that his mother remained an important force in his tennis career caused many in pro tennis circles (including tennis media people) to deem Connors as a 'momma's boy' and to be highly critical of his mother. We get at the heart of Connors as he writes of the importance of his mother in his life and his anger at how she was treated:

"Why was it OK for Joe Montana's dad to teach his son football or Wayne Gretzky's dad to teach him hockey but it wasn't OK for Gloria Connors to teach her son tennis?"

Indeed.

There are plenty of salacious passages about his wild years on the tennis circuit, a wealth of insider information about that world behind the facade of Wimbledon and the US Open (including why he loathes the All-England Club, for example), his almost-marriage to Chris Evert, pot-shots at John McEnroe, Andre Agassi, Arthur Ashe and other players, his occasionally-difficult but long-lasting marriage to his Playboy Playmate wife, Patti, and much more. It's a very interesting read if you lived through those years where Connors was the original 'bad boy' of tennis. Whether Connors intends it or not, you get the sense that Jimmy Connors was only temporarily a "star", and remained just a driven, talented - but somewhat flawed (as we all are) - regular guy from East St. Louis, Illinois.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Surprisingly candid memoir and excellent blend of personal info and tennis history 14 mai 2013
Par K. Corn - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This memoir blindsided me, far more open and revealing a book than I expected from Jimmy Connors, someone who by his own admission tends to be wary of people and not given to personal revelations. Yet somehow he manages to be surprisingly open in The Outsider, all without softening his edgy personality or blunt take on life.

It was fascinating to read of the journey Connors took to move "tennis from those gated country clubs to the streets." This struggle was part of what made him an outsider (his temperament was another part of that), unwilling to accept the status quo. He wanted to reach out to the average person and change the image of tennis. He was willing to buck the system even if he offended the "old-school fans" who perceived him as "a crude upstart trampling their precious traditions."

The Outsider deftly straddles a fine line, balancing personal information (a romance with Chris Evert, tensions with John McEnroe, a crisis in his marriage) with details about tennis history, technique, and pivotal championships. Although he wasn't above seeking revenge, there were sections in the book when Connors gave credit to players who disliked him. He even calls Arthur Ashe's win over him at Wimbledon in 1975 "flawless". Although Connors went into that game injured, with hairline fractures in a shin, he doesn't use that as an excuse for his loss.

Even in the first few chapters, it becomes clear that Connors overcame plenty to become a tennis champion. But he also had some incredible role models. One of those was his mother. When he was only 8 years old he saw her get punched in the mouth by a couple of thugs at a public tennis court. Even though she was injured so badly she lost her teeth, she still got up and practiced tennis with her two sons the next morning.

What Connors witnessed left him with a permanent anger and drive. His mother also taught him how to harness and use those emotions to his advantage on the tennis court. She was criticized harshly by some members of the press for her involvement in her son's life. But Connors gives her due credit for playing a pivotal role, a living example for him of the mental toughness needed to become a tennis champion. Perhaps her example helped him find the perseverance needed to win matches right after serious injuries.

I was particularly moved when reading the poignant chapter focused on friend and fellow player Vitas Gerulaitis. His untimely death at age 40 stunned Connors. I was near tears as I read the details Connors shared about Gerulaitis, their friendship, and accomplishments. It was a friendship that endured even as Gerulaitis struggled with a serious cocaine habit.

I'm not a huge tennis buff (although I made a point of watching Connors play whenever possible) and yet I couldn't stop reading this memoir. Connors seems to exemplify his belief that "It's not what you accomplish; it's what you overcome to accomplish it that sets you apart."
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Candid, Honest, Jimmy Connors 25 mai 2013
Par W. Zollo - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book will speak to you, I believe most especially to those who vividly recall the fraternity of Connors, Nastase,
Lendl, Borg and Johnny Mac amongst others in the 70s and 80s, the era of the bad boys with talent and big personalities to back the glib verbosity that made them captivating stars.

