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Fiery American tennis star Jimmy Connors won eight Grand Slam singles championships with his powerful two-handed backhand stroke.
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He held the No. 1 ranking for a total of 268 weeks in his career, and at one point was ranked in the top 10 for an amazing 16 consecutive years.
Connors dated American tennis star Chris Evert in the early 1970s, but they called off their engagement in November 1974. Connors later married former Playboy Playmate Patti McGuire, with whom he has two children, Brett and Aubree.
The hard-hitting champion was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998. In January 2007, his beloved mother died at the age of 82.
Connors made waves with the May 2013 release of his autobiography, The Outsider: A Memoir. Among other details, he revealed his battles with obsessive-compulsive disorder and a gambling addiction, as well as accounts of his relationship with Evert.
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