|Jimmy Connors Tells The Press that Too Much Was Made of Serena|
|Friday, September 23, 2011|
|His willingness to speak out, in opposition to the deluge of tennis commentators working overtime to make the incident seem to be the worst happening in tennis and all the headline news negative press, is evidence that Connors owns his own soul, tells it like he sees it; and that is making me a Fan! Keep doing your own thing Man!|
Jimmy Connors tells the Miami Herald that too much was made of Serena Williams berating a chair umpire when she disagreed with a call during the recent U.S. Open final.
“That crowd of 25,000 was begging for something to happen in that match, and at that moment, they got loud and behind Serena. Was it that terrible?” he said. “If that’s terrible, then me and John McEnroe wouldn’t have been in the game very long. We clashed on every point, and sometimes it was pure pandemonium.“ But fans loved it.”
More About The AWESOME Tennis Career of Jimmy Connors Distinctions and Honors
Connors won a male record 109 singles titles. He also won 15 doubles titles (including the men’s doubles titles at Wimbledon in 1973 and the US Open in 1975).
In his 1979 autobiography, Jack Kramer, the long-time tennis promoter and great player himself, ranked Connors as one of the 21 best players of all time.
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 82.4. He played 401 tournaments and through many years it was a record until Fabrice Santoro overcame it in 2008.
Connors was 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 reached the semifinals or better of Grand Slam Men’s Singles events a total of 31 times, an all time record. This achievement is particularly remarkable considering that he entered the Australian Open Men’s Singles only twice and that he did not enter the French Open Men’s Singles for five of his peak career years. Roger Federer holds the record for most consecutive semifinal appearances at these events, but he falls short of Connors’ total career number in this category.
Connors was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998 and Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Hall of Fame.