Vincent Spadea (born July 19, 1974) is a former professional tennis player from the United States.
Spadea, 2009 at Delray Beach International Championships
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Residence||Boca Raton, Florida|
|Born||July 19, 1974|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 18 (February 28, 2005)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||QF (1999)|
|French Open||3R (1999, 2002, 2003)|
|US Open||4R (1995, 1999)|
|Olympic Games||2R (2004)|
|Highest ranking||No. 90 (June 12, 2006)|
He reached a career high tenth position in the ATP Champions Race in April 2003, as well as a career-high 18th ATP ranking in February 2005. He has career prize money earnings of over $5,000,000. Spadea has ATP career singles wins over Roger Federer (1–2 record), Pete Sampras (1–4), Andre Agassi (2–4), Rafael Nadal (1–1), Andy Roddick (1–2), Patrick Rafter, Richard Krajicek, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Jim Courier, Michael Chang, Marat Safin, and Gustavo Kuerten. He is one of four players to defeat Federer 6–0 in a set at a main tour tournament, which he did at 1999 Monte Carlo. Spadea represented the United States at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics. Vince was also named twice to the US Davis Cup Team in 2000 (captain John McEnroe) and 2004 (captain Patrick McEnroe).
Spadea has one career ATP singles title and three ATP doubles titles. He also has eleven USTA Challenger Pro singles titles.
At the 1999 Australian Open, Spadea achieved his best performance in a major by reaching the quarterfinals. In the fourth round at that tournament, he defeated the 1995 Australian Open champion, Andre Agassi. Spadea then lost to Tommy Haas in the quarterfinals.
On September 13, 1999, Spadea achieved a top 20 ranking for the first time. However, from October 1999 to June 2000, Spadea suffered a record losing run of 21 losses in a row. His losing streak led the Associated Press to dub him "the Charlie Brown of tennis" . He ended the streak in the first round of 2000 Wimbledon with an opening round 6–3, 6–7, 6–3, 6–7, 9–7 win over 14th seed Greg Rusedski, in a five-set marathon, which lasted for nearly four hours. Spadea's world ranking fell as low as 237 on October 23, 2000.
Working hard on the Challenger Tour after his fall down the rankings, he successfully recovered and eventually won his only career ATP Tour singles title in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he defeated James Blake and Andy Roddick along the way in 2004. He continued his journey back up the world rankings and was back in the top 20 by late 2004, although US Davis Cup captain, Patrick McEnroe, declined to pick Spadea as his second singles player for the 2004 Davis Cup final against Spain, opting instead for the lower ranked Mardy Fish. Spadea achieved his career-high world ranking of 18 in February 2005.
In 2003, Spadea reached the semi-finals of a Masters event for the first time in his career, losing to world No. 1, Lleyton Hewitt. He went on to the Monte Carlo Masters a month later and reached his 2nd semi-finals in a Masters series. This helped him reach a career high position of No. 10 in the ATP Champions Race in April.
In 2006, Spadea published his autobiographical book, Break Point: The Secret Diary of a Pro Tennis Player. Spadea criticized a number of tennis players including James Blake and Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe. He called out McEnroe for picking Mardy Fish ahead of him for the 2004 Davis Cup final where the Americans lost to Spain. Spadea criticized Blake for questionable character during a match where Blake allegedly "trash-talked" him. The book reached the top of the ranks in sports and tennis books during its debut month.
Spadea reached the third round at the 2008 Australian Open. In the first round, he came back from two sets down to defeat former world No. 8, Radek Štěpánek. He closed the season by winning two Challenger titles, in Waco and Calabasas.
Vince had an injury-stricken season in 2009, plagued by an overuse tendonitis arm issue, as well as a lower extremity staph infection. He won only a handful of ATP-level singles matches before the start of the clay-court season, but reached the semifinals of the Carson Challenger.
|Grand Slam (0–0)|
|ATP Masters Series (0–0)|
|ATP Tour (1–4)|
|Loss||1.||May 1998||St. Pölten, Austria||Clay||Marcelo Ríos||2–6, 0–6|
|Loss||2.||Aug 1999||Indianapolis, United States||Hard||Nicolás Lapentti||6–4, 4–6, 4–6|
|Win||3.||Mar 2004||Scottsdale, United States||Hard||Nicolas Kiefer||7–5, 6–7(5–7), 6–3|
|Loss||4.||Sep 2004||Delray Beach, United States||Hard||Ricardo Mello||6–7(2–7), 3–6|
|Loss||5.||Jul 2005||Newport, United States||Grass||Greg Rusedski||6–7(3–7), 6–2, 4–6|
Singles performance timelineEdit
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|ATP Masters Series|
1This event was held in Stockholm through 1994, Essen in 1995, and Stuttgart from 1996 through 2001.
