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Jimmy Connors says he’s done playing tennis in public

February 11, 2015

BOCA RATON, Florida (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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