Top 29 Jimmy Connors Quotes

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The full name of Jimmy Connors is James Scott Connors, who is a former American tennis player. He was born on September 2, 1952, in East St.

Louis, Illinois, US. He is leading competitors in the 1970s and early 1980s, and he is well known for his unique and aggressive play.

He has won three prominent Open Era men’s singles record with 109 titles, 1274 match wins, and 1557 games. It should be concerned that his won titles include eight majors’ titles, 17 Grand Prix Super Series titles, and three year-end championships.

Later in 1996, he gets retired when he was only 43 years old. Here in this article, I am presenting a few quotes by Jimmy Connors that will help you.

Jimmy Connors quote on family love
Jimmy Connors quote on family love

“It was okay for Wayne Gretzky’s dad, for instance, to give him a hockey stick, or Joe Montana’s dad to give him a football, or Larry Bird’s dad to give him a basketball, but it wasn’t okay for Gloria Connors to give her son a tennis racquet.”― Jimmy Connors

“I think my greatest victory was every time I walked out there, I gave it everything I had. I left everything out there. That’s what I’m most proud of. I can’t go win Wimbledon anymore, so if what I’ve done in the past is not good enough, let it go. Because I’m certainly not sitting around thinking about it.”― Jimmy Connors

“I had true rivalries. Not only did I want to beat my opponent, but I didn’t want to let him up, either. I had a rivalry with Mac, Lendl, Borg. Everybody knew there was tension between us, on court and off. That’s what’s really ingrained in my mind: ‘This is real. This isn’t a soft rivalry.’ There were no hugs and kisses.”― Jimmy Connors

“Rather than viewing a brief relapse back to inactivity as a failure, treat it as a challenge and try to get back on track as soon as possible.”― Jimmy Connors

“Experience is a great advantage. The problem is that when you get the experience, you’re too damned old to do anything about it.”― Jimmy Connors

6th of 29 Jimmy Connors Quotes

“I am not looking to be understood or liked. Like me or not, I don’t care. I am an outsider, that is the way I was brought up.”― Jimmy Connors

“People don’t seem to understand that it’s a damn war out there.”― Jimmy Connors

“Bjorn was a different breed, I threw my best material at him, but he would never smile, but that added to the charm when he played me and Mac. We were going nuts and losing our mind and he was sitting back like he was on a Sunday stroll.”― Jimmy Connors

“New Yorkers love it when you spill your guts out there. Spill your guts at Wimbledon and they make you stop and clean it up.”― Jimmy Connors

“I’ve been kicked in the teeth more times in tennis than the law ought to allow.”― Jimmy Connors

“I hate to lose more than I love to win.”― Jimmy Connors

“Use it or lose it.”― Jimmy Connors

“I would watch Gonzalez play and he mesmerized you. It would be like looking into the flame of a fire. You know you couldn’t take your eyes off him because you never knew what he would do next.”― Jimmy Connors

“I was never part of the crowd.”― Jimmy Connors

Jimmy Connors with his wife
Jimmy Connors with his wife

“Tennis was never work for me, tennis was fun. And the tougher the battle and the longer the match, the more fun I had.”― Jimmy Connors

“For the last five or six years the most important thing in my life has been my family.”― Jimmy Connors

“You have to remember that I played longer than anybody else on the main tour; I played until I was 40, and then played another six years or so on the seniors tour.”― Jimmy Connors

“Every time I went out there I performed the best that I could and it was time to step back and clear my mind.”― Jimmy Connors

“But why should I read what somebody else thinks of my life when I know the real story?”― Jimmy Connors

“From where we lived, to practise in St Louis was an hour-and-a-half drive each way, so that took a lot of the time. So really, our lives just took different paths.”― Jimmy Connors

“No, like I said, my dad was never really part of the tennis. His involvement around what I did with the tennis and with my mom and my grandparents was really not a part of my life.”― Jimmy Connors

“Back in East St. Louis, tennis wasn’t the real thing. If you weren’t playing baseball, basketball, football, you were kind of on the outside.”― Jimmy Connors

“Tennis was always there for me, which was lucky. I would go play baseball, basketball, football, hang with my brother, do whatever, and at the end of the day I’d come back and say, ‘Hey, Mom, would you hit 15 minutes worth of balls with me?’”― Jimmy Connors

“With everything else that would swirl around me when I got involved in it, tennis was my main concern.”― Jimmy Connors

“Playing in front of 25,000 people and millions more on television, and performing and doing what I worked so hard to try to accomplish was, in my opinion, the ultimate. Do I miss it? Of course I do.”― Jimmy Connors

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“I was raised by two women, and that laid the groundwork for the way I treat ’em: with the utmost respect and admiration.”― Jimmy Connors

“There was never anything I wanted to do more than play tennis. Never once walked out there and thought, ‘I wish I was doing something else.’ Not once.”― Jimmy Connors

“I always insist on my jeans being ironed. Is that a problem?”― Jimmy Connors

“Nothing is like being out there and playing and performing and winning – nothing. But to have an interest in the player? The nerves and everything that goes with it? Seeing what he’s learned and how he’s done it? That’s the second best thing to playing. I think.”― Jimmy Connors

Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah
Sanjib Sah is an engineer and content writer passionate about sports and athletics. With a background in engineering and a love for all things active, Sanjib brings a unique perspective to the world of sports writing. Whether he is covering the latest trends in sports technology or sharing tips on improving your game, Sanjib's words are always rooted in a deep appreciation for players' hard work and dedication everywhere. In his free time, you can find him hitting the courts or hitting the trails, always looking for new ways to challenge himself and improve his skills.

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