James Connors is an American retired world No. 1 tennis player. In 1971, Connors won the NCAA singles title as a Freshman while attending UCLA and attained All-American status. He turned professional in 1972 and won his first tournament, the Jacksonville Open.
He held the top Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) ranking for a then-record 160 consecutive weeks from 1974 to 1977 and a career total of 268 weeks. As of 2020, Connors still holds three prominent Open Era men's singles records: 109 titles, 1,557 matches played, and 1,274 match wins. His titles include eight majors (joint Open Era five US Open titles, two Wimbledon titles, one Australian Open title), three year-end championships, and 17 Grand Prix Super Series titles. In 1974, he became the second man in the Open Era to win three majors in a calendar year, and was not permitted to participate in the fourth, the French Open. In 1982, he won both Wimbledon and the US Open and is considered to be the World-number-one Player for that year, in addition to 1974 and 1976. He retired in 1996 at the age of 43.
On July 24, 2006, at the start of the Countrywide Classic tournament in Los Angeles, American tennis player Andy Roddick announced his partnership with Connors as his coach. In September, 2006 Roddick reached the final of the U.S. Open. On July 24, 2018, LiveWire Ergogenics, Inc. announced that Connors joined the firm as a spokesman and advisor.