Jimmy Connors is an American retired tennis player and one of the greatest players in history. During his storied career, he won eight major titles and 109 singles titles on the ATP Tour. He was also ranked number one for 160 consecutive weeks in his career. Throughout his career, he battled fierce rivals like Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe, and his matches were legendary.
After retiring from professional tennis, Connors became a television commentator. He also took up several charitable endeavors and has used his fame to raise awareness for various issues. He is also a part of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation and was involved in a fundraising campaign for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in 2017.
The book, The Outsider: My Life In And Out Of The Game, details Connors’s wild, yet triumphant life on and off the tennis court. It reveals his childhood struggles with his mother’s strict discipline and his volatile relationships, including his storybook romance with Playboy model Patti McGuire. It also explains his battles with fidelity, gambling addiction, and a series of other problems that nearly derailed his career.
In 1996, Connors played his last match on the ATP Tour and lost to Richey Reneberg. He then turned to business ventures and endorsed products such as Liberto Denim, Reebok Hard Court shoes, and Homedics Thera P Magnetic Wave for pain relief. His net worth is estimated to be about $30 million. However, he has struggled with gambling addiction and claims that he has lost millions of dollars at casinos.