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.