Vince Spadea, Living a Life of Intrigue and Excitement

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  1. bjk

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    http://twitter.com/#!/vincespadea

    Vince Spadea
    Drinking coffee! wow!!!
    8 Aug

    Vince Spadea
    Nothing much is happening!
    8 Aug

    Vince Spadea
    Just hit barnes n noble. exciting times lol
    16 Jun

    Vince Spadea
    Just put something together from ikea. now i need a body cast
    3 May

    Vince Spadea
    I think its just one of those skippy peanut butter sandwiches and reeses pb cup nights .
    26 Apr

    Vince Spadea
    Whats up anybody
    24 Apr
     
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    haha that's mean, just another pro with a lot of time on his hands after retirement.
     
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    The thing is, he's actually very analytical and has interesting things to say. TC or NBC should get him on and have him commentate. He's played all of these guys and Courier + Gilbert haven't. I'd love to see him and Gilbert go at it.
     
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  4. Limpinhitter

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    Vincent Spadea, International Man of Mystery!
     
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  5. accidental

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    is he actually retired now?

    maybe i should use my twitter account to link him to one of Chopin's Spadea V Laver threads and see if we can get him in here to weigh in. lol
     
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    Good stuff. 2009. Funny though.
     
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    What does a guy like Vince do when the tennis career is over and the rap album never materialised?

    He's a funny guy, I wish him the best.
     
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  9. vive le beau jeu !

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    seems he's trying to get the 'worst website' award !!! :D
    http://www.vincespadea.com/
    what a design !!!

    and who wants one of these amazing T-shirts ?! ;)
    (i'm sure it would scare the djoker !)

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    So what are the chances Paris and Vince are hanging out? That "ty" is very poignant.


    Vince Spadea
    @ParisHilton Hey havent seen you since Fred Segal with Kim. Need to talk about the TV show for your clothing and fashion lines. hit me up ty
     
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    Why is he not playing in the Champions tour ??? I am sure he needs the money. I hope he isn't on Welfare.

    Vince did win a tournament in ATP tour so that qualifies him for the champions tour automatically.
     
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    I'm pretty sure you need an invitation.
     
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    You feel sorry for him when he tweets

    "Vince Spadea
    So um...................Whuz up?
    29 August "

    And no one replies!
     
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    the age old dilemma of what an athelet should do after retiring at the age of 35.
     
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    That really is the messiest website I have ever seen!
     
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    Note: If you're one of the multitude of 4.0-5.0 players who can whup Lendl in a challenge match you can skip this post. However, if you're not...

    A lot of you might look at that video and think, "Vince Spadea, former ATP touring pro, hitting on a wall at some schoolyard, all by himself. How sad."

    I look at that video and see great footwork, tiny little steps, always moving, to get into position to hit those smooth, grooved strokes. I took that mental image of that footwork with me when I had a hit with a friend today, and the results were good. Thanks, Vince.

    Love him or hate him, Spadea played with the big boys for many years, and deserves a little respect!
     
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    Tennis did not pass Vince Spadea By......Vince Spadea passed By Tennis

    Vince Spadea does run after tennis ball........Tennis balls run away from Vince Spadea.

    The hell with Rod Laver he is not worthy of Vince Spadea.

    Vince Spadea VS Chuck Norris!
     
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    Vince should start commentating. He is a colorful personality so Im sure he'll be fun in the booth.

    Anything has to be better then some of the commentators be have to listen to during the USO...
     
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    Agreed! I've been playing tennis, and hitting against walls, for over 40 years, and neither I, nor anyone I've ever seen, could keep the ball alternating b/t fh and bh continuously like that. It's not just his footwork, it's also the precision of his hitting - keeping the ball coming back to nearly the same spot over and over. That's impressive. It's obvious he's a World class player in that vid. I was just making light of Chopin's past comments that Spadea was better than a prime Laver.
     
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  20. Limpinhitter

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    ZAGNUT!!!!
     
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    Not really

    The one Courrier runs has slightly less stringent requirements- but Spadea wouldn't qualify for that either.
     
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    The reason he isnt allowed on the senior tours is because Spadea aint a fraid a ya.

    They are affraid of Spadea. Very, very affraid ......and they should be.

    Everyone should be affraid of Vince.
     
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    Read his book, he's very entertaining. I would rather have him in the booth than BG.
     
