People, Apr. 21, 1975

With next week's tennis face-off between U.S. Open Champ Jimmy Connors and Australian John Newcombe

turning into the money match of the year ($250,000 to the winner), the pre-game volleys have already begun. Piqued by hecklers at an earlier tournament, Connors at first offered to buy 536 courtside box seats for his confrontation with Newcombe at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. No, thanks, said hotel officials. Then last week Connors' manager Bill Riordan gave a quick backhand to Golfer Jack Nicklaus, who, Riordan claimed, had labeled such big-money, head-to-head sports contests as "ripoffs...

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