Tennis great Jimmy Connors was arrested outside the Thunderdome Friday as the Gauchos hosted top-ranked University of North Carolina.
The eight-time Grand Slam champion was arrested near the entrance to the arena after refusing to leave the area following a confrontation. Additional details concerning the arrest have not yet been made available, but an employee at the Santa Barbara County Jail allegedly said that Connors was booked into the jail but later released.
Connors, a Santa Barbara resident, is known to frequent UCSB basketball games. Connors did not get an opportunity to watch the Gauchos square off against the Tar Heels, however, as he was arrested at the beginning of the game, reports said.
Known for his fiery temperament on the court, Connors was the world’s No. 1 ranked male tennis player for five consecutive years in the 1970s. He currently holds the record for the most career titles and matches won in the U.S. Open era, with 109 career titles and 1,241 match wins.