Connors–McEnroe rivalry

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The Connors–McEnroe rivalry was a series of competitive matches between American tennis players Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe, who played 34-times between 1977 and 1991.[1][2]

Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe played again in the late 1990s and the early 2000s. With regard to their matches, Connors has stated, "Something like that never goes away, especially between Mac and myself...To have carried on this rivalry for so many years, and for you still to be talking about it, must mean that we made our mark somewhere."[3] This rivalry is said to have been one of the most contentious and embittered in all of tennis history.[4][5]

Head to head[edit]

Official Matches (McEnroe 20-14 Connors)[edit]

Legend (McEnroe-Connors)
Grand Slams (6-3)
Masters (2-0)
WCT Finals (2-1)
ATP International Series (10-10)
  • Note: The walkover in the 1985 Chicago final does not count as a win.
Year Tournament Surface Round Winner Score
1977 Wimbledon Grass SF Jimmy Connors 6–3, 6–3, 4–6, 6–4
1977 Boston Clay R32 Jimmy Connors 5–7, 6–2, 7–5
1978 Indianapolis Clay QF Jimmy Connors 3–6, 6–1, 6–1
1978 US Open Hard SF Jimmy Connors 6–2, 6–2, 7–5
1978 Masters, New York City Carpet RR John McEnroe 7–5, 3–0 RET
1979 Pepsi Grand Slam, Boca Raton Clay SF Jimmy Connors 6–3, 6–4
1979 Las Vegas Hard SF Jimmy Connors 7–5, 6–4
1979 WCT Finals, Dallas Carpet SF John McEnroe 6–1, 6–4, 6–4
1979 US Open Hard SF John McEnroe 6–3, 6–3, 7–5
1980 Philadelphia Carpet F Jimmy Connors 6–3, 2–6, 6–3, 3–6, 6–4
1980 Memphis Carpet F John McEnroe 7–6, 7–6
1980 WCT Finals, Dallas Carpet F Jimmy Connors 2–6, 7–6, 6–1, 6–2
1980 Wimbledon Grass SF John McEnroe 6–3, 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
1980 US Open Hard SF John McEnroe 6–4, 5–7, 0–6, 6–3, 7–6
1981 Wembley Carpet F Jimmy Connors 3–6, 2–6, 6–3, 6–4, 6–2
1981 Masters, New York City Carpet RR John McEnroe 6–2, 7–5
1982 Philadelphia Carpet F John McEnroe 6–3, 6–3, 6–1
1982 Queen's Grass F Jimmy Connors 7–5, 6–3
1982 Wimbledon Grass F Jimmy Connors 3–6, 6–3, 6–7, 7–6, 6–4
1982 San Francisco Carpet F John McEnroe 6–1, 6–3
1983 Queen's Grass F Jimmy Connors 6–3, 6–3
1983 Cincinnati Hard SF John McEnroe 6–7, 6–1, 6–4
1983 Wembley Carpet F John McEnroe 7–5, 6–1, 6–4
1984 WCT Finals, Dallas Carpet F John McEnroe 6–1, 6–2, 6–3
1984 Roland Garros Clay SF John McEnroe 7–5, 6–1, 6–2
1984 Queen's Grass SF John McEnroe 6–2, 6–2
1984 Wimbledon Grass F John McEnroe 6–1, 6–1, 6–2
1984 Toronto Hard SF John McEnroe 2–6, 6–2, 6–3
1984 US Open Hard SF John McEnroe 6–4, 4–6, 7–5, 4–6, 6–3
1985 Chicago Carpet F John McEnroe W/O
1985 Montreal Hard SF John McEnroe 6–2, 6–3
1986 San Francisco Carpet F John McEnroe 7–6, 6–3
1987 Montreal Hard QF Jimmy Connors 6–3, 3–6, 6–3
1989 Toulouse Carpet F Jimmy Connors 6–3, 6–3
1991 Basel Indoor Hard SF John McEnroe 6–1, 6–3


Head-to-head tallies[edit]

The following is a breakdown of their head-to-head results:

  • All matches: McEnroe 20–14
  • All finals: McEnroe 8–7
  • Grand Slam finals: Tied 1–1
  • Grand Slam matches: McEnroe 6–3
  • Masters matches: McEnroe 2-0
  • WCT Finals matches: McEnroe 2-1
  • Clay court matches: Connors 3-1
  • Grass court matches: Connors 4-3
  • Hard court matches: McEnroe 6-3
  • Indoor matches: McEnroe 10-4

Invitational Matches (McEnroe 9-6 Connors)[edit]

Year Tournament Surface Round Winner Score
1979 Frejus Carpet F John McEnroe 6-4, 6-3
1979 Aix-en-Provence Carpet 3P John McEnroe 6-4, 6-3
1979 Montpellier Carpet F Jimmy Connors 7-6, 2-6, 7-5
1979 Frankfurt Carpet SF Jimmy Connors 7-5, 6-4
1980 Brussels Carpet SF John McEnroe 6-1, 7-5
1980 Suntory Cup, Tokyo Carpet F Jimmy Connors 7-5, 6-3
1980 Challenge of Champions, Chicago Carpet F John McEnroe 6-2, 6-4, 6-1
1981 Suntory Cup, Tokyo Carpet F Jimmy Connors 6-4, 7-6
1981 Challenge of Champions, Chicago Carpet F Jimmy Connors 6-7, 7-5, 6-7, 7-5, 6-4
1982 Challenge of Champions, Chicago Carpet SF Jimmy Connors 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
1984 Suntory Cup, Tokyo Carpet SF John McEnroe 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
1984 Challenge of Champions, Las Vegas Carpet RR John McEnroe 6-3 4-6 6-2
1987 Challenge of Champions, Atlanta Carpet SF John McEnroe 6-4, 6-4
1988 Challenge of Champions, Atlanta Clay RR John McEnroe 7-5, 6-1
1988 Scottish Grass Court Championships, Edinburgh Grass F John McEnroe 7-6, 7-6

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Connors-McEnroe Head-to-Head". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 2009-06-20. 
  2. ^ "Ten great tennis rivalries". The Independent. July 8, 2008. Retrieved 2010-12-08. John McEnroe v Jimmy Connors. Time span: '77-91 (34 matches) Head to head: McEnroe 20, Connors 14. Grand Slam finals: Two; one win each. Wimbledon: Two finals, 1982, 84; One each. Two fierce personalities who fought like puppies in a sack on the court, and during points in a sporting sense. Fire and fire. And they didn't stop at playing each other when it was a Mac-Jimmy day. They played the umpire, the audience, the ball boys, you name it, in order to get any advantage going. 
  3. ^ John Roberts (1999-09-23). "Tennis: Connors still stirred by rivalry with McEnroe". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  4. ^ Douglas Robson (2007-08-27). "Will the U.S. embrace the Roger-Rafa rivalry at Open?". USAToday. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  5. ^ Tennis Confidential by Paul Fein pg. 98 Paul Fein. Tennis Confidential. Retrieved 2009-06-21.