Jimmy Connors arrested in confrontation outside a college basketball game

November 22, 2008

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (ChattahBox) — Tennis great Jimmy Connors known for his fiery temperament on the court, was arrested outside the campus arena where UC Santa Barbara and top-ranked North Carolina were playing a basketball game and taken into custody Friday night. The eight-time Grand Slam champion apparently refused to comply with an order to leave the area near the entrance of the Thunderdome following a confrontation, police Sgt. Dan Massey said in a statement.

A police dispatcher said Connors was arrested at the beginning of the game and never made it inside.

A Santa Barbara County jail employee said Connors had not been booked as of early Saturday.

Connors lives in the Santa Barbara area and attends a handful of the Gauchos’ games each season.

Connors was a dominant tennis player through the 1970s holding the #1 ranking for five consecutive years. Over his career he won an Australian Open, two Wimbledon crowns and five U.S. Open titles. He also collected a pair of Grand Slam titles with his doubles partner Ilie Năstase. Earlier this year, he resigned as Andy Roddick’s coach after working together for nearly two years.


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