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Feb 10, 2015 5:01 PM

Jimmy Connors says he's done playing tennis in public

The Associated Press

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) More than 20 years after Jimmy Connors left the tennis tour, he's finally announcing his retirement.

Ahead of a reunion exhibition match against Aaron Krickstein on Tuesday, the 62-year-old Connors said the match would be his last in public because health issues make it difficult for him to play competitively.

Connors has undergone three hip replacements. It's been a few years since his most recent match in public.

The private exhibition against Krickstein was billed as a reunion match of their famous 1991 meeting at the U.S. Open. Connors rallied to win a five-setter on Labor Day on his 39th birthday.


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