Top 10 winsEdit
|1.||Yevgeny Kafelnikov||7||US Open, New York||Hard||3R||6–2, 6–4, 6–4||80|
|2.||Thomas Enqvist||9||Miami, United States||Hard||2R||6–3, 7–5||90|
|3.||Thomas Enqvist||7||Cincinnati, United States||Hard||2R||6–7(1–7), 6–3, 6–3||95|
|4.||Pat Rafter||4||Miami, United States||Hard||2R||6–3, 7–5||64|
|5.||Petr Korda||3||Toronto, Canada||Hard||2R||5–7, 6–1, 6–4||44|
|6.||Andre Agassi||9||Cincinnati, United States||Hard||2R||6–2, 0–6, 7–6(7–2)||44|
|7.||Richard Krajicek||8||Cincinnati, United States||Hard||3R||6–2, 6–3||44|
|8.||Andre Agassi||6||Australian Open, Melbourne||Hard||4R||6–1, 7–5, 6–7(3–7), 6–3||44|
|9.||Yevgeny Kafelnikov||3||Miami, United States||Hard||2R||6–7(6–8), 7–6(7–4), 6–2||41|
|10.||Karol Kučera||9||Monte Carlo, Monaco||Clay||2R||6–4, 6–3||33|
|11.||Mark Philippoussis||9||Rome, Italy||Clay||1R||7–6(7–2), 4–6, 6–1||27|
|12.||Richard Krajicek||5||French Open, Paris||Clay||2R||6–1, 6–2, 6–4||35|
|13.||Gustavo Kuerten||5||Gstaad, Switzerland||Clay||2R||6–2, 2–6, 7–6(8–6)||29|
|14.||Pete Sampras||1||Indianapolis, United States||Hard||QF||6–4, 3–6, ret.||34|
|15.||Yevgeny Kafelnikov||2||Lyon, France||Carpet (i)||QF||6–2, 3–6, 7–6(7–5)||22|
|16.||Albert Costa||7||Toronto, Canada||Hard||1R||6–3, 6–1||74|
|17.||Andy Roddick||3||Scottsdale, United States||Hard||SF||6–7(5–7), 6–3, 6–4||29|
|18.||Paradorn Srichaphan||10||Miami, United States||Hard||4R||5–7, 6–3, 6–2||36|
|19.||Rainer Schüttler||5||Rome, Italy||Clay||1R||6–2, 2–6, 7–5||34|
|20.||Rainer Schüttler||8||Wimbledon, London||Grass||3R||6–4, 6–2, 6–3||30|
|21.||Tommy Haas||9||Delray Beach, United States||Hard||QF||6–3, 2–6, 6–4||63|
This article includes a list of general references, but it remains largely unverified because it lacks sufficient corresponding inline citations. (February 2008) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
- "Vincent Spadea - News and More". Tennis X. Retrieved March 27, 2011.
- Pantic, Nina (September 26, 2017). "How Battle of the Sexes Made the Tennis Look Real". Baseline. Retrieved September 29, 2017.
- Trollope, Matt (February 12, 2018). "Anatomy of a losing streak". Tennis Smash. Retrieved January 8, 2020.
On the men’s side Donald Young also lost 17 times in a row while Vincent Spadea holds the record with 21 consecutive defeats, which occurred almost 20 years ago.
- Dan Markowitz; Vince Spadea (2008). Break Point: The Secret Diary of a Pro Tennis Player. Champaign, IL: Sports Publishing, Inc. ISBN 1-59670-324-5.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
- Litsky, Frank (August 26, 2008). "Vincent Spadea, Journeyman". The New York Times.
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