JIMMY CONNORS

Complete Game Analysis

Date of Birth:

02/09/1952

Birthplace:

02/09/1952

Residence:

Belleville, USA

Height:

5'10'' / 178 cm

Weight:

155 lbs / 70 kg

Last Update:

September 2019

Number of Points Analyzed for this Study:

2337

Jimmy Connors' Strengths

Serve

2 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * First Serve Percentage (70%)
    * 30% fewer Aces/Service Winners than his Rivals on Average
    * Second Serve Won Points (57%)
    * First Serve Won Points (66%)
    * Ratio of Double Faults (6%)
    * Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on First Serve (14%)
    * Ratio of Aces/Service Winners on Second Serve (1%)

Return

5 Stars

Strengths:

    * 70% more Points & 25% fewer Errors with the Return than his Rivals on Average
    * High Ratio of Points with the Forehand & Backhand Return
    * First Serve Return Won Points (36%)
    * Received 12% fewer Aces/Service Winners than Average
    * Second Serve Return Won Points (55%)

Weaknesses:

    * None

Forehand

3 Stars

Strengths:

    * 70% more Points with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average
    * Very high Ratio of Points with the Forehand Cross & Down the Line
    * Won 57% of the Points after playing a Forehand Down the Line
    * Forehand Touch on a short ball or Lob
    * Forehand Pass

Weaknesses:

    * 60% more Errors with the Forehand than his Rivals on Average
    * High Ratio of Errors with the Forehand Cross & Down the Line
    * Low Ratio of Points with the Forehand Inside Out & Inside In
    * Won 48% of the Points after playing 2 Forehands Cross in a row
    * Forehand Drop Shot (not really played)

Backhand

5 Stars

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

    * 70% more Points with the Backhand than his Rivals on Average
    * 15% more Errors with the Backhand than his Rivals on Average
    * Very high Ratio of Points with the Backhand Cross & Down the Line
    * Backhand Drop Shot (20% of points won)
    * Won 57% of the Points after playing a Backhand Down the Line
    * Won 51% of the Points after playing 2 Backhand Cross in a row
    * Backhand Effectiveness on the Service Games
    * Backhand Attack on a short ball
    * Backhand Touch on a short ball

Volley

5 Stars

Strengths:

    * 50% more Points with the Volley than his Rivals on Average
    * Total of Points Won at the Net (41%)
    * Serve & Volley (16% of his total won points won), Chip and Charge (75% of points won)
    * 1-2 Punch Approach (8% of his total won points)
    * Volley Points/Errors Ratio (73%)
    * Baseline Approach (17% of his total points won)

Weaknesses:

    * None

Jimmy Connors' Game Style

Server

Medium-low

Jimmy Connors was dominated with the Serve against the best Servers of his generation. However, when he had to face a rival with an average serve, he could sometimes take a small edge with that shot.

Puncher

Medium-low

Jimmy Connors was much more a Tempo player than a Puncher because of the way he hit the ball (flat) and his court position (close to the baseline). Nonetheless, on slow balls he could easily accelerate the ball but that was also where he could make some unforced errors on the forehand side.

Tempo Player

Very high

Jimmy Connors was a dominant Tempo player. Hitting flat on both side close to the baseline he was generating pace on every possible ball. However, when compared with his rivals, he got a bigger edge with the backhand than the forehand. His return of serve was also outstanding!

Offensive Player

Very high

Jimmy Connors didn't move forward like the server & volleyers of his generation but as a baseline player, he was really Offensive. As soon as he had a chance he would take the ball on the rise on both side and follow his shot to the net. Like that, 23% of his total points won were baseline approaches.

Retriever

Medium-low

Jimmy Connors could Retrieve with Tempo and forced sometimes his opponents' errors. However, we can't say that he was a Retriever because he was far too offensive with the backhand and the forehand.

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