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Jimmy Connors

Artist
Ross Barron Storey, born 1940
Sitter
Jimmy Connors, born 1952
Date
1975
Type
Painting
Medium
Acrylic on canvas board
Dimensions
Canvas Board: 67.6 x 50.2 x 2.5cm (26 5/8 x 19 3/4 x 1")
Frame: 76.2 x 59.1 x 3.8cm (30 x 23 1/4 x 1 1/2")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Restrictions & Rights
© Ross Barron Storey
Object number
NPG.78.TC856
Exhibition Label
When Jimmy Connors burst onto the pro tennis scene in 1972, he quickly shattered the game's time-honored decorum with brash, bad-boy behavior that led Time magazine to dub him "The Hellion of Tennis." But while Connors's court antics and temperamental outbursts proved offensive to many, his skills with a racket were undeniable. Combining quickness, power, and enormous competitive drive with a double-fisted backhand, devastating ground strokes, and a great service return, Connors became the dominant men's singles player of the mid-1970s. Only twenty-one when he won his first U.S. Open championship, he would capture a total of five U.S. Open singles titles between 1974 and 1983, along with two Wimbledon singles crowns. Ranked among the world's top-ten players for sixteen years (1973-88), Connors was still competitive at thirty-nine, when he made it to the semifinals of the 1991 U.S. Open.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Exhibition
Champions
On View
NPG, South Gallery 342 Mezzanine