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Top 10 Jimmy Connors quotes


Jimmy Connors will publish an autobiography next summer. Here are some past remarks from Jimbo:

Connors on how he approached matches: “People don’t seem to understand that it’s damn war out there. Maybe my methods aren’t socially acceptable to some, but it’s what I have to do to survive. I don’t go out there to love my enemy. I go out there to squash him.”

Connors to an umpire who had over-ruled a line call: “Kiss me before you do that to me. You son of a bitch. Get out of the chair. You’re a bum. Get your ass out of the chair. Don’t give me that crap. You’re an abortion.”

Connors on umpires: “I like it better when I could just pull them off their chairs and stick a racket down their throats. Players don’t have one right anymore.”

Connors on having the crowd against him: “I like to have the fans against me. I want to do everything I can to get them against me more. When they’re yelling at me, I really get into the match.”

Connors on the crowd at the US Open: “We are professionals. The crowd must be allowed to participate. New Yorkers want blood.”

Connors on his philosophy: “I take things by the throat and shake them and stand by what I do, right or wrong.”

Connors on his colleagues: “I was in the locker-room recently with five top-10 players. Not one word was said in twenty minutes. As I walked out, I said, ‘It was a pleasure talking with you fellows’.”

Connors on the US Open and Wimbledon: “New Yorkers love it when you spill your guts out there. You spill your guts out at Wimbledon, and they make you stop and clean it up.”

Connors on his schooldays: “I never had time for friends or anything else. I didn’t even know anybody in school. I was too busy. I used to leave class every day at noon to practice tennis.”

Connors to John McEnroe during a changeover: “My son is better behaved than you. I’ll bring him to play you.”