It was nice to catch up on the life of Jimmy Connors (Jimbo, Aug. 30). It seems like only yesterday that SI wrote him off: "Borg had everybody raving by slugging fast flat serves past the late, great Jimmy Connors" (Another Big Mac Attack, Sept. 21, 1981). Connors, of course, won another Wimbledon and a couple more U.S. Opens and competed at a high level for 10 more years, while Borg gave up soon after McEnroe knocked him from his lofty perch. Thanks, Jimmy, for 20 years of great tennis--and entertainment.
Kurt Rutherford, Bel Air, Md.
In Alexander Wolff's otherwise excellent story on Connors, you have allowed a myth to be perpetuated. Referring to Connors's challenge matches in Las Vegas, Wolff wrote that "in 1977 The New York Times revealed that those 'heavyweight' matches, billed as 'winner take all,' had in fact been 'winner take most.'" The Times was not the first to reveal this. I had written in the Feb. 10, 1975, issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, "Laver did not do so badly for a loser in a 'winner-take-all' match; insiders said he went home with about $60,000" (A Two-Armed Bandit Hits the Jackpot). Later, in the May 5, 1975, issue of SI, I wrote, "Despite the fact that CBS advertised the match was 'winner take all,' Newcombe's losing take was in the neighborhood of $300,000" (Jackpot for Jimbo). The Times revelation two years later was not much of a scoop.
Joe Jares, Los Angeles
?SI regrets the error. --Ed.