Jimmy Connors

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The 18th hole green and clubhouse ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games at the Kasumigaseki country club in Kawagoe. File photograph: Getty

It seems clear that the Olympic Games loves golf. But does golf pretend to even like the Olympic Games? For everyone, including professionals, the no(...)

 Novak Djokovic kisses the winner’s trophy after beating Italy’s Matteo Berrettini during their men’s singles final at  Wimbledon. Photograph:  Adrian Dennis/AFP

The Big Three now have 20 apiece. It is a development that would have seemed unlikely to Novak Djokovic as he made his way onto the tour in the 2000s (...)

Brooks Koepka’s rivalry with Bryson DeChambeau will be a hot topic at this week’s US Open. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty

Only something as tight-arsed as golf could get into such a flap about two players not liking each other. Even those who couldn’t care less about th(...)

Luxembourg’s Mathias Janisch celebrates scoring the winning goal against Northern Ireland in a World Cup qualifier in 2013. Photograph: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

Winston Churchill claimed “Success consists of going from failure to failure without any loss of enthusiasm”. If true, then Luxembourg deserve to ar(...)

Frances McDormand in the film Nomadland. Photograph: Searchlight Pictures

I predict that the 2021 Oscars will not earn fair comparison with the 1973 Wimbledon Championships. That was the asterisked tournament in which, follo(...)

Germany’s Boris Becker  kisses the  trophy to celebrate  his victory over  South Africa’s Kevin Curren in the 1985 Wimbledon final. Photograph:  Steve Powell/Allsport/Getty Images

As a Bruce Springsteen devotee, it’s likely that Kevin Curren was aware of how lengthy his concerts tend to be, some of them even nudging past the fou(...)

Pete Sampras during his 2000 Wimbledon final win over Pat Rafter - his seventh and final Wimbledon Championship. Photograph: Gary M Prior/Allsport

Hollywood endings are exceedingly rare among even the greatest champions. Muhammad Ali fought 10 more times after the hellfire of Manila left him with(...)

Björn Borg sinks to his knees after winning the 1980 Wimbledon men’s singles final against John McEnroe.  Photograph: Getty Images

An allegiance to Björn Borg in the 1980 Wimbledon men’s singles final came about in circuitous fashion. He wasn’t the primary object of my childhood a(...)

Jimmy Connors reacts during his US Open match against Aaron Krickstein in 1991.

1. Jimmy Connors, 1991 US Open The eight-time Grand Slam winner had already caused a stir at Flushing Meadows before his fourth-round match with the (...)

Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates winning the Dubai Tennis Championships Final against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, his 100th ATP Tour title win. Photograph: Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters

Roger Federer claimed the 100th ATP title of his career by beating 20-year-old Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 6-4 in the final of the Dubai Duty Free T(...)

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