Connors and Evert were at the top of the tennis world when they dated in the ’70s. He was 22 and she was 19 when they were planning to get married in 1974 before something got in the way.
In his new memoir, “The Outsider,” Connors implies that he impregnated Evert and that she had an abortion. He says the incident led to them calling off their wedding plans.
Evert seems bothered that Connors revealed the story without consulting her.
“In his book, Jimmy Connors has written about a time in our relationship that was very personal and emotionally painful. I am extremely disappointed that he used the book to misrepresent a private matter that took place 40 years ago and made it public, without my knowledge. I hope everyone can understand that I have no further comment,” Evert said in a statement issued through her agent.
It’s quite understandable why Evert would be upset with Connors over the matter. As she said, this all took place over 40 years ago and had been buried in the past. Why would anyone want a secret like that coming up?
Connors is trying to sell his book and knows that a juicy gossip item like that would help him get attention. It was pretty inconsiderate for him to make the revelation without notifying Evert first.
Connors, 60, won eight grand slam singles titles during his playing career. Evert won 18 grand slam singles titles during her career.