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Break Point! The Secret Diary of a Pro Tennis Player Hardcover – July 11, 2006
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Spadea does talk alot about women in his book. He even gives us a hilarious, though not meant to be, analysis of how to sucessfully woe women. He is, however, a tease. Spadea talks of meeting up with "hot" women and even taking them back to his hotel, but he quickly begs off after a little making out and sends the women back where they come from.Read more ›
The book is essentially a diary covering Spadea's experiences on the pro tour throughout 2005. It is organized in chronological format starting with Auckland, New Zealand in January and ending in Los Angeles in November. He spices up the stories with commentary about players, tennis groupies, and officials. I enjoyed reading the roughly 270 pages and finished the book over a weekend.
As a regular fan at some of the professional tennis events (ATP Cincinnati, US Open, etc.), I've seen Spadea's name and recognized him as an above average player. After reading the book, the general sense I have is that he is disappointed that he hasn't been better recognized as a professional tennis player.
While he does have a few idiosyncrasies (e.g., he's proficient at creating rap lyrics), I don't think he's as much of a flake as he wants people to believe. In many ways, he's a good Catholic boy that wanted to have greater fan recognition, but he doesn't have the mind set to be the Dennis Rodman of tennis.
He's an honorable guy that's played professional tennis for over twelve years. He's been very competitive throughout that time, but he's obviously disappointed that he's only been champion at one major tournament.
Postscript: After reading the book, it was quite interesting to see Spadea playing a match in Cincinnati ([...])... he conducted himself just as he described in his book.
Has some interesting stories/dirt on other tour players, but for the most part this book ping pongs back and forth between "I'm really a spoiled brat / No, I'm not / Well, maybe I am." Spadea's intermittent "rap" paragraphs are enough to produce douche chills in even the most ardent Vanilla Ice fans.
As for Vince's tips on how to pick up women.... I guess you can take the boy out of Gavone City, but you can't take the gavone out of the boy. Mamma lucia.
There's not much more to be found. If you think you'll be engrossed by 277 pages of this kind of dysfunction and misery, I suspect no review will change your mind, anyway.
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I've read almost every tennis biography/autobiography/memoir on the market and this one is amazing. The most candid, honest tennis book I've ever read! Must read! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Rhody Brooke
I always enjoyed Vince's style of play because he seemed like a player with average skills yet he played with a whole lot of heart. Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by M. Ranfone
interesting little book. kind of sort of diary on tour life by the player who held the record for most consecutive tour losses. Read morePublished on January 7, 2013 by dave
My teenage sons did not recognize most of the names, so a lot of the book was irrelevant to them. However, if you're an older tennis player who followed the game since the 70's,... Read morePublished on December 28, 2012 by Jay
I got a kick out of reading the other reviews of this book, and agree with many of the comments from many of them--both the good and not so good.Published on November 25, 2012 by John Emory Jr.
I found the book interesting. Some good information about the life on tour. As a tennis lover i find interesting anything about tennis. Read morePublished on October 14, 2011 by Tennis23
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. Read morePublished on September 21, 2011 by BSG
Vince Spadea is the joker who likes to have fun. This book is a great read which is on the lighter side. Read morePublished on December 24, 2010 by Smian