Jimmy Connors, one of only four WTT All-Time All-Stars, signed up for World TeamTennis in 1974. Unfortunately, the ATP and the French Tennis Federation banned Connors from competing in the French Open because he had signed a contract with WTT. Although the ban was infuriating and lawsuit-inducing, Connors could console himself with the fact that he was the Men’s Singles scoring leader for the Baltimore Banners during the 1974 season. Nearly two decades later, he was also at the top of the WTT singles leader board in 1992 and 1993.
The ultimate tennis showman, Jimmy Connors’ personality was the perfect match for WTT, and he thrilled fans who enjoyed his aggressive and determined spirit. Connors was named Rookie of the Year in 1991, and was later honored with the co-Male MVP award in 1993. Despite all this success, Connors’ first WTT Championship did not come until 2001, when the newly revived Philadelphia Freedoms proved their mettle by defeating the Springfield Lasers for the Championship title.