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    Yep, he's working really hard, because he knows that even post-stroke and at age 73 Laver can still bagel him.
     
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    Was surprised to find out that Vince Spadea had a very nice career as a pro reaching a high of #18 and a win over Federer, Agassi, Roddick etc. Recall he had a sister who was much more touted that he was (forgot her name :)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vince_Spadea

    Saw him along time ago on the satellite tour, had metronome-like consistency on the groundies, but wasn't too impressed by his overall game (no real weapon). Think he grinded it out on the tour long enough to position himself as a top level journeyman.

    Wish him the best in his post-career! :) (sorry, rapping is not his forte')
     
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    Vincent Spadea had two sisters who played tennis, Diana and Luanne.

    Spadea had a career high world ranking of number 18, and his best match victory has to be his 6-1, 7-5, 6-7, 6-3 win over Agassi in the R16 at the 1999 Australian Open.
     
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    I would rather have almost anyone in the booth than BG (except maybe Carillo).
     
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    He just said that(with the exception of the score)...you even quoted him saying it.
     
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    It's not a competition, for goodness sakes. I mentioned Spadea's career highest ranking again. So what? I also said the names of Spadea's tennis playing sisters and specifically mentioned Spadea's win over Agassi at the 1999 Australian Open.
     
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    That book was insightful, but also, a bit bizarre and sad in a way. The awkward segues into his "white boy rap," that supposedly impressed Serena Williams (really!), that he should have outgrown 15 years earlier ("Spadea ain't afraid-a-ya" would be an apt exemplar), the advice on how to dress to pick up girls (that he never seemed to go home with because of his putative moral values), and the promising wins in his successful comeback to the top 20 that always seemed to be overshadowed by heartbreaking losses that kept him from achieving his ultimate goal of a top 10 ranking, all combined to make some of the strangest non-fiction reading I've experienced in a long time.
     
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    Its all an act. Vince is a jokester. He is not really like that outside his alter ego. Vince is actually a very nice and down to earth guy. His dad is a real hoot as well.
     
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    Actually Spadea had two sisters, the older one was named Luanne, the younger Diana. They both played tennis at Duke.
     
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    Vince Spadea's career high ranking was 18 and he beat Agassi at the Australian Open in 1999.
     
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    Vince Spadea I really like him! Plus hes made like 5 mil $$!
     
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    Thanks man! You're a real expert! It's like you know everything! :)
     
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    I like Spadea's ATP Tour record---21 straight match losses, set in 2000. Who will break this record? Donald Young? (Sorry, I see Young is improving now....)
     
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    Just ordered his book. He seems like a cool guy.
     
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    I think Courier mention you need to either be in the top 10 in the world rankings or have won a GS to qualify.
     
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    As a matter of fact, Spadea beat Agassi in 4 sets. And he made the top 20 in the rankings. Also, I believe he had tennis playing siblings.
     
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    hahaha that is dirty. Microsoft frontpage first-time use would be my guess.
     
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    Still, someone should really help him clean that up! Yikes!

    More to the point, here's an interesting snapshot from this blog (great read, BTW) from a few years ago...

    Throughout his lengthy career, Spadea has appeared in 52 grand slam tournaments as a singles player, has represented the USA in Davis Cup and in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics and has earned about $4.9 million in prize money. In addition to the aforementioned victories over Agassi and Federer, he has also defeated Pete Sampras, Rafael Nadal, Jim Courier, Gustavo Kuerten, Michael Chang, Patrick Rafter, and Andy Roddick. To date, Spadea has won 309 career matches, one ATP-level singles title, three doubles titles and eight challenger tournaments. Spadea, currently ranked No. 81 in the World, spends time training in Los Angeles, as well as in Boca Raton. Next week in Melbourne, Spadea will start his 2009 season by playing in his 12th Australian Open.

    A career a lot would love to have (had)!

    And I still think that little youtube video of him hitting against a wall is a great tennis lesson, for free, for those with eyes to see!
     
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  42. thor's hammer

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    From Spadea's web site...

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    Spadea The Gladiatea!!
     
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    Vince Spadea ‏ @vincespadea

    grapes explode when you put them in the microwave
     
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    For just $130 you can buy 6 Spadea DVDs.

    vincespadeadvds.com
     
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    I have a feeling Vince is going to be a source of amusement for years to come.
     
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    i always enjoyed watching him at the us open.
     
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    Nice pictures.
     
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