Words matter. These are the best Jimmy Connors Quotes, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.
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?’
With everything else that would swirl around me when I got involved in it, tennis was my main concern.
I always insist on my jeans being ironed. Is that a problem?
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.
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.
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.
Experience is a great advantage. The problem is that when you get the experience, you’re too damned old to do anything about it.
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.
I’ve been kicked in the teeth more times in tennis than the law ought to allow.
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.
I was never part of the crowd.
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.
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.
But why should I read what somebody else thinks of my life when I know the real story?
Tennis was never work for me, tennis was fun. And the tougher the battle and the longer the match, the more fun I had.
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.
I hate to lose more than I love to win.
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.
People don’t seem to understand that it’s a damn war out there.
I was raised by two women, and that laid the groundwork for the way I treat ’em: with the utmost respect and admiration.