Coach, Gauff, Winning Ugly: Everything you always wanted to know about Brad Gilbert (but never had time to find out)

A former world No 4 and best known for his book ‘Winning Ugly’, Brad Gilbert is one of the premier coaches in the game today

Brad Gilbert at the US Open 2023 Brad Gilbert at the US Open 2023 Image Credit: Antoine Couvercelle / Panoramic

Who is Brad Gilbert?

Brad Gilbert is a former professional tennis player from the United States. Gilbert, who is also a commentator on television, is one of the leading coaches in the sport today and is currently working with women’s world No 3 Coco Gauff.

Was Brad Gilbert a top player?

Yes, during his pro career, Gilbert won 20 singles titles and peaked at No 4 in the world rankings in 1990. He also won a bronze medal at the 1988 Olympics and reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon and the US Open.

What is Gilbert’s winning ugly strategy?

As a player, Gilbert did not have any major weapons in his game but he was known for his ability to keep the ball in play and force his opponents into making errors. Later, he used the same strategy in his book ‘Winning Ugly’, which provides tips on how an average player can defeat a more skilled opponent and improve the average player’s mental game.

What was Gilbert’s best performance at the Grand Slams?

Gilbert reached the quarter-final stage at the Slams on two occasions – the first coming in 1987 at the US Open and then at Wimbledon in 1990.

He also reached the fourth round of the Australian Open (1984) and the third round at Roland-Garros (1993).

How many ATP titles did Brad Gilbert win?

Gilbert won 20 ATP singles titles. This included titles in Cleveland (1985), Memphis and Vienna (1986), Scottsdale (1987), Stratton Mountain and Cincinnati (1989), Rotterdam and Brisbane (1990).

He also won three doubles titles on the ATP Tour.

What was Brad GIlbert’s highest ranking?

The American peaked at No 4 in the world rankings in singles in January 1990. In doubles, he was ranked as high as No 18 in 1986.

The Spaniard reached the world No 1 position in September 2003 and became the 21st player to hold the top spot. He was the world’s top-ranked player for a total of eight weeks.

How much prize money did he earn in his career.

As per the ATP Tour website, Gilbert earned $5,507,973 during his career.

Which players has GIlbert coached earlier?

Gilbert rose to primenence as a oach after working with Andre Agassi, who won six of his eight Grand Slam titles while working with Gilbert.

Gilbert also worked with Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, and Kei Nishikori before joining the Coco Gauff camp.

When did Gilbert start coaching Coco Gauff?

Gilbert started working with Coco Gauff in August 2023. The partnership paid immediate dividends with Gauff winning the Washington Open, the Cincinnati Masters and then her first Grand Slam at the 2023 US Open.

Who are in his family?

Gilbert is married. He has his wife, Kim, are based in Malibu, California. The couple have three children—Zach, Julian, and Zoe.

Is Brad Gilbert on social media?

The American is active on X (formerly known as Twitter) where he has more than 169,200 followers. He is also on Instagram where he has more than 10,5000 followers.

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