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Publisher's Summary

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 out-thinking opponents before, during, and after a match - forcing him or her to play your game. Gilbert's unconventional advice includes:

  • 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

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.

©1993, 2013 Brad Gilbert and Steve Jamison (P)2013 Tantor

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great stuff, must read/listen for serious tennis players. the often overlooked aspects of the game

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should be required reading be fore buying a tennis

you need this if you play tennis and care about the sport. also, a good read for general strategy. lessons have more application than just tennis.

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Great strategy at the highest level of Tennis

that is shared in a way that can help the recreational player to think differently and perform at a much higher level.

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great even if you rarely play.

the Great Book even if you rarely play. If your kids play, this should be a mandatory read overage 12. It works great as an audio especially for the younger kids.

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A must book & audio for anyone how is into tennis!

I loved it. The narrator is perfect. I have read twice the book and now l listen to it wherever l go. l like so much when Brad tell how he lost a match to Connors after he won it.

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A must for all tennis players!

Wish I had read this 40 Yrs ago! Great understanding of the mind game of tennis with a humorous tilt. Interesting and extremely helpful!

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Great Materials for Improving Game in Tennis

This is a great technical material for improving games in tennis, physically and mentally.

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Great for tennis players at all levels!

Not only is it didactical but also entertaining!

The inner game (also a great tennis book) sets your mind in meditation mode, winning ugly sets your mind on winning mode.

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Essential for tennis players

Fantastic mental and trainning tips to improve in tennis game. A must have for either recreational and professional tennis players.

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  • Kennesaw, GA, United States
  • 07-20-15

Fizzles in the second half

The main content of book is worth reading. However after by the first half of the book it became repetitive. I think Brad could have enriched the book by adding more substance and topics from his playing days