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Break Point par [Spadea, Vince, Markowitz, Dan]
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Groomed since the age of eight by his obsessive father, Spadea, by most accounts, has been a success. At the start of the 2005 season, 19th seed Spadea was the only 30+ year old player besides Agassi to be ranked in the top 20 on the world pro circuit. 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. Agassi, Roddick, Federer, Nadal, Navratilova, Sharapova, Henman and Safin are analysedin more colourful and personal terms than the tennis media has ever provided...

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  • Editeur : ECW Press (17 mai 2011)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Eye openning for tennis wannabes 14 octobre 2011
Par Tennis23 - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I found the book interesting. Some good information about the life on tour. As a tennis lover i find interesting anything about tennis. I can not tell you this book is bad by any means though. What a wake up call to all the tennis players trying to make it to the big stage of the pro tour!!!. The way Spadea portrays himself is kind of heartbreaking. Yes, the guy sounds self absorbed sometimes, and with some personal insecurities i would say IMHO, and when that is combined with not performing well, oh my god, is downhill from there. This book tought me that the best way a tennis player needs to approach the journey is working hard but at the same time LEARN how to enjoy the journey, be thankful for whatever you accomplish and be prepared for plan B, of course give your heart and soul out there but understand that sometimes after you do it the results are not always those you dreamed of. I found very sad how somebody that already made it to 18 in the world can find himself so down and depressed. Be ready to work hard but recognize too that the field is brutal and feel blessed anytime you go out there to play the sport you love in the big stages, because guess what? there is a lot of players around the world working hard to get there and they do not land even close!!!!!. VERY IMPORTANT too: if you experiment some succes be very smart about your money and financial future, so whatever happens in the future you can go out hopefully with enough money to finance a plan B in your life doing something you might enjoy maybe not so much as tennis but at least not a job that you totally hate just because you need money to live and eat. I think that is one of the pressures that Spadea faced and that for sure do not help when you are competing at this level.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Rappin Master 19 octobre 2010
Par Rick Spell - Publié sur
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I put off buying this book for some time until I saw Spadea on the Tennis Channel show where they follow him around with his irreverent rapping. I get the vibe and liked it. So, contrary to many reviewers I really liked the book and found it chock full of inside information of life on the tour. But a lot of the inside is the mundane part of the tour life: traveling and hiring & divorcing coaches, hotel accommodations, practice courts and meeting up with other players to practice. While there is not a lot of dishing on fellow players he does discuss quite a few and how they are to play and practice. Agassi comes off great but also a little bad. Blake of course has been mentioned and also Mardy Fish should be in the same sentence. Spadea was the 2nd ranked American but was not selected for Davis Cup when Fish and Blake were selected even though lower ranked players. Spadea, being the confrontational guy he is, discusses this with Captain McEnroe who assures him the best way to play is beat Fish in practice. WHICH HE DOES! Still even on a surface better for his game he is not selected. If you care about representing your country and have grinded your way to the Top 20 after 13 years, wouldn't you be a little upset to be passed by for a younger lower rated "name"?

So, this is a mixed bag. My advice: if you love tennis, don't skip the book. It's entertaining and worth the read and I feel like I know what goes on behind the scenes on the tour. If you want dirt, hey, watch TMZ.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Not bad. 22 septembre 2011
Par BSG - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Experts often say elite sport is 10% ability and 90% mental, and this book confirms it. Spadea comes across as a player racked with self doubt, who can't quite reach his potential. Clearly a player who reaches number 18 in the world and wins an ATP tournament is VERY good, but Spadea is a level below the stars of the game.

The book is in diary form covering 2005, with some biographical details thrown in for good measure. As 2005 turned out to be a very poor year for Spadea, he's done well to make the book as interesting as it is.

But don't be fooled - it's not a "tell all" book. You won't get the dirt on the stars of the game.

Perhaps with hindsight, Spadea's judgement could be questioned a touch. Describing Rafael Nadal, he says if Nadal "can match Courier's four majors, that would be an amazing feat. I don't think he can keep it up for the next three years." At the time of writing this review, Nadal has 10 majors and an Olympic Gold Medal!

We all know how the stars of the game live, this is a decent look at how the rest have to struggle.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting, funny, & kind of sad 31 mai 2009
Par J. England - Publié sur
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Pretty interesting account of a life on tour, but the story is marked but sadness as you see Spadea's game & ranking spiral downward as the book progresses. Also heartbreaking to see how often he was treated as an outsider by the elite tennis establishment. Being overlooked can definitely affect one's game. The most annoying aspect of the book for me was, as a woman, reading Spadea's detailed tips on how to score with women. Did he think only men would read this book? I just rolled my eyes & skimmed past the nonsense. Despite the pursuit, no girl is good enough for him to commit to & he seems decidedly confused about his feelings for women overall. Whatever...getting back to the tennis, I have to give props to anyone who can make it to as high a ranking as he did on tour, with tennis being such a challenging game--even top players make tons of mistakes & have trouble staying focused. So it was nice to read this behind-the-scenes glimpse of a sporting life with a lot of ups & downs. Also, the rapping, fashion, & Hollyweird side stories make it a fun book to read overall.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 fun easy read 7 janvier 2013
Par dave - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
interesting little book. kind of sort of diary on tour life by the player who held the record for most consecutive tour losses. so, right away, you know it's not a look who good i am - don't you wish you could be me reading. vince's humility is endearing and refreshing. unfortunately, it's not close to a behind the scenes look at the sport from an insider. can't recall one time what i read caused me to go, "whoa. would never have guessed that. thanks vince for the inside dope." i do remember thinking frequently, however, vince doesn't practice very long and hard. he repeatedly informs us of his "grueling" 90 minute court workouts. on a 1 - 10, a 5 1/2.
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