He writes about his struggles with obsessive-compulsive order, dyslexia, infidelity and a gambling addiction.
He covers his complicated relationships and rivalries with tennis stars Bjorn Borg, Arthur Ashe, John Mc Enroe, Andre Agassi and Vitas Gerulaitis.
But Connors, who was barely 22 at the time, had been harboring deep misgivings about getting married. Connors said he suggested to Evert they “take a step back and think about giving this a little more time.” Connors writes he loved Evert, but tennis — and their ambition — kept getting in the way.
“It kept going back to the same old question: Can two number ones exist in the same family? There was no immediate comment from Team Evert to Connors’ stunning revelation about the fabled romance and its demise.
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Slovakian women’s tennis player Dominika Cibulkova and French ATP player Gael Monfils are dating.“An issue had arisen as a result of youthful passion and a decision had to be made as a couple,” Connors writes in “The Outsider.” Connors said he wanted to “let nature take its course” and accept responsibility “for what was to come.” But Evert, who was raised in a devout Catholic home, made a different call. “Well, thanks for letting me know,” Connors claims he told Evert.“Since I don’t have any say in the matter, then I guess I’m just here to help.” The romance between Connors, the reigning bad boy of tennis, and Evert, who was America’s tennis sweetheart, had played out in public and captured the country’s imagination as both won tournament after tournament.In 1979, Connors wed Playboy Playmate of the Year Patti Mc Guire, whom he calls the love of his life. Connors’ romance with Evert is just one of the highlights of his action-packed 401-page memoir, which chronicles his rise to tennis stardom and his adventures both on and off the court. Louis, Ill., Connors describes how his mom/manager, Gloria, launched him on the road to tennis stardom — and his horror at seeing her being beaten by thugs. He writes of being serenaded by Frank Sinatra and drinking — at age 16 — with Dean Martin.