People: Jul. 19, 1982

When the rains ended at this year's Wimbledon, Jimmy Connors, 29, again had his place in the sun: the legendary grass of Centre Court. In the title match, Connors revived fires of the past to defeat last year's champion, 23-year-old John McEnroe, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4. The triumph marked Connors' first Wimbledon championship since 1974, an eight-year span between victories topped only by Bill Tilden's nine-year hiatus (1921 to 1930). "I was going to do anything not to let this chance slip by," said Connors afterward. "I was going to fight to...

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