12 Days of PowerShares Series: Jimmy Connors Q&A

by: Jimmy Connors December 12, 2013

AP Photo

You already know "The Twelve Days of Christmas"—so we're doing something a little different this year. Throughout December, we'll highlight 12 things about the 2014 PowerShares Series, a competitive tennis circuit featuring legendary icons and world-renowned champions beginning on February 5.

For our third Q&A, we spoke to Hall of Famer Jimmy Connors, the only man to win the U.S. Open on three different surfaces.

TENNIS.com: How do you train to prepare for the PowerShares Series? 

JIMMY CONNORS: Hitting balls a few days a week, keeping cardio up, and keeping fit and being eager.

TENNIS.com: Among PowerShares Series players, who was your toughest opponent during your career and why? 

JIMMY CONNORS: [Pete] Sampras, [Jim] Courier and Mac (John McEnroe), particularly Mac cause we had epic matches. All had parts of their games that caused me trouble, so I had to adapt my style and change my game—that was the fun part, figuring that out.

TENNIS.com: Who are you most looking forward to facing this season?

JIMMY CONNORS: I am looking forward to renewing my rivalries with whomever I play.

TENNIS.com: Most bizarre moment you ever experienced on court? 

JIMMY CONNORS: Having to deal with umpires and linesmen, and that made it exciting.

TENNIS.com: Your best serving tip for recreational players? 

JIMMY CONNORS: GET IT IN!!! Don’t go out there and think you can beat the pro. Listen and do it the right way.

TENNIS.com: If you could have played any other sport professionally, what would you choose? 

JIMMY CONNORS: Curling—every time I see it just mesmerizes me!

For more on the PowerShares Series, including ticket information, go to powersharesseries.com.


More Stories

Kei Nishikori makes winning return from injury at Swiss Indoors

Nishikori defeated Dusan Lajovic, and Marin Cilic topped Mikhail Youzhny. 

Nikoloz Basilashvili upsets second-seeded Tomas Berdych in Vienna

Earlier, Ivo Karlovic hit 16 aces to beat Steve Johnson, 7-6 (5), 6-3. 

Tie Break Tens showed that tennis shouldn't be afraid to experiment

Alternative formats are trying to cut some of the fat from the sport.