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

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Brad Gilbert, Steve Jamison

Narrated By: Charles Constant

Publisher: Tantor Media

Date: June 2013

Duration: 8 hours 32 minutes


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:

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.


  • Paula Thompson

    If you play tennis or just love the game... you will LOVE this book.... I've read it --- while at Indian Wells tennis tournament --- which was fun because Connors was in the stands along with Gilbert and it was a great back story to read about their past matches while watching them coach a new generation. I am a club player and never tire of the insight and easy to use - practical tips - for playing club tennis. This latest version --- on audio --- is awesome!! Definite must read for the tennis lovers!!!!

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