Tennis great Jimmy Connors to write memoir

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - A memoir by brash tennis player Jimmy Connors that promises to address his broken engagement to fellow tennis star Chris Evert as well as his rivalry with John McEnroe will be published in 2012, HarperCollins said on Monday.

"A lot has been written about me, my family, my on-court behavior and my off-court life," Connors said in a statement. "This book is going to change that. People may think they know Jimmy Connors. They don't, but they will after they have read my book."

He also promised to address in the memoir his close but complicated relationship with his late mother Gloria, who was a teaching tennis pro who helped her son in the early years of his career.

(Reporting by Christine Kearney, editing by Patricia Reaney)