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Jimmy Connors - The Outsider! Shocking!
« on: May 03, 2013, 02:22:34 AM »
Tennis legend Jimmy Connors' new memoir, The Outsider, has revealed intimate details about his high-profile relationship with ex-fiancee and fellow tennis great Chris Evert.
Connors and Evert dated in the 1970s and captured the hearts of tennis fans in 1974 when they both won the Wimbledon singles tennis title. The couple was set to be married later that year, but Connors suggests in the memoir that Evert was pregnant and elected to have an abortion.
Connors wrote that he was happy to "let nature take its course and accept responsibility," but he claims that Evert made the decision on her own. Evert, a devout Catholic, was 19 at the time and her tennis career was blossoming.
"Chrissie ... made up her mind that the timing was bad and too much was riding on her future," wrote Connors.
The couple parted ways, and although Connors wrote that he loved Evert, he knew both their careers would ultimately get in the way of their relationship.
"It kept going back to the same old question: Can two number ones exist in the same family?" he wrote.
Connors later married Patti McGuire, his wife of 34 years. They have two children.
Evert has been married and divorced three times, most recently to golfer Greg Norman. She was also married to tennis player John Lloyd and downhill skier Andy Mill, with whom she has three kids.
The Sports Xchange was unable to reach Evert for comment.
Connors' book is scheduled to be released on May 14.


Evert reaction:

Tennis-Evert hurt by Connors' revelations of 'private matter'
ReutersReuters 16 hrs ago...
By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON, May 4 (Reuters) - Tennis great Chris Evert has hit out at her former fiance Jimmy Connors for hinting that their relationship ended in the 1970s after she had an abortion against his wishes.

"In his book, Jimmy Connors has written about a time in our relationship that was very personal and emotionally painful," Evert said in a statement released to Reuters on Saturday through her agent Lawrence Frankopan at StarWing Sports.

"I am extremely disappointed that he used the book to misrepresent a private matter that took place 40 years ago and made it public, without my knowledge. I hope everyone can understand that I have no further comment."

Evert, who won 18 grand slam titles, and eight-times major champion Connors were the golden couple of tennis when they dated during the 1970s. Both won the Wimbledon singles titles in 1974 and were due to get married later that year.

When they called off their wedding, little was known about the reasons behind it.

However, Connors shed light on the issues that led to the breakdown of their relationship in his memoir "The Outsider", extracts of which were quoted in the American media this week.

"An issue had arisen as a result of youthful passion, and a decision had to be made as a couple. Chrissie called to say she was coming out to LA to take care of the 'issue'," Connors wrote in his book.

"I was perfectly happy to let nature take its course and accept responsibility for what was to come."

Evert, raised a Catholic, was 19 at the time.

Connors added in his book: "Chrissie, however, had already made up her mind that the timing was bad and too much was riding on her future. She asked me to handle the details.

He wrote that his response was: "'Well, thanks for letting me know. Since I don't have any say in the matter, then I guess I am just here to help.'

"It was a horrible feeling, but I knew it was over. Getting married wasn't going to be good for either of us."

With Connors deciding they were too young to get married, he wrote that her reply was: "OK if that's what you think. I've got a match tomorrow. Not a problem." (Rerporting by Pritha Sarkar; Editing by Sonia Oxley)
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Re: Jimmy Connors - The Outsider! Shocking!
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2013, 02:26:10 AM »
Devout catholic? Strange thing to say. She obviously wasn't or she'd kept it. If the story is true at all. Interesting read, though.

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Re: Jimmy Connors - The Outsider! Shocking!
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2013, 12:08:33 AM »
Chapter 7 from The Outsiders entitled: Love Game - Summer 1972 - Evert 17, Connors 19 - Connors and Nasty teammates and competitors and friends!
Video Interview with James Connors and excerpts from his book. 


http://espn.go.com/tennis/story/_/id/9269276/jimmy-connors-excerpt-outsider-memoir

The link above takes place a couple of years after Open Era tennis began.  It about him turning pro and how he fill for Chrissie and how he pursue her for a first date, about his mom yelling out the phrase "Come On Jimmy!".  About the him and Nasty and Wimbledon and travels.


Jimmy Connors - The Outsider - Why he stayed away from tennis for such a long time; his views regarding today's tennis players and the game itself!http://espn.go.com/sports/tennis/notebook/_/page/secondservings05142013/tennis-unvarnished-jimmy-connors-back-spotlight-second-servings
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Re: Jimmy Connors - The Outsider! Shocking!
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2013, 12:32:30 AM »
I hope he got Chris's blessing before going public, otherwise he's a total loser. Is he broke? Bad investments? Needs to sell books so many books that he's willing to take Chris down?

