#3×100《New Book Condition + Autobiography Of Jimmy Connors》JIMMY CONNORS - THE OUTSIDER : A MEMOIR
This New York Times Bestseller in paperback edition is a bran-new book and nicely wrapped with protective book-wrapper. The original new book is sold at usual price RM74.93. Now here Only at RM17. The Outsider is a no-holds-barred memoir by the original bad boy of tennis, Jimmy Connors. 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. 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. 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 defiant as ever. 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. --------------------------------------------------- Review From The Guardian: by Tim Adams Jimmy Connors's uncompromising memoir mirrors the alpha-male spirit of his tennis career Like most great tennis players of the million-dollar era, the career of Jimmy Connors began prenatally. As with Andy Murray, his Grand Slam gene was passed down the maternal line. Connors's grandmother, known as Two-Mom, had been a champion in their native East St Louis in the 1930s; his mother, Gloria, had a few years on the national women's circuit in America after the war, and had subsequently coached film stars in LA. But the real work of those two generations, as this suitably in-your-face memoir reveals, began only when young Jimbo picked up a racket. From as soon as he could walk, Gloria and Two-Mom would fire tennis balls at him on the public courts with full force, in order, as his mother said, to "get his tiger juices flowing". The toddler Connors, grasping his racket with his trademark double fisted grip, would quickly learn how to fire them back just as hard. He had other things going for him as a tennis prodigy: an "ocular motor sensory deficit" meant that he had problems reading, so he needed an arena to compete outside of the classroom. As well as a mother he admits to calling "ten times a day" throughout his life, he had an often absent father, whose approval he craved. And he was, or became, profoundly obsessive compulsive – always bouncing a tennis ball a certain number of times before serving; always pursuing the same pre-match routine; a hand-washer and door-checker (living out of a hotel room was a relief in that respect – only one lock to remember). He unusually married this need for control with a gambler's spirit, a fascination with risk, that became, as he reveals here, an expensive and destructive addiction once he stopped playing (the night after a victory on the seniors tour, he had a habit of blowing his winnings on a single roll of a dice). For a decade or more, though, from the mid-70s to the mid-80s, Connors held all these forces in uneasy balance and used them to fuel an almost incomparable will to prevail on the tennis court. Some rivals from that stellar period – McEnroe, Nastase – had a far greater range of shot than him. Others – Borg, Lendl – were more than a match for his athleticism. But no one ever made winning look quite the rutting alpha-male necessity that Connors made it appear. (It is hard to imagine Roger Federer, for example, simulating sex with a frenzied crowd between points at the US Open at Flushing Meadows, as Jimbo had a habit of doing). His book is mostly written in this testosterone-induced spirit. More than once, for example, he tells his gentle reader to "fuck off". The Outsider has little of the tortured introspection of the best example of the genre, Andre Agassi's Open, or the self-aware wit of McEnroe's Serious. In its place is an examination of a legendary American pugnaciousness, which veers often, authentically, into boorishness or sentimentality. Connors ungallantly – or in the interests of telling it like it was – reveals in passing the terminated pregnancy that led to his splitting from 19-year-old Chris Evert. He recalls his marriage proposal to his slightly long-suffering wife Patti, one of Hugh Hefner's former Playmates of the Year, in the following terms, "Let's go back to the hotel and make a baby." In his eight-time Grand Slam-winning glory days he doesn't appear to have liked himself any more than most other people seemed to. Of course, he'd have us believe that age (he's 60 now, a veteran of three hip replacements) and mortality (his mother's death hit him particularly hard) have made him wiser. But, again of course, he'd do none of it differently. Not the obsession, nor the self-destruction, the pain nor the partying. Not even what he calls the "spontaneous assholery". Particularly not that. ----------------------------------------------------- About the Author Jimmy Connors won a record 109 men's singles titles (and fifteen doubles titles) from 1972 to 1989. He was ranked the world's number-one player for five consecutive years and won a total of ten Grand Slams. In 1998 he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and he is arguably one of the top tennis players of all time. Originally from East St. Louis, he lives in Santa Barbara, California, with his family.
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