From the Publisher
"Roscoe Tanner vividly shares how easy it is to lose ones way in the world of professional sports. I commend him for being so candid with a story that reminds us that no matter where weve been or what weve done, its never too late to seek redemption." Michael Chang, the youngest Grand Slam winner in history at the age of 17
From the Inside Flap
Roscoe Tanner battled Bjorn Borg in the first Breakfast at Wimbledon in 1979, was ranked in the top five in the world, and pocketed millions playing a game he loved. Snapping aces and charging the net, Tanner became famous for a left-handed cannonball serve that blew opponents off the court with ease. His on-court behavior was faultless as well: throughout his tennis career, he was known as a Boy Scout in tennis whites, a straight arrow who thanked the ballboys and tournament volunteers. Following his retirement, however, Tanners life tumbled into a sinkhole of financial disasters and personal destructiona series of double faults and missed opportunities that lasted for two decades. Among the problems were two divorces that emptied his bank accounts, fathering a daughter out of wedlock, and writing a bad check for the purchase of a 32-foot pleasure boat in Florida. While teaching tennis in Germany during the summer of 2003, Tanner was picked up by the local Polizei for extradition to the United States. Imprisonment took away everythinghis freedom, his language, his family, his livelihood, and his self-confidenceand the former tennis stars life came crashing down around his ears. For the first time in a charmed life, Tanner could not smooth talk his way out of trouble as his tennis whites were exchanged for prison blues. In Double Fault, Roscoe Tanner writes in blunt and illuminating fashion about the ups and downs of his life and career and reanimates one of the most colorful and memorable eras in the history of professional tennis. Tanners compelling stories and anecdotes shed light on a world only someone on the inside could describe. From June 18, 2003, to April 19, 2004, Tanner remained behind bars in Karlsruhe, Germany; Tampa Bay, Florida; and Somerset County, New Jersey. In this gripping account, Tanner describes how his life changed forever when he realized that he didnt need money to pay his debtshe needed faith in God. Double Fault is a powerful story of a prodigal in tennis shorts that shows its never too late to turn things around.