12 Days of PowerShares Series: Jimmy Connors Q&A
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.