Tennis legend Jimmy Connors' new memoir, The Outsider, has revealed intimate details about his high-profile relationship with ex-fiancee and fellow tennis great Chris Evert.
Connors and Evert dated in the 1970s and captured the hearts of tennis fans in 1974 when they both won the Wimbledon singles tennis title. The couple was set to be married later that year, but Connors suggests in the memoir that Evert was pregnant and elected to have an abortion.
Connors wrote that he was happy to "let nature take its course and accept responsibility," but he claims that Evert made the decision on her own. Evert, a devout Catholic, was 19 at the time and her tennis career was blossoming.
"Chrissie ... made up her mind that the timing was bad and too much was riding on her future," wrote Connors.
The couple parted ways, and although Connors wrote that he loved Evert, he knew both their careers would ultimately get in the way of their relationship.
"It kept going back to the same old question: Can two number ones exist in the same family?" he wrote.
Connors later married Patti McGuire, his wife of 34 years. They have two children.
Evert has been married and divorced three times, most recently to golfer Greg Norman. She was also married to tennis player John Lloyd and downhill skier Andy Mill, with whom she has three kids.
The Sports Xchange was unable to reach Evert for comment.
Connors' book is scheduled to be released on May 14.