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Brad Gilbert

Brad Gilbert

American tennis coach, former tennis player, and author
Brad Gilbert
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Intro American tennis coach, former tennis player, and author
A.K.A. Bradley Nathaniel Joseph Gilbert
Is Athlete Tennis player Sports coach Tennis coach
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 9 August 1961, Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Age 59 years
Star sign Leo
Residence Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Height: 185 cm
Weight: 79 kg
Foothill College
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Brad Gilbert (born August 9, 1961) is an American tennis coach, a television tennis commentator, an author and former professional tennis player.

Gilbert's career-high singles ranking was world no. 4, which he reached in January 1990. Since retiring from the tour, he has coached several top players, including Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, and Kei Nishikori.

Early life

Gilbert was born on August 9, 1961, in Oakland, California.

He attended Piedmont High School, for which he starred in tennis, despite being 5-feet, 2-inches tall and weighing about 110 pounds, and reaching only 5-foot-7 and 115 pounds by graduation. His father Barry Gilbert was a high school history teacher, and then started a real estate firm.

Later, he graduated from Piedmont High School (California).

Gilber is Jewish.

Playing career


Gilbert played tennis for Foothill College, a junior college in Los Altos Hills, California, from 1980–82, where he was coached by Tom Chivington. During this time, he won the California Junior College Singles Championship and the U.S. Amateur Hardcourt Championship. In 1981, Gilbert became a member of the American Junior Davis Cup team. He 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.

In 1982, he transferred to Pepperdine University, playing for Allen Fox. He became an All-American and reached the finals of the 1982 NCAA Championship, losing to Mike Leach of Michigan 7–5, 6–3.


Gilbert joined the professional tour in 1982 and won his first top-level singles title later that year in Taipei. His first doubles title came at the 1985 Tel Aviv Open, with Ilie Năstase, as he also won the singles championship.

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

Gilbert's most successful year on the tour was 1989, during which he won five singles titles, including Cincinnati, where he beat four future Hall of Famers to claim the title: Pete Sampras, Michael Chang, Boris Becker and Stefan Edberg.

Gilbert's best performances at Grand Slam tournaments were in the Quarterfinals of the 1987 US Open, losing to Jimmy Connors and in the quarterfinals of the 1990 Wimbledon Championships, losing to Boris Becker. He was also runner-up at the inaugural Grand Slam Cup in 1990.

Gilbert was ranked among the top-ten players in the U.S. for nine of his first ten years on the professional tour. His career win-loss record in singles play was 519–288.

Among his upsets of players ranked in the world's top 3 were his defeat of No. 2 Boris Becker, 3–6, 6–3, 6–4, in Cincinnati in 1989, No. 2 Edberg, 7–6, 6–7, 6–4, in Los Angeles in 1991, No. 3 Sampras, 6–3, 6–4, in London in 1992, and No. 3 Jim Courier, 6–4, 6–4, at Memphis in 1994, Edberg, 6–4, 2–6, 7–6, in Cincinnati in 1989, and perhaps most significantly, No. 2 John McEnroe, 5–7, 6–4, 6–1, at the Masters Grand Prix in 1985, which sent McEnroe into his first six-month break from tennis.

Style of play

Unlike many other professional players of his era, Gilbert did not have a major offensive weapon such as an overpowering serve or forehand. His best asset was his ability to keep the ball in play. He hit the ball most often at a slow but accurate pace and was sometimes called a pusher. In his 2002 autobiography, John McEnroe called Gilbert a pusher and claimed that Gilbert had the ability to bring talented players down to his type of game. In addition, McEnroe stated that Gilbert was the most negative person he had ever played tennis against, and he was riled by Gilbert's alleged non-stop tirades against himself while playing.

Gilbert kept an open stance and did not make many turns when at the baseline. This enabled him to control the game through oversight and tempo, despite his defensive style. He built his game around destroying his opponent's rhythm. He forced his opponent into long rallies by hitting the ball high over the net and deep into his opponent's court. If an opponent employed a slow pace, Gilbert attacked decisively, often at the net. He was one of the sport's top strategists as a player. Although he was easy to get along with outside the court, Gilbert was a fierce competitor with a sometimes annoying style of play, focusing on his opponent's weaknesses. Both his style of play and his mental approach brought him wins over the world's top players and kept him near the top 10 for six years.

