Jimmy Connors

Birthplace: Belleville, IL


Connors, also known as “Jimbo”, made his international debut in 1970. During his time of attending the University of California Los Angeles, he won the NCAA singles title in 1971. He then turned pro one year later in 1972. He is an American former World No. 1 tennis player.

Career Highlights

-Connors reached the World No.1 ranking for a total of 268 weeks during his career which places him at #3 all-time.

-Connors won eight Grand Slam singles titles and two Grand doubles titles (with llie Nastase) and was the mixed double finalist (with Chris Evert) at the 1974 US Open.

-He won three year-end championship titles including two WCT Finals and one Masters Grand Prix.

-Connors won more matches (1,337) than any other male professional tennis player in the open era. His career win-loss record was 1,337-285 for a winning percentage of .824.

-Connors is the only player to win the US Open on three different surfaces: grass, clay, and hard.

-Connors was also the first male tennis player to win Grand Slam singles titles on three different surfaces: grass (1974), clay (1976), and hard (1978).

-Connors was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Hall of Fame in 1986 and the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998.

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