This is not a tell all. This is not artfully written. At times he cuts the telling of a tale to a paragraph whilst waxing about the origins of his footwork, topspin, backhand to the tenth degree; in here lies the beauty of THE OUTSIDER -- this is Jimmy Connors spinning the narrative central to his being, it's all about tennis and its always, always been about tennis.

His love for the game and his determination to be the best radiates with honesty in pure Connors directness.

There are some classic stories, pure gems about friendships, foolishness, romance, and recklessness and lessons learned.
Tales from his life which he has the right to portion out as he sees fit (which he does and right now I'm referring to Chris Evert--his one time sweetheart, but certainly no sweetheart) and again, doled out with truth and just enough information held back to maintain respect.

Evert, is old news the other relationships are far more wooly, fun and eye-opening. His wife Patti is his backbone, his children are a revelation to him, the complex relationship with his mother Gloria is explained and defined. what a woman!

But in the end this autobiography is Jimmy Connors telling the world how much he loved the game, explaining his issues but being true to himself.

I miss the bad boy(s) of tennis. Connors was talented, worked hard, showed his emotions, played to the crowd.

Instead we have good players with guarenteed contracts, few offer excitement; I know I shouldn't yearn for years gone by-- that makes me old-- but I'm not hankering for the 'good ole days,'-- I saw the best, I recall the rivalrys, I KNEW the players names. I'm not sure Connors is THE OUTSIDER. I think he's the man.

Don't miss reading this, it's more than a walk down memory lane.

This is a good book. JC should be proud. He got it right.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 That must have been some advance check! 17 juin 2013
Par TLD - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I loved this era of tennis and although I was not a huge Connors fan, I respected his talent. This bio did a great job of explaining his formation, and that does give insight into why he played the way he did and why his attitude was--and remains--as it is. And that is part of the problem. Connors seems to think that everything is excusable for him as long as he "owns" it. His affection for his early mentors is clear, and nicely detailed. However, his cocky assessments of Chris Evert, Arthur Ashe and Andrea Agassi come off as petty, judgmental, and immature. As for his big reveal of the unintended pregnancy with Evert, it seems he used it here to underscore how selfish she was. Notably, a few key elements of the story are missing. Connors did not include his response when she first told him of the pregnancy, nor (apparently) did he plead with her to change her mind about how she wanted to handle it. If he developed some guilt about this episode over the years, he should have talked to Evert about it-- or a therapist. It really was not for public disclosure.
Additionally, he paints Evert as moody and promiscuous which makes one wonder why he was engaged to her in the first place! He brags throughout the book about his "putting it all out there" approach to the game, then criticizes Evert for taking their mixed doubles matches too seriously. The whining about having to practice with her when they were dating, and how it helped her game, and not his, is just petty. Interestingly, he repeats a quote his grandmother often told him: to keep a little mystery about himself. But then he seems to dislike the fact that Evert (and Agassi) did just that--choosing to keep some elements of her private life private and keeping a restrained demeanor in public.
The narrative of his later career seems a bit disjointed, and Connor's descriptions of his wife's responses to his cheating, near-divorce and gambling are sometimes puzzling. In the end, his pride and affection for his family is clear. It is great that Connors has found peace as a family man in his later years. But hurting someone you once loved just to make a few bucks is not virtuous, no matter how you look at it.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Jimbo 14 mai 2013
Par Reuel A. Smith - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié
Jimmy Connors rode, and helped propel the rocket of tennis's phenomenal popularity in the 70's into the 90's. Like him or hate him, you had to admire his fight, guts, and ability to capture the moment. Mop haired and brassy in his youth, he matured into a man before our tv watching eyes over his 20 year career. After reading this book, full of insights of his life and times on the courts and beyond, I admire him for his pursuit of perfection in his craft, respect him for his integrity, and like him for his heartfelt emotions as an aging but unbowed man. The book is well written, straightforward, and mature.
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