Davis Cup

Gilbert compiled a 10–5 record in Davis Cup play from 1986–93, with a 7–1 record on hard courts and carpet.


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

ATP career finals

Singles: 40 (20 wins, 20 losses)

Result No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score 
Win 1. 1982 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet (i) Craig Wittus 6–1, 6–4 
Win 2. 1984 Columbus, U.S. Hard Hank Pfister 6–3, 3–6, 6–3 
Loss 1. 1984 San Francisco, U.S. Hard (i) John McEnroe 4–6, 4–6 
Win 3. 1984 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet (i) Wally Masur 6–3, 6–3 
Win 4. 1985 Livingston, U.S. Hard Brian Teacher 7–6, 6–4 
Win 5. 1985 Cleveland, U.S. Hard Brad Drewett 6–3, 6–2 
Loss 2. 1985 Stuttgart Outdoor, Germany Clay Ivan Lendl 4–6, 0–6 
Loss 3. 1985 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard Matt Anger 4–6, 6–3, 3–6, 2–6 
Win 6. 1985 Tel Aviv, Israel Hard Amos Mansdorf 6–3, 6–2 
Win 7. 1986 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i) Stefan Edberg 7–5, 7–6 
Win 8. 1986 Livingston, U.S. Hard Mike Leach 6–2, 6–2 
Win 9. 1986 Tel Aviv, Israel Hard Aaron Krickstein 7–5, 6–2 
Win 10. 1986 Vienna, Austria Hard (i) Karel Nováček 3–6, 6–3, 7–5, 6–0 
Loss 4. 1987 Washington DC., U.S. Hard Ivan Lendl 1–6, 0–6 
Win 11. 1987 Scottsdale, U.S. Hard Eliot Teltscher 6–2, 6–2 
Loss 5. 1987 Tel Aviv, Israel Hard Amos Mansdorf 6–3, 3–6, 4–6 
Loss 6. 1987 Paris Masters, France Carpet (i) Tim Mayotte 6–2, 3–6, 5–7, 7–6, 3–6 
Loss 7. 1987 Johannesburg, South Africa Hard (i) Pat Cash 6–7, 6–4, 6–2, 0–6, 1–6 
Win 12. 1988 Tel Aviv, Israel Hard Aaron Krickstein 4–6, 7–6, 6–2 
Loss 8. 1988 Paris Masters, France Carpet (i) Amos Mansdorf 3–6, 2–6, 3–6 
Win 13. 1989 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i) Johan Kriek 6–2, 6–2, ret. 
Loss 9. 1989 Dallas WCT, U.S. Carpet (i) John McEnroe 3–6, 3–6, 6–7 
Loss 10. 1989 Washington DC., U.S. Hard Tim Mayotte 6–3, 4–6, 5–7 
Win 14. 1989 Stratton Mountain, U.S. Hard Jim Pugh 7–5, 6–0 
Win 15. 1989 Livingston, U.S. Hard Jason Stoltenberg 6–4, 6–4 
Win 16. 1989 Cincinnati Masters, U.S. Hard Stefan Edberg 6–4, 2–6, 7–6 
Win 17. 1989 San Francisco, U.S. Hard (i) Anders Järryd 7–5, 6–2 
Loss 11. 1989 Orlando, U.S. Hard Andre Agassi 2–6, 1–6 
Win 18. 1990 Rotterdam, Netherlands Carpet (i) Jonas Svensson 6–1, 6–3 
Win 19. 1990 Orlando, U.S. Hard Christo van Rensburg 6–2, 6–1 
Loss 12. 1990 Cincinnati Masters, U.S. Hard Stefan Edberg 1–6, 1–6 
Win 20. 1990 Brisbane, Australia Hard Aaron Krickstein 6–3, 6–1 
Loss 13. 1990 Grand Slam Cup, Munich Carpet (i) Pete Sampras 3–6, 4–6, 2–6 
Loss 14. 1991 San Francisco, U.S. Carpet Darren Cahill 2–6, 6–3, 4–6 
Loss 15. 1991 Los Angeles, U.S. Hard Pete Sampras 2–6, 7–6, 3–6 
Loss 16. 1991 Sydney Indoor, Australia Hard (i) Stefan Edberg 2–6, 2–6, 2–6 
Loss 17. 1992 Scottsdale, U.S. Hard Stefano Pescosolido 0–6, 6–1, 4–6 
Loss 18. 1993 San Francisco, U.S. Hard (i) Andre Agassi 2–6, 7–6, 2–6 
Loss 19. 1993 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Hard Pete Sampras 2–6, 2–6, 2–6 
Loss 20. 1994 Memphis, U.S. Hard (i) Todd Martin 4–6, 5–7 

