Jimmy Connors' net worth: Career earnings, salary, contracts, endorsements

Jimmy Connors' net worth: Career earnings, salary, contracts, endorsements

Kevin Omuya
updated at October 12, 2023 at 12:21 PM

Jimmy Connors' net worth has always been as remarkable as his tennis career. From thrilling matches on the court to shrewd financial moves off it, Connors has crafted an empire worthy of his legendary status. Take a closer look at the earnings that make up the fortune of the tennis legend, Jimmy Connor.

Jimmy Connors Net Worth
American tennis player Jimmy Connors hits a backhand to compatriot Jim Courier on September 7, 1991, during the Men's US Open semifinals at Flushing Meadow. Photo: John Mottern
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Between July 1974 and August 1977, he held the number one spot for a record-setting 160 consecutive weeks, and he did it eight more times for a career total of 268 weeks. He had a year-end top ten rating for an Open Era record of 16 years, was ranked in the top 10 for almost half of those years, and won 17 Grand Prix Super Series championships.

Jimmy Connors' profile and bio summary



Full name

James Scott Connors


71 years old as of 2023

Date of birth

September 2, 1952

Place of birth

Belleville, Illinois, United States




5'10" (1.78m)




Gloria Connors, James Connors


Patti McGuire


Aubree Connors, Brett Connors


Gloria Connors, Pancho Segura

Grand slams

Eight singles



Net worth

$30 million

Social media


How old is Jimmy Connors?

Jimmy Connors biography
Jimmy Connors of the United States hits a return during the Men's 1991 US Open Tennis Championships circa 1991 at the USTA National Tennis Center in the Queens borough of New York City. Photo: Focus on Sport
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Jimmy Connors (age 71 years old as of 2023) was born on September 2, 1952, in Belleville, Illinois and spent his formative years as a devout Catholic in East St. Louis. His mom and grandma gave him tennis lessons when he was a kid. His first US Championship was in 1961 when he was only nine. His mother eventually brought him to Southern California in 1968 to train with legendary tennis player Pancho Segura.

As an adult, Connors won the Junior Orange Bowl and the Pacific Southwest Open opening round significantly. In 1971, as a freshman at UCLA, he won the NCAA singles championship and was named to the All-American team.

In 1972, Connors turned professional and immediately won the Jacksonville Open. He beat Arthur Ashe for his first major victory the following year in the US Pro Singles tournament.

Jimmy Connors' height and weight

He is 1.78m (5"10") tall and weighs 78 kg (171lbs). The famous tennis star also has brown hair and hazel eyes.

Jimmy Connors' career

Jimmy Connors Career Earnings
Jimmy Connors of the United States holds the trophy for winning the Men's Singles Final match against Ken Rosewall at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship on July 6, 1974, in London, England. Photo: Keystone
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He has earned widespread respect as a top athlete. His first major event win came in 1970 when he eliminated Roy Emerson from the Pacific Southwest Open in the first round in Los Angeles. He was enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles, but dropped out to focus on tennis professionally. In 1972, he joined the professional arena.

It was also about this time that the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) was established, but his refusal to join just added to his anarchic streak. He played and beat Arthur Ashe over five sets in the final US Pro Singles tournament in 1973. His rapid journey to tennis superstardom began with this match.

The year 1974 was a breakthrough one for the young star. He was victorious in the Australian Open, Wimbledon Championships, and the US Open. He was considered the top male tennis player in the world that year. Five times since 1974, he has competed in the US Open final and won three times. His run of success lasted the whole 1980s.

In the 1980 World Championship Tennis (WCT) finals, he beat John McEnroe, the reigning champion and one of the game's most demanding players. He also had to contend with John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, and Bjorn Borg in the 1980s. In the 1982 US Open final, he played against Ivan and won.

In the twilight of his playing days, he transitioned to colour commentary for NBC. He gave analysis during the 1990 and 1991 French Open and Wimbledon. In 2005, 2006, and 2007, he also called the action at Wimbledon.

His first coaching gig was with Andy Roddick at the 2006 Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles. In a similar vein, his autobiography, titled "The Outsider," was released in 2013.

Jimmy Connors' career earnings

The American tennis star Jimmy Connors relied heavily on the tournament prize money as his primary source of income and did rather well for himself due to his success. His total prize money from tournaments is estimated to be $8.6 million.

Jimmy Connors' house

Connors and his family—his wife Patti and their two young kids—call Santa Barbara home. U.S. city of Santa Barbara, located on the coast of central California. The value of his home is around $2.5 million.

Jimmy Connor's significant rivals

Jimmy Connors' major rivals
American tennis player Jimmy Connors pictured holding the Gentlemen's Singles trophy after beating John McEnroe in the final of the Men's Singles tournament on 4th July 1982. Photo: Leo Mason
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Connors faced out against a slew of prominent opponents of varying ages. In the middle to late 1970s, when he was at the height of his powers, Björn Borg posed the greatest threat to him. In addition to Guillermo Vilas and Manuel Orantes, Ilie Năstase was also a major contender. In later years, Connors' main rivals for the number one ATP spot were the younger John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl.

Connors set a record with 109 singles championships, played 1,557 matches, and won 1,274. In addition to his singles success, he competed in a then-record 401 tournaments and won 16 doubles championships. Throughout his Grand Slam Singles career, he advanced to the semifinals no less than 31 times.

He is also the first player in US Open history to win on grass, clay, and hard courts. Connors was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998.

How much is Jimmy Connors worth currently?

He has accumulated a massive fortune over his career. In a similar vein, he acquired an enormous wealth as a coach. The legendary tennis player has a $30 million worth as of October 2023. He was among the top best-paid sportsmen on the Forbes list.

Jimmy Connors' endorsements

The sporting icon inked endorsement contracts with major companies and pocketed good cash. His earnings are likely in the tens of millions of dollars. Jimmy Connors has endorsement deals with several well-known companies, including Nike, Wilson, Reebok, Nestle, Slazenger, and Jet-X.

Famous retired tennis player Jimmy Connors' net worth is reported to be $30 million as of 2023. He formerly held the world no. 1 ranking. The victor remained at the top for an unprecedented 160 straight weeks. Throughout his career, he switched to a different role eight times for 268 weeks.

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Kevin Omuya is a Content Writer with 4 years of experience who joined Sports Brief in 2022. In 2019 he held a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Digital Media from KCA University.