He's been called the best in the world at the mental game of tennis. Brad Gilbert's strokes may not be pretty, but looks aren't everything. He has beaten the Tour's biggest names—all by playing his "ugly" game.
Now, in Winning Ugly, Gilbert teaches recreational players how to win more often without necessarily even changing their strokes. The key to success, he says, is to become a better thinking player—to recognize, analyze, and capitalize. That means outthinking opponents before, during, and after a match; forcing him or her to play your game. Gilbert's unconventional advice includes:
Winning Ugly is an invaluable combat manual for the court, and its tips include "some real gems," according to Tennis magazine. Ultimately, Winning Ugly will help you beat players who have been beating you.
- How to identify the seven "Hidden Ad Points," and what to do when they come up
- Six reasons why you should never serve first
- How to beat a lefty, a retriever, a serve-volley player, and other troublesome opponents
- How to keep a lead or stop a match from slipping away
- How to handle psyching and gamesmanship
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"One of the greatest books on approaching the game of tennis. This book teaches you to use your brain to find weaknesses in your opponents games and how to exploit them "
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About the Authors
Brad Gilbert, a former professional tennis player, has coached tennis stars Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, and Kei Nishikori. The recipient of an Olympic Bronze Medal, he has been inducted into several Halls of Fame, including the USTA Northern California Hall of Fame and the Marblehead Boosters Hall of Fame. Gilbert currently works as a tennis analyst for ESPN and is also coauthor of I’ve Got Your Back: Coaching Top Performers from Center Court to the Corner Office. He lives in San Rafael, California, with his wife and their three children.
Steve Jamison is a bestselling author and America’s preeminent authority on the leadership philosophy of UCLA’s legendary coach John Wooden, whose basketball dynasty won ten March Madness national championships. He has collaborated with Wooden on five books, and he was executive producer of the award-winning PBS television special Wooden: Values, Victory, and Peace of Mind. A popular guest columnist and lecturer, Jamison is also coauthor of Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis.
About Charles Constant
Charles Constant is an actor whose professional storytelling career began at the age of thirteen, when he became an Actors’ Equity Association apprentice. An accomplished audiobook narrator, he has recorded many popular titles, including How to Win at the Sport of Business by Mark Cuban.