Winning Ugly: Mental Warfare in Tennis--Lessons from a Master

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Simon and Schuster, May 28, 2013 - Sports & Recreation - 224 pages
The tennis classic from Olympic gold medalist and ESPN analyst Brad Gilbert, now featuring a new introduction with tips drawn from the strategies of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Andy Murray, and more, to help you outthink and outplay your toughest opponents

A former Olympic medalist and now one of ESPN’s most respected analysts, Brad Gilbert shares his timeless tricks and tips, including “some real gems” (Tennis magazine) to help both recreational and professional players improve their game.

In the new introduction to this third edition, Gilbert uses his inside access to analyze current stars such as Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal, showing readers how to beat better players without playing better tennis.

Written with clarity and wit, this classic combat manual for the tennis court has become the bible of tennis instruction books for countless players worldwide.
 

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I read this years ago, when I was just starting to get serious about tennis and thought it was a great book. I decided to re-read it now, because I've been promoted into a division with some *really ... Read full review

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Before reading this book I had the talent, but I did not have the head to succeed. Gilbert and Jamison give a play the tools he or she will need t win no matter what the circumstances are. The book ... Read full review

Contents

How Equipment Can Help You Win
23
Stretching for Success
34
Defrost Your Strokes Quick
40
Overcoming PreMatch
47
Grabbing the Early Lead
54
II
67
Destroying Your Opponents Game Plan
80
III
82
Tales From the Tour
163
Connors and McEnroe
165
Lendls Lethal Weapon
182
Breaking the Speed Limit
191
How to Handle Hooking
195
War With Wheaton
198
Tournament Tough All the Time
207
The Road to Number One
212

The Seven Hidden Ad Points
112
Stroke Repair
135
Learning From the Legends
146
Andre Agassi on Winning Ugly
220
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Brad Gilbert is considered by experts to be among the world’s foremost tennis analysts. A former “Giant Killer” on the ATP Tour, his acute observations are now heard worldwide on ESPN. Gilbert has coached Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, and Andy Murray among others. He lives in San Rafael, California, with his wife, Kim, and three children, Zach, Julian, and Zoe. Visit his website at BradGilbertTennis.com.

Steve Jamison collaborated with legendary UCLA coach John Wooden on the national bestseller Wooden on Leadership. He lives in San Francisco, California. Visit his website at SteveJamison.com.

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