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New raw memoir by tennis legend Jimmy Connors is serving up some grand slams about his life on and off the court from his struggles with OCD.
Two problems -- gambling and -- talent at all in his new book and good news he's here joining us right -- eight time Grand Slam winner and author of this book the outsider a memoir.
Jimmy Connors welcome nice to be great to see again.
Going through all this you had a great life growing up -- anything but easy first off.
The role the true role of your mom.
-- certainly my mother gave me everything I mean I wouldn't be sitting here today if it wasn't for her and then given me the opportunity to play tennis and she was a dragon lady issues known as that -- well I -- -- fairly or unfairly I think there's so the -- a lot about that than in.
You know -- that was back in the sixties you got to remember when I first came up and started started winning and though woman's role in that was not right.
You know I remember when you were playing I wound up getting a knockoff version of your fancy racquet now racketeers changed everything everybody had to have that just right.
-- I had no idea that you had a problem with gambling any effect at one point you got a 60000 dollar check and a at a tournament at caesar's what to do with it well.
It didn't quite make.
Get out of there it was a problem and you know was files always looking for something more and I thought I had enough of tennis.
In tennis was was really.
Everything in my life and but you know when you're -- -- some feeling that that you felt that you needed to -- to do more and you won his that.
That non -- feeling in your stomach even -- was just for two or three seconds here and you know just got out of control in mind -- -- And then tennis gave me that that does sometimes it just wasn't enough do you believe did you got the most out of your ability -- did.
Every time I walked out there I did in you get it just left everything out there.
I don't have one what if what -- what do trained harder wonder part of played more I mean I left it all out there we're -- -- where the heart come from the game.
I think it came from the beginning.
Mostly -- I was brought up and then the kind of upbringing that I had being around my of my mother my grandmother my grandfather who was a boxer and the way he taught me and train me to -- -- the jump -- in the lessons learned and you know knowing that it also you know an incident that happened with my mother back when we were kids.
You just kind of said that if if she can go through that and handle that and instilled it up the next day and and play tennis -- -- whether to boys than no plan of five -- is not a big thing it's a little harder for you to get these days after those many years in the -- you've had three hip replacements I have the but you know I've got -- only two guys if nobody I had the metal on metal -- And then -- -- problems that -- out of that and but I'm not the only one there's thousands of people live gone through that and then had to deal with that mr.
Come back playing tennis now and even a little golf which is which is fun so on the move Lima and using sunscreen because you look like you're not getting any old Emma tied and it's all chronicled your days of nasty.
And then stodgy and you have John McEnroe -- It's all there Jay congratulations on the book and you -- so much has been to Aaron and they'd tell it's terrific -- there.
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