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Re: Jimmy Connors - The Outsider! Shocking!
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2013, 06:15:23 AM »
We discussed this on MTF. I think that this is so personal, and I firmly believe that any woman has a choice. Connors feels he 'should've been told/asked by Chris' before she had decided not to have a child with him. She must've had a good reason not to. We don't know her side of the story. Connors is a narcissistic guy. It's simply not fair to put something like this in a book without asking for her consensus. double standards.

some  people threw the Bible at me, saying it's a sin what Evert did. I'm not gonna even go there. it was like 'she killed her baby' and I was like 'It's not a baby it's a fetus' ... it's legal ... anyway, very low from Connors.

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Re: Jimmy Connors - The Outsider! Shocking!
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2013, 07:55:17 AM »
I hope he got Chris's blessing before going public, otherwise he's a total loser. Is he broke? Bad investments? Needs to sell books so many books that he's willing to take Chris down?

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I heard he did not get Evert's blessing beforehand....

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Re: Jimmy Connors - The Outsider! Shocking!
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2013, 02:23:10 AM »
Tennis legend Jimmy Connors' new memoir, The Outsider, has revealed intimate details about his high-profile relationship with ex-fiancee and fellow tennis great Chris Evert.
Connors and Evert dated in the 1970s and captured the hearts of tennis fans in 1974 when they both won the Wimbledon singles tennis title. The couple was set to be married later that year, but Connors suggests in the memoir that Evert was pregnant and elected to have an abortion.
Connors wrote that he was happy to "let nature take its course and accept responsibility," but he claims that Evert made the decision on her own. Evert, a devout Catholic, was 19 at the time and her tennis career was blossoming.
"Chrissie ... made up her mind that the timing was bad and too much was riding on her future," wrote Connors.
The couple parted ways, and although Connors wrote that he loved Evert, he knew both their careers would ultimately get in the way of their relationship.
"It kept going back to the same old question: Can two number ones exist in the same family?" he wrote.
Connors later married Patti McGuire, his wife of 34 years. They have two children.
Evert has been married and divorced three times, most recently to golfer Greg Norman. She was also married to tennis player John Lloyd and downhill skier Andy Mill, with whom she has three kids.
The Sports Xchange was unable to reach Evert for comment.
Connors' book is scheduled to be released on May 14.


Evert reaction:

Tennis-Evert hurt by Connors' revelations of 'private matter'
ReutersReuters 16 hrs ago...
By Pritha Sarkar

LONDON, May 4 (Reuters) - Tennis great Chris Evert has hit out at her former fiance Jimmy Connors for hinting that their relationship ended in the 1970s after she had an abortion against his wishes.

"In his book, Jimmy Connors has written about a time in our relationship that was very personal and emotionally painful," Evert said in a statement released to Reuters on Saturday through her agent Lawrence Frankopan at StarWing Sports.

"I am extremely disappointed that he used the book to misrepresent a private matter that took place 40 years ago and made it public, without my knowledge. I hope everyone can understand that I have no further comment."

Evert, who won 18 grand slam titles, and eight-times major champion Connors were the golden couple of tennis when they dated during the 1970s. Both won the Wimbledon singles titles in 1974 and were due to get married later that year.

When they called off their wedding, little was known about the reasons behind it.

However, Connors shed light on the issues that led to the breakdown of their relationship in his memoir "The Outsider", extracts of which were quoted in the American media this week.

"An issue had arisen as a result of youthful passion, and a decision had to be made as a couple. Chrissie called to say she was coming out to LA to take care of the 'issue'," Connors wrote in his book.

"I was perfectly happy to let nature take its course and accept responsibility for what was to come."

Evert, raised a Catholic, was 19 at the time.

Connors added in his book: "Chrissie, however, had already made up her mind that the timing was bad and too much was riding on her future. She asked me to handle the details.

He wrote that his response was: "'Well, thanks for letting me know. Since I don't have any say in the matter, then I guess I am just here to help.'

"It was a horrible feeling, but I knew it was over. Getting married wasn't going to be good for either of us."

With Connors deciding they were too young to get married, he wrote that her reply was: "OK if that's what you think. I've got a match tomorrow. Not a problem." (Rerporting by Pritha Sarkar; Editing by Sonia Oxley)
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very interesting read..Such things happen with sports stars..

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Re: Jimmy Connors - The Outsider! Shocking!
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2013, 03:56:24 AM »
It's always interesting to see how someone chooses to introduce themselves.

Took a pass on everything topical and dug up this??? 

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