Wow, get a load of this!
Tennis legend Jimmy Connors hints in memoir that ex-fiancée Chris Evert got pregnant and had an abortion which ended their relationship
Tennis legend Jimmy Connors strongly hints in his memoir that he and on-court love Chris Evert called off their wedding after she got pregnant and had an abortion.
Connors, who won five U.S. Open Titles, and Evert, who won six, captured the nation's hearts when they dated in the seventies, particularly after they both won the Wimbledon singles in 1974.
It was the same year the-then 22 and 19-year-old were due to get married. But the 60-year-old writes in The Outsider about a situation that arose just weeks before their planned wedding.
'An issue had arisen as a result of youthful passion, and a decision had to be made as a couple. Chrissie called to say she was coming out to LA to take care of the "issue".
'I was perfectly happy to let nature take its course and accept responsibility for what was to come.'
Evert was just 19 at the time and though she was raised as a Catholic, Connors claims it was her idea: 'Chrissie, however, had already made up her mind that the timing was bad and too much was riding on her future. She asked me to handle the details.'
He wrote that his response was: 'Well thanks for letting me know. Since I don’t have any say in the matter, then I guess I am just here to help.'
In his mind, the relationship was over at this point and he realized he was not ready to get married.
'It was a horrible feeling, but I knew it was over. getting married wasn't going to be good for either of us.'
When he told her they were too young and should take a step back, her reply was: 'OK if that's what you think. I've got a match tomorrow. Not a problem.'
And that was it. He said though he loved Evert, he knew both their ambitions would ultimately get in the way of them having a future together.
'It kept going back to the same old question: Can two number ones exist in the same family?' he wrote.
As well as this relationship - and his tennis career - Connors also writes about his struggles with dyslexia, the infidelity that almost ended his marriage with Patti McGuire and a gambling addiction, as well as his on-court battles with some of the biggest names in tennis.
Chris Evert has yet to comment on the allegations.
I have just rebought a copy of the Chrissie biography of 1982, so will need to reread between the lines. I had been planning to post a few excerpts on here, because there are some delicious stabs at the Pinaforned One. Personally, the thing I found hardest to believe in this newspaper article is how bloated Patti Connors is looking now. I would never have recognised her and even now I wonder if there may be a mistake in the caption (perhaps that explains why Jimmy was playing around....)!