The Outsider: My Autobiography (Anglais) Broché – 5 juin 2014
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Description du produit
Revue de presse
"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)
Présentation de l'éditeur
Only now is Connors ready to set the record straight on what really happened on and off the court. The rivalry with John McEnroe, that frequently threatened to turn violent, with Bjorn Borg, and Ivan Lendl. His romance with Chris Evert, which made them the sweethearts of the sport. The escapades with his partner in crime, Ilie Nastase. The deep roots of the fierce determination that made him the best player on the planet.
This is no genteel memoir of a pillar of the tennis establishment. Unflinching, hard-hitting, humorous and passionate, this is the story of a legend - the one and only Jimmy Connors.
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Where does Connor rank as a tennis player? The skinny: he was ranked #1 five years in a row and in 8 different years; in top 3 for 13 straight years; won a record 109 ATP tournaments; he won grand slams on every surface. You value quality over quantity? Connors beat all time greats on clay, grass and hard courts in the finals of grand slams: Borg on clay at the US Open; McEnroe on grass at Wimbledon; and Lendl on hard court at the US Open.
Had Connors played all the slams in his prime and had they been surfaced like they are now I'd bet my house that Connors wins 18-22 of them. Apples to Apple: Connors won 109 ATP titles, Federer won 91. Had Federer beat Nadal in the finals at the French Open he'd have come closer to equalling Connors all-around-play genius. If my life is on the line and you're flipping the coin to decide the surface the match is played on, I want Connors playing that match for me for one simple reason: It's my best hope for survival. The great baseline ground-stroker had an all court game as evidenced by his doubles grand slams.
Connors' biggest sin might have been his longevity. Yes, it, along with his attitude and never give up spirit, helped lift tennis to a sport viewed by the masses, but it also caused John McEnroe to start wielding a racket with a billboard-size head and sweet-spot just to keep up with the resurgent Connors in 1984. That sea change in pro tennis enabled less skilled taller one dimensional players to be more competitive. Suddenly, you could be less accurate with your swing and shots. Connors second rise to the top following his marriage "sabbatical" led to his two greatest rivals throwing in the towel in different ways: McEnroe switched to a gigantic racket with training wheels on it and Bjorn Borg retired young and left a good looking tennis-corpse and myth. Connors was the man. Thanks to video tape, the record book and his autobiography "The Outsider" he won't be the forgotten man.--- @HeadlineZooo
I did find a few errors in the book though, that a true Connors fan would have trouble missing. It is mentioned that he and Chris Evert got engaged in South Africa in late 1974, when it was actually in late 1973. It couldn't have been 1974, because their wedding date was set for November of 1974 and they had been engaged for a year. He also states after winning the 1983 US Open against Ivan Lendl that he would never reach another Grand Slam final again, but then in the very next chapter he mentions losing to John McEnroe in the lopsided Mens Final at Wimbledon 1984. I'm surprised these errors weren't caught in the editing process.
Jimmy takes a defensive tone at various times throughout the book. At other times, he goes on the offensive to take shots at some of the people he feels have wronged him. In my opinion, he probably did reveal too much information about his relationship with Chris Evert. It would have been nice if he could have taken the high road there. In doing that, he has opened himself up to so much criticism and possible backlash from the tennis community. However, this is right in line with how Jimmy Connors has always been. He has always been true to himself. He does what he does, and then he faces the consequences. He is not afraid to be The Outsider.