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Jimmy Connors

Ross Barron Storey, born 1940
Jimmy Connors, born 1952
Acrylic on canvas board
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")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
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© Ross Barron Storey
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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.
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National Portrait Gallery
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NPG, South Gallery 342 Mezzanine