Grand Slammers Hothouse

In South Florida, tennis champs seem to grow like weeds, thanks to extraordinary coaches like Rick Macci

"I don't know, and I don't care," he says, not in a testy manner but in a way that makes him sound like he doesn't want to be distracted from watching Spencer. "Seeding is what happened yesterday. It means nothing now."

Spencer races to the net, forehands a return across the court, leaving his rival no chance to move there in time. After several games of this onslaught, his foe gives up running after some of the hard returns. Somewhere inside, he has yielded.

Pushy, sometimes-abusive parents are almost legendary in the tennis world.
Colby Katz
Pushy, sometimes-abusive parents are almost legendary in the tennis world.
David and Shelley Wolf uprooted their lives in Chicago to give their son Spencer a shot at tennis fame.
Colby Katz
David and Shelley Wolf uprooted their lives in Chicago to give their son Spencer a shot at tennis fame.

Spencer doesn't let up.

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