1. James Scott Jimmy Connors was born on September 2, 1952 and is an American former world No 1 tennis player.
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9. Jimmy Connors was acquiring a reputation as a maverick in 1972 when he refused to join the newly formed Association of Tennis Professionals, the union that was embraced by most male professional players, in order to play in and dominate a series of smaller tournaments organized by Bill Riordan, his manager.
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10. Jimmy Connors won eight Grand Slam singles championships: five US Opens, two Wimbledons, and one Australian Open.
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18. In 1975, Jimmy Connors won two highly touted "Challenge Matches", both arranged by the Riordan company and televised nationally by CBS Sports from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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19. Jimmy Connors won all three meetings with Rod Laver in tour events.
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23. At the 1989 US Open, Jimmy Connors defeated the third seed, Stefan Edberg, in straight sets in the fourth round and pushed sixth-seeded Andre Agassi to five sets in a quarterfinal.
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29. In Grand Slam Singles events, Jimmy Connors reached the semifinals or better a total of 31 times and the quarterfinals or better a total of 41 times, despite entering the Australian Open Men's Singles only twice and not entering the French Open Men's Singles for five of his peak career years.
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36. In July 2013 former women's world No 1 Maria Sharapova announced on her website that Jimmy Connors was her new coach.
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37. Jimmy Connors was engaged to fellow tennis pro Chris Evert from 1974 to 1975, and they each triumphed in the singles events at the 1974 Wimbledon Championships, a feat labelled "The Lovebird Double" by the media.
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38. On November 21, 2008, Jimmy Connors was arrested outside an NCAA basketball game between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of California at Santa Barbara after refusing to comply with an order to leave an area near the entrance to the stadium.
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