By Vince Spadea
Spanning thirteen specialist seasons, this colourful and private account of 1 man's existence at the grueling seasoned tennis circuit pulls no punches. As one in every of in basic terms avid gamers over the age of 30 ranked within the most sensible 20 avid gamers on this planet, Vince Spadea deals an within standpoint on his lifestyles as a world-class athlete: 11-month seasons, sixty eight tournaments, 5 continents, 4 courtroom surfaces, and numerous hits and misses. beginning at age eight lower than the tutelage of his tough father, he climbed the ratings, scuffling with damage, training judgements, and snubs from either lovers and gamers. His position within the glamorous and gritty world-class tennis scene supplies him a lot dust to dish, and the entire massive names are there—Andy Roddick, Roger Federer, Martina Navratilova, and Jennifer Capriati. Spadea takes photographs with John McEnroe at perform, raps with the Williams sisters over e-mail, and trades barbs with Andre Agassi, who as soon as referred to as Spadea a "journeyman." half memoir and half expos?, this both comedian and gripping journey via specialist tennis finds that the sport might start at the courtroom, however it maintains some distance open air the white traces.
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I don’t make a habit of this — although I do have my stories. Tennis stars aren’t like rock stars, but depending on the player and his personal motivation, whether you want to call them groupies, 17 BreakPoint_FINAL 8/3/06 4:54 PM Page 18 roadies, female acquaintances, or camp followers, there is an overabundance of fond female fans and ample opportunity to score off the court. Back to the match. I am captured in the moment, my moment: shining lights, enthusiastic fans, a full crew of linesmen, new balls, all the water and energy drinks I can stomach, the works.
In tennis, there’s always next week — especially after the first week of the season — and the Open starts in only five days. We will see you in Australia, come on now sailor, you’re not yet a failure, stay positive, Vince, you are still the prince, ever since, you were intense, you climbed up the fence, so stay up, stay up, Spadea about to erupt, so please don’t stop, moving up 43 BreakPoint_FINAL 8/3/06 4:54 PM Page 44 the ladder, girlies are starting to chatter, besides winning, nothing else matters, no dream of mine will be shattered, scattered, my wallet needs to be fatter, so stay up, stay up, Spadea about to erupt, so please don’t stop, Robby had me walking in the hotel lobby looking for a hobbie, but who will be winning in the end?
He provided me with more artillery and better mechanics. 35 BreakPoint_FINAL 8/3/06 4:54 PM Page 36 Fischer focuses on hitting the ball wide to a certain depth area. He says it’s stupid to miss long, because even if the shot lands in, your opponent will probably be able to return it. You hit winners by taking people off the sides of the court, rather than hitting balls deep toward the baseline. Because Fischer had been a pediatrician and was convicted of child molestation in 1997 — serving three years in a federal penitentiary — we had to practice at the courts in his housing complex in Rolling Hills, because he was still under probation.
Break Point! The Secret Diary of a Pro Tennis Player by Vince Spadea