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Vince Spadea and Dan Markowitz
306 pages (June 2006); 9.9MB downloadECW Press
; ISBN: 1-55022-729-7
"Spadea chronicles his slog through the 2005 season in a breezy 273 pages. Along the way, he lifts the curtain on a private subculture in which the pecking order among male tennis players is determined by their world ranking and the cup size of the blonde on their arm."
- The Washington Post
Groomed from the age of eight by his obsessive father, Vince Spadea, by most accounts, has been a success. At the start of the 2005 season, 19th seed Spadea was the only over-30 player besides Andre Agassi to be ranked in the top 20 on the world professional tennis circuit.
Now in his 13th professional season, Spadea gives a riveting account of the ultra-competitive and often hilarious world of a pro tennis player. He battles injuries, coaching and agent changes, and a slight from U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe as he continues his improbable climb back up the rankings. Along the way, he considers taking two months off to appear on The Bachelor, practises with a still combative John McEnroe in a New York City tennis club, and prowls L.A. parties with his buddy, comedian Jon Lovitz, trying to pick up actresses like Natalie Portman and jump-start his acting career.
Agassi, Andy Roddick, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Martina Navratilova, Maria Sharapova, Jennifer Capriati, Tim Henman, and Marat Safin are analyzed in more colourful and personal terms than the tennis media has ever provided. In these pages, Spadea breaks the taboo of the "whatever you see, hear, and do here, stays here" locker room mentality.
"Compelling reading. ... Spadea's book takes the reader into the locker room, hotels, restaurants and endless travel on the tour."
- Florida Tennis
"Spadea has [shaken] up the tennis world with his book ... [a] yearlong diary is an everyman's account of what it's like to be on the tour when your name isn't Andre Agassi or Andy Roddick."
- Street And Smiths
"I just picked up Vince Spadea's Break Point and could hardly put it down.... he pulls no punches and -- thanks, I suspect, to the superb work of his collaborator, Dan Markowitz -- has a lot of insight about the existence of a 20-60-ranked pro."
- Sports Illustrated Online
"A life-on-the-road account of the ultra-competitive and often hilarious world of professional tennis. ... An inside-the-locker-room peek at Agassi, A-Rod, Federer and Nadal as Spadea pulls a Jim Bouton and breaks the taboo of the 'whatever you see, hear and do here, stays here' locker room code."
- Inside Tennis