Transworld serves up Connors memoir

Transworld serves up Connors memoir

Transworld has bought UK and Commonwealth rights excluding Canada to a memoir by US tennis legend Jimmy Connors.

Giles Elliott, Transworld senior editor, bought the rights from Maggie Hanbury at the Hanbury Agency. The as yet untitled book will be published by Bantam next year to coincide with June's Wimbledon 2012 tournament.

In a career spanning more than two decades, Connors won eight Grand Slam tournaments and attracted fans through his long running rivalry with John McEnroe, which the British press referred to as "Brat vs Super Brat".

Elliott said: "Jimmy is one of the true legends of sport and transformed the game of tennis . . . In his 24 years as a professional, Jimmy Connors has captivated tennis fans with his aggressive play and colourful life away from the sport. It’s a huge thrill to be publishing what is certain to be one of the most colourful and unflinching autobiographies ever written."

Connors said: “A lot has been written about me, my family, my on-court behaviour and my off-court life. Some of it is true, well, you decide. This book is going to change that.  People may think they know Jimmy Connors . Maybe they do, but now it’s time for me to set the record straight!"