Grand Slam singles performance timeline

Tournament198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995SRW–LWin % 
Australian Open 1R 4R 3R NH 3R 3R 1R 1R 0 / 7 6–7 46.2% 
French Open 1R 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R 3R 2R 0 / 8 5–8 38.5% 
Wimbledon 3R 3R 1R 4R 3R 1R QF 3R 3R 2R 2R 0 / 11 19–11 63.3% 
US Open 2R 1R 2R 3R 4R QF 2R 1R 3R 1R 4R 4R 0 / 12 20–12 62.5% 
Win–Loss 0–0 1–1 2–4 6–4 3–4 6–2 8–4 1–1 0–2 6–2 4–4 5–4 6–3 2–2 0–1 0 / 38 50–38 56.8% 
Year-end rankings 282 54 50 23 18 11 13 21 10 19 26 35 76 680  

Halls of Fame

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

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

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.

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

Coaching career

Gilbert retired as a player in 1995. Since 1994, he has been successful as a tennis coach. This success has often been associated with the extraordinary tactical abilities exhibited during his own matches.

Andre Agassi

Gilbert was the coach of Andre Agassi for eight years, from March 1994 until January 2002. Agassi won six of his eight majors when Gilbert was his coach. Agassi described Gilbert as "the greatest coach of all time".

Andy Roddick

On June 3, 2003, Gilbert became the coach of Andy Roddick, who won the 2003 US Open under Gilbert's guidance, as well as clinching the year-end world no. 1 for 2003 and reaching the 2004 Wimbledon final. They parted ways on December 12, 2004.

Andy Murray

On July 26, 2006, Gilbert was announced as taking over the coaching duties of Scottish player Andy Murray. As well as coaching Murray, Gilbert took part, pursuant to a 3-year deal, in other British Lawn Tennis Association programmes, including tennis camps at under-12 and under-14 levels. He also worked with the LTA's network of coaches and its high-performance clubs and academies. On November 14, 2007, after 16 months working together, Gilbert and Murray parted company. By then, Murray had reached a then career-high ranking of no. 8.

Alex Bogdanović

In November 2007 it was announced that Gilbert would work for 20 weeks in 2008 for Britain's Lawn Tennis Association, concentrating mostly on coaching Britain's no. 2, Alex Bogdanović, and others in his age group. Bogdanović said he was "unbelievably excited" at the chance of spending time with Gilbert. Roger Draper, the LTA's chief executive, said: "We have set Brad a new challenge of getting Alex into the top 100 and also 'upskilling' our coaches and inspiring the next generation to follow in Andy's footsteps."

Kei Nishikori

While still being committed to his TV items, in December 2010 it was announced that Gilbert would return to coaching, and partner with Kei Nishikori of Japan for 15 tournaments in the 2011 season. Gilbert's partnership with Nishikori concluded at the end of the 2011 season.

Sam Querrey

In February 2012, it was announced that Gilbert would work with American Sam Querrey on a trial basis in 2012.

Commentator and author

Gilbert now serves as a tennis analyst for ESPN. He is also 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. His second book, co-authored by James Kaplan and entitled I've Got Your Back, was published in 2005.

Personal life

Gilbert is Jewish and resides with his wife Kim in Malibu, California. He has three children Zach, Julian and Zoe.

He owns a tennis shop in downtown San Rafael, California called Brad Gilbert Tennis Nation. He was a close friend of tennis player/Commentator Barry MacKay.

While commentating Andy Murray's third-round match in the 2011 Australian Open for ESPN2, Gilbert mentioned that he lives near the Olympian runner Michael Johnson and that when he was Murray's coach he introduced Johnson and Murray, who did a series of sprints together on a nearby track.

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