28 Facts About Brad Gilbert

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Brad Gilbert was born on August 9,1961 and is a former professional tennis player and an American tennis coach.

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Brad Gilbert won a bronze medal at the 1988 Olympics, and both a gold medal and a silver medal at the 1981 Maccabiah Games.

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Brad Gilbert was born on August 9,1961 to a Jewish family in Oakland, California.

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4.

In 1981, Brad Gilbert became a member of the American Junior Davis Cup team.

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Brad Gilbert competed for the US in the 1981 Maccabiah Games in Israel, losing in the men's singles finals to Israeli Shlomo Glickstein, but winning a gold medal in doubles with Jon Levine over fellow Americans Rick Meyer and Paul Bernstein.

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6.

Brad Gilbert joined the professional tour in 1982 and won his first top-level singles title later that year in Taipei.

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Brad Gilbert won a total of 20 top-level singles titles during his career, the biggest being the Cincinnati Masters tournament in 1989.

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Brad Gilbert was runner-up in a further 20 singles events, including Cincinnati in 1990, where he lost to six-time Grand Slam champion Stefan Edberg, and the Paris Masters in 1987 and 1988.

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9.

Brad Gilbert was runner-up at the inaugural Grand Slam Cup in 1990.

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10.

Brad Gilbert was ranked among the top-ten players in the US for nine of his first ten years on the professional tour.

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11.

Unlike many other professional players of his era, Brad Gilbert did not have a major offensive weapon such as an overpowering serve or forehand.

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12.

Brad Gilbert hit the ball most often at a slow but accurate pace and was sometimes called a pusher.

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13.

Brad Gilbert kept an open stance and did not make many turns when at the baseline.

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14.

Brad Gilbert built his game around destroying his opponent's rhythm.

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15.

Brad Gilbert forced his opponent into long rallies by hitting the ball high over the net and deep into his opponent's court.

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16.

The title of Brad Gilbert's 1994 nonfiction book, Winning Ugly, was a self-deprecating nod to his unorthodox but successful tennis career.

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17.

Brad Gilbert won a bronze medal in men's singles at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.

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18.

Brad Gilbert is a member of the USTA Northern California Hall of Fame, and the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

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19.

Brad Gilbert is a 1999 inductee into the Pepperdine Athletics Hall of Fame.

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20.

Brad Gilbert was inducted in 2001 into the ITA Intercollegiate Tennis Hall of Fame, and in 1996 into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

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21.

Brad Gilbert was a 2001 inductee into the Marblehead Boosters Hall of Fame.

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22.

Brad Gilbert was the coach of Andre Agassi for eight years, from March 1994 until January 2002.

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23.

On July 26,2006, Brad Gilbert was announced as taking over the coaching duties of Scottish player Andy Murray.

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24.

Brad Gilbert worked with the LTA's network of coaches and its high-performance clubs and academies.

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25.

Brad Gilbert is the author of the book Winning Ugly, which gives tips on how an average player can defeat a more skilled opponent and better the average player's mental game.

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26.

Brad Gilbert is Jewish and resides with his wife Kim in Malibu, California.

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27.

Brad Gilbert owns a tennis shop in downtown San Rafael, California called Brad Gilbert Tennis Nation.

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28.

Brad Gilbert was a close friend of tennis player and commentator Barry MacKay.

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