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  Andre Agassi
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  Marion Bartoli
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  Mary Carillo
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  Lindsay Davenport
  Novak Djokovic
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  Daniela Hantuchova
  Justine Henin
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  John Isner
  Ana Ivanovic
  Jelena Jankovic
  Andrea Jaeger
  Angelique Kerber
  Billie Jean King
  Anna Kournikova
  Amelie Mauresmo
  John McEnroe
  Andrei Medvedev
  Andy Murray
  Rafael Nadal
  Martina Navratilova
  John Newcombe
  Andy Roddick
  Patrick Rafter
  Marat Safin
  Pete Sampras
  Maria Sharapova
  Stan Smith
  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
  Stan Wawrinka
  Mats Wilander
  Serena Williams
  Venus Williams
  Helen Wills

Jimmy Connors Quotes

Jimmy Connors
( Photo credit: Art Seitz ©2010 )

May 21, 2013: "I've been criticized for saying it, but the rivalries are soft. I can only compare it to what I did. To me, they were real, not only on the court but off the court, too. I don't see Mac [John McEnroe] coming up and putting his arm around me and consoling me. Maybe it's because tennis has become such big business, that they're all making their fair share. Back in my day, it was all about the winning. But now, sometimes there are guys who get their success at the end of the year by the size of their bank account, as opposed to the number of titles that they win."
Jimmy Connors, a pugnacious competitor who had no love for his 1970s and 1980s rivals, telling ESPN he's not enamored with men's tennis rivalries today.
September 12, 2012: "It's sad. I know there's other life out there, but there's never ever anything that can replace it. Nothing. No matter what you do, business-wise or whatever, you're just never going to replace that feeling of doing what you've done in front of 25,000 live and hundreds of millions around the world and showcasing your talent. It's the best feeling ever."
Jimmy Connors, telling Sports Illustrated why Andy Roddick reveled in the display of affection US Open spectators showered on him during his farewell match against Juan Martin del Potro.
June 24, 2006: "I can't say that I was my happiest on court, but I felt completely free. Free from family obligations, free from my own torment. In a real sense I was a different person. It was a place where I could not tolerate the idea of being beaten. I psyched myself up into a state where I felt something close to hatred towards my opponent, a state where I detested the idea of someone making his name at the expense of Jimmy Connors. I was in my element on court, measuring myself against someone else. I was not competitive for show. It came from deep within."
Jimmy Connors, telling The Times (UK) about the inner torment that fueled his competitive fire during his storied 21-year pro career.

1999: "The characters like myself, Nastase, McEnroe and Gerulaitis don't exist anymore. When you had the characters, you didn't appreciate them. Now you don't have them and you're begging for them."

- Jimmy Connors

1977: "I hate to lose more than I like to win. I hate to see the happiness on their faces when they beat me."

- Jimmy Connors, after losing to archrival Bjorn Borg

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