Jimmy Connors

Country United States
Residence Santa Barbara, California
Date of birth September 2, 1952 (1952-09-02) (age 58)
Place of birth East St. Louis, Illinois
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)
Turned pro 1972, international debut in 1970
Retired 1996
Plays Left-handed (two-handed backhand)
Career prize money US$8,641,040
Int. Tennis HOF 1998 (member page)
Singles
Career record 1241–277 (81.75% at ATP Tour, Grand Prix tour, WCT tour, and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 148 including 109 listed by the ATP Players' Guide
Highest ranking No. 1 (July 29, 1974)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open W (1974)
French Open SF (1979, 1980, 1984, 1985)
Wimbledon W (1974, 1982)
US Open W (1974, 1976, 1978, 1982, 1983)
Major tournaments
Tour Finals W (1977)
Doubles
Career record 173–78 (68.9% at ATP Tour, Grand Prix tour, WCT tour, and Grand Slam level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 15
Highest ranking No. 370 (March 1, 1993)

It is proclaimed that Jimmy Connors, now ex-American tennis champion was regarded as the top player for 160 consecutive weeks from July of 1974 to August of 1977.

PERSONAL DETAILS

Jimmy Connors, the earlier world top most American tennis champion was born in East St. Louis, Illinois.

Recently he is coaching former worlds top most and 2003 U.S. Open champion tennis player Andy Roddick.

He is treated as one of the top male tennis players of all time.

AWARDS

He achieved the eight Grand Slam singles titles and won two Grand Slam doubles titles with Ilie N?stase and at the 1974 U.S. Open he finished mixed doubles runner-up with Chris Evert.

Connors played his first international matches and recorded his first significant victory in the year 1970 in the first round of the Pacific Southwest Open in Los Angeles by beating Roy Emerson.

He achieved the award of the Australian Open after beating Phil Dent in four sets in the final.

After that Connors defeated Ken Rosewall in straight sets in the finals of both the Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in the year 1974.

In early years of 1977, Connors achieved his first World Championship Tennis Finals as the championship tournament of the WCT tour.

Records

  • These records were attained in Open Era of tennis.
Championship Years Record accomplished Player tied
US Open 1974–1983 5 wins overall v
Roger Federer1
U.S. Open 1974–1985 12 consecutive semi-finals Stands alone
Wimbledon 1972–1982 11 consecutive quarterfinals Stands alone

1(Federer not only has won 5 titles, but he has won his titles consecutively.)

Grand Slam finals

Singles: 15 finals (8 titles, 7 runner-ups)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Winner 1974 Australian Open Grass Phil Dent 7–6(7), 6–4, 4–6, 6–3
Winner 1974 Wimbledon Grass Ken Rosewall 6–1, 6–1, 6–4
Winner 1974 US Open Grass Ken Rosewall 6–1, 6–0, 6–1
Runner-up 1975 Australian Open Grass John Newcombe 7–5, 3–6, 6–4, 7–6(7)
Runner-up 1975 Wimbledon Grass Arthur Ashe 6–1, 6–1, 5–7, 6–4
Runner-up 1975 US Open Clay Manuel Orantes 6–4, 6–3, 6–3
Winner 1976 US Open (2) Clay Björn Borg 6–4, 3–6, 7–6(9), 6–4
Runner-up 1977 Wimbledon (2) Grass Björn Borg 3–6, 6–2, 6–1, 5–7, 6–4
Runner-up 1977 US Open (2) Clay Guillermo Vilas 2–6, 6–3, 7–6(4), 6–0
Runner-up 1978 Wimbledon (3) Grass Björn Borg 6–2, 6–2, 6–3
Winner 1978 US Open (3) Hard Björn Borg 6–4, 6–2, 6–2
Winner 1982 Wimbledon (2) Grass John McEnroe 3–6, 6–3, 6–7(2), 7–6(5), 6–4
Winner 1982 US Open (4) Hard Ivan Lendl 6–3, 6–2, 4–6, 6–4
Winner 1983 US Open (5) Hard Ivan Lendl 6–3, 6–7(2), 7–5, 6–0
Runner-up 1984 Wimbledon (4) Grass John McEnroe 6–1, 6–1, 6–2

Doubles: 3 finals (2 titles, 1 runner-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1973 French Open Clay Ilie Năstase John Newcombe
Tom Okker
6–1, 3–6, 6–3, 5–7, 6–4
Winner 1973 Wimbledon Grass Ilie Năstase John Cooper 3–6, 6–3, 6–4, 8–9 (3), 6–1
Winner 1975 US Open Clay Ilie Năstase Tom Okker
Marty Riessen
6–4, 7–6

Mixed doubles: 1 final (1 runner-up)

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1974 US Open Grass Chris Evert Pam Teeguarden
Geoff Masters
6–1, 7–6

 

Grand Slam results

  • Australian Open
    • Singles champion: 1974
    • Singles runner-up: 1975
  • French Open
    • Men's Doubles runner-up: 1973 (with Năstase)
  • Wimbledon
    • Singles champion: 1974, 1982
    • Singles runner-up: 1975, 1977, 1978, 1984
    • Men's Doubles champion: 1973 (with Năstase)
  • US Open
    • Singles champion: 1974, 1976, 1978, 1982, 1983
    • Singles runner-up: 1975, 1977
    • Men's Doubles champion: 1975 (with Năstase)
    • Mixed Doubles runner-up: 1974 (with Evert)

Singles performance timeline

Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 Career SR
Australian Open A A A A A A NH A A A A A A 1 / 2
French Open SF QF QF QF SF SF A QF A 2R A 3R 1R 0 / 13
Wimbledon SF SF W 4R F SF 1R SF 4R 2R A 3R 1R 2 / 21
US Open SF SF W W SF SF 3R SF QF QF A SF 2R 5 / 22
Grand Slam SR 0 / 3 0 / 3 2 / 3 1 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 2 0 / 3 0 / 0 0 / 3 0 / 3 8 / 58
The Masters SF RR SF SF SF A A RR A A A A A 1 / 11
Year End Ranking 3 3 2 3 2 4 8 4 7 14 936 48 84

 


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