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Living life away from the roar of Centre Court

Updated: April 4, 2005, 9:53 AM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

Once upon a time, the stage was all that mattered to James Scott Connors. The tennis fans, particularly those teeming, raucous New York crowds at the U.S. Open, transformed him, carried him and fueled his passion for winning. So many times, we lived vicariously through him, and he through us.

Today, two months shy of his 49th birthday, Connors seems to have had enough of the game that brought him so much glory. He won a record 109 professional singles titles, including eight Grand Slams, ...

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