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Continue shopping. Item s unavailable for purchase. Please review your cart. You can remove the unavailable item s now or we'll automatically remove it at Checkout. Remove FREE. Unavailable for purchase. Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. Play sample. It's free and yours to keep. Cancel any time. Choose Store. About this title Audio Format. He was the fair-haired boy with the elegant strokes, even when he was still just the son of an immigrant out hustling the members of the private tennis clubs in Las Vegas.
McEnroe's working class blather always struck me as a bit ridiculous, as his dad was an attorney in NYC, and Mac's dream of being the next Eddie Van Halen just another rich kid's wet dream. But Connors earned his street cred the hard way. Connors game was that of the ultimate scrapper. He was relatively short and kind of scrawny, with only a mediocre serve. His best weapon was this flat, two-handed backhand that he'd rocket just inches above the net, leaving little room for error. Nothing that he did was textbook. He had a great forehand return of serve, where he would catch the ball right off the ground, but he learned it playing tennis off the hardwood in a public gym in Belleville, IL.
As for Connors' autobiography, it is a bit hit and miss: A compelling story lies buried within his series of personal digressions and flippant attempts at humor. His telling of his tale makes it hard to separate Connors the combative athlete, changing the game of tennis while flipping the world the bird, from the silly young man drinking Suave Bolla on his Hollywood veranda, dreaming of being a playboy. People forget that Connors seemingly redefined tennis for about five years there in the early 70's, with his unconventional strokes and nasty attitude, until Borg and McEnroe came and restored order to the tennis universe, Borg with his athleticism and Johnny Mac with his incredible shot making.
But for several years, Connors flew around the planet, taking on all rivals in these winner-take-all exhibitions, like a champion boxer, and he rarely lost. It is an era that doesn't fit in easily with our stat obsessed age, and for that reason alone I recommend this book. It is too bad that Jimmy Connors didn't co-author his biography with a writer worthy of the theme. Because, more than Mac's bio, more than even the most excellent "High Strung," Stephen Tignor's look at the rivalries of this era, Connors' bio is the missing puzzle piece, a first-hand look at this most magical time in the game.
Jul 10, Kay rated it really liked it. With Connors you get what you see. This book is no different. If you disliked Connors totally then you will not like this book. He disparages opponents, talks big and skips around a lot. On the other hand, if you want to know what being a kid learning tennis, a pro playing all over the world and a retired sports figure is like then this is a good book. Having been a big fan of tennis in the Connor's era and also living in St.
Louis I was really interested in the story. It did not disappoint me at With Connors you get what you see. It did not disappoint me at all. The writing isn't great but it feels authentic. Connors does dish on some people like Chrissy and holds back on others the girlfriend he had while married he is pretty honest for someone with a big ego.
In a profession like tennis where you are on your own I think big egos are common.
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