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Jimmy Connors Saved My Life: A Personal Biography Paperback – June 23, 2005

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Jimmy Connors is seldom considered when one discusses the best tennis players ever. Nevertheless, he was the most successful, with an all-time best 109 tournament victories through the 1970s and 1980s. Drucker, a respected tennis journalist, has produced a carefully researched, admiring account of Connors' blue-collar rise through the tennis ranks as shepherded by Gloria, the ultimate tennis mom. Mother and son pushed their way into the aristocratic tennis oligarchy with determination and hard work. Drucker also conveys his emotional connection to Connors at the various points at which the journalist's and star athlete's careers intersected. Connors wasn't always nice, had a temper, and projected a mild paranoia. The chip on his shoulder that carried him out of Belleville, Illinois, and to a number-one world ranking also antagonized the press, his opponents, and the tennis establishment. But it was Connors' determination that inspired Drucker to pursue his career, hence the book's title. Readers will get twice what they expect here: this is not one story but two, and both make compelling reading. Wes Lukowsky
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"...rarely has anyone gotten this close a look at Connors' mental and emotional inner sanctum." -- Charles Brinker in South Florida Sun-Sentinel on December 5, 2004

"ACE TENNIS BOOK OF THE YEAR...This long-overdue biography makes compelling reading." -- Editors of ACE Magazine in ACE Magazine (UK) on December 2004

"This is the first serious and comprehensive look at the fiery Connors and the tennis revolution he led ..." -- Marcos Breton in Sacramento Bee on October 31, 2004 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Robson Books Ltd; Edition Unstated edition (June 23, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861058993
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861058997
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,776,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was pleasantly surprised to find that there is much more to this book than tennis. Drucker's biographical information about Connors is fascinating; even as a tennis fan I really knew very little about him and mostly had only heard of his late career heroics at the U.S. Open.

What I really enjoyed about this book was Drucker's personal story. Although he wasn't directly involved in the professional tennis world (until later on) his book shows that professional sports, and more than that, idols in general, can directly effect our personal lives. As the title indicates, Jimmy Connors impacted Joel Druckers' life in a very real way. As much as I loved the tennis side of the book, the personal interest slant is what kept me reading.

This book is worth your reading time. Thanks Joel Drucker!
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