Break Point: The Secret Diary of a Pro Tennis Player

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9781596703247: Break Point: The Secret Diary of a Pro Tennis Player

Spanning 13 professional seasons, this colorful and personal account of one man's life on the grueling pro tennis circuit pulls no punches. As one of only two players over the age of 30 ranked in the top 20 players in the world, Vince Spadea offers an inside perspective on his life as a world-class athlete: 11-month seasons, 68 tournaments, five continents, four court surfaces, and countless hits and misses. Starting at age eight under the tutelage of his demanding father, he climbed the rankings, battling injury, coaching decisions, and snubs from both fans and players. His place in the glamorous and gritty world-class tennis scene gives him much dirt to dish, and all the big names are there--Andy Roddick, Roger Federer, Martina Navratilova, and Jennifer Capriati. Spadea takes shots with John McEnroe at practice, raps with the Williams sisters over email, and trades barbs with Andre Agassi, who once called Spadea a "journeyman." Part memoir and part expose, this equally comic and gripping trip through professional tennis reveals that the game may begin on the court, but it continues far outside the white lines.

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Vince Spadea is a professional tennis player who, at 31, was ranked at #19 worldwide. He lives in Boca Raton, Florida. Dan Markowitz is a journalist, sports writer, and the author of John Starks, a biography of the former New York Knick. He lives in New York City.

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"I believe it's an honest portrayal of ife on the men's tour and that's something the public has never gotten from someone at this level. It's well written, incisive, and Spadea has done a remarkable job of revealing himself, along with some fellow pros, in what I believe is an important piece of work." --Charles Bricker of the Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

"I have read it. It's funny. It's a different look at the tennis circuit - and worth a read!" --John McEnroe

"I just picked up Vince Spadea's Break Point and could hardly put it down." --Jon Wertheim, Sports Illustrated Online (SI.com)

"[I] could hardly put it down." --Sports Illustrated Online (SI.com)

"I believe it's an honest portrayal of ife on the men's tour and that's something the public has never gotten from someone at this level. It's well written, incisive, and Spadea has done a remarkable job of revealing himself, along with some fellow pros, in what I believe is an important piece of work." --Charles Bricker of the Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

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Published by Sports Publishing, Inc. (2008)
ISBN 10: 1596703245 ISBN 13: 9781596703247
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