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Spadea issues a threat to the current Top Ten
Vinny "whos-afraida-ya" Spadea has issued a warning to the current crop of Top Ten players to make room for him....or else he'll rap about them.
Spadea Issues Top 10 Guarantee
By Tennis Week
Vince Spadea has a message for Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Marat Safin and other members of the top 10 — make room for me. The 49th-ranked Spadea has guaranteed he will attain his highest career ranking ever — top 10 in the world.
The 31-year-old Spadea, who has registered a 19-21 record on the season, recently began working again with his sport performance psychologist. He now guarantees that mental coaching will help him achieve his highest career ranking ever, top 10 in the world.
"Comebacks are never easy, but they are a part of sports, and I’m quite ready and excited about this new challenge," said Spadea, who owns career wins over Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras. "I will return to my highest ranking ever. I guarantee it!"
Spadea, rarely a stranger to adversity, recovered from the longest losing streak in ATP Tour history, suffering 21 straight losses before resurrecting his career. Spadea claimed his first ATP Tour title in Scottsdale last year. He beat James Blake and Andy Roddick en route to victory. In his comeback, Spadea rose from No. 229 to a career-best No. 18 in the world.
Injuries and adversity returned this year as Spadea dropped to 49 this week even after reaching the final in Newport in July.
"Rather than get discouraged or depressed, it’s a gift that I’m as high as 50 compared to where I was when I began the previous comeback," Spadea declared. "My rise will again be accomplished with help from my sport performance psychologist, John F. Murray, who formerly helped me back from my longest losing streak."
Spadea got the idea of daring to make a public guarantee after thinking about great accomplishments and history.
"Joe Namath guaranteed a Super Bowl victory when no-one believed in him; the 1980 USA Hockey Team truly believed; nobody thought David would slay Goliath," Spadea said. "Even my performance psychologist stuck his neck on the line and lost 64 pounds after he made a public guarantee."
Spadea claims that his public guarantee will help strengthen his resolve and commitment.
"What kind of shape am I in now? Well round is a shape." said Roddick with a laugh. "I had a very detailed retirement plan, and I feel like I've met every aspect of it: a lot of golf, a lot of carbs, a lot of fried food, and some booze, occasionally — I've been completely committed ... The results have shown."
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