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Jimmy Connors: 12 things I learned from Connors memoir 'The Outsider'

Here are a dozen things I learned from reading "The Outsider: A Memoir," by tennis great Jimmy Connors.

By Ross Atkin, Staff writer

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Tennis star Jimmy Connors and his mother Gloria in Beverly Hills, Calif., April 12, 1978,

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1. Mother knows best

Gloria Connors, Jimmy’s mother, was his handler and coach, a fact that may have seemed odd on the surface and led to some ridicule of Connors as a “momma’s boy,” but Gloria knew her stuff. As a player, she was good enough to have competed at the US National Championships at Forest Hills, in New York City, in 1942 and 1943. She also was a master motivator when it came to pushing Jimmy’s buttons. She never let him practice for more than an hour at a time so that he wouldn’t tire of playing and would be eager for more.

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