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<table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="margin-right:15px;" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width:35px;padding-bottom:7px;"> <p> <span style="font-size:small;">By Nick Georgandis</span></p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <!-- Right Floated Image --><img alt="Connors &amp;amp; Evert" src="http://www.tennisnow.com/Files/conners-evert.aspx" style="width: 419px; height: 290px; margin: 5px 10px;" /><span style="margin-top:15px;font-size: small;">(May 3, 2013) --&nbsp;Perhaps hoping to capitalize on the same sort of attention that Andre Agassi garnered for his biting tell-all &quot;Open&quot; in 2010, Jimmy Connors is releasing his own autobiography, &quot;The Outsider&quot; detailing his life on and off the court in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.<br /> <br /> In an excerpt published this week, Connors has turned heads and raised questions with verbage that suggests his 1974 intended marriage to fellow tennis superstar Chris Evert was called off because Evert had an abortion after getting pregnant by Connors.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;An issue had arisen as a result of youthful passion, and a decision had to be made as a couple,&rdquo; Connors writes in an excerpt published in the New York Daily News.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Chrissie called to say she was coming out to LA to take care of the &lsquo;issue.&rsquo; I was perfectly happy to let nature take its course and accept responsibility for what was to come.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Connors goes on to say that Evert, then 19, made the decision to have the abortion without consulting 22-year-old Connors.<br /> <br /> Connors says when he told Evert he felt they should &quot;take a step back&quot; from their intended marriage, she replied, &ldquo;OK, if that&rsquo;s what you think. I&rsquo;ve got a match tomorrow. Not a problem.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> If true, the revelation of a story that has remained a secret between Evert and Connors for 39 years, seems nothing more than a desperate attempt to sell books by Connors, and one that would sully the name of Evert, one of the most likable and well-respected female athletes of any sport in the US.<br /> <br /> The book will be made available to the public on May 14, and according to the press release that accompanies it, will also reveal Connors&#39; feelings on &quot;his famous opponents, including Björn Borg, John McEnroe, Arthur Ashe, Ivan Lendl, and Rod Laver; his irrepressible co-conspirators Ilie Nastase and Vitas Gerulaitis; and his young nemesis Andre Agassi. Connors reveals how his issues with obsessive-compulsive disorder, dyslexia, gambling, and women at various times threatened to derail his career and his long-lasting marriage to Playboy Playmate Patti McGuire.&quot;<br /> <br /> The Outsider is available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes &amp; Noble for $18.69.</span><br /> <br /> <table border="0" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="1" style="margin-right:15px;clear:right;" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width:80px;"> <span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: small;"><em>(Photo Credit: Getty Images)</em></span></span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br />

 

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