The tennis classic from Olympic gold medalist and ESPN analyst Brad Gilbert, now featuring a new introduction with tips drawn from the strategies of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, Andy Murray, and more, to help you outthink and outplay your toughest opponents
A former Olympic medalist and now one of ESPN’s most respected analysts, Brad Gilbert shares his timeless tricks and tips, including “some real gems” (Tennis magazine) to help both recreational and professional players improve their game.
In the new introduction to this third edition, Gilbert uses his inside access to analyze current stars such as Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal, showing readers how to beat better players without playing better tennis.
Written with clarity and wit, this classic combat manual for the tennis court has become the bible of tennis instruction books for countless players worldwide.
Gilbert's first coach summed up his play thus: ``No forehand. No backhand. No volley. Weak serve.'' What has carried him to the ranks of the top five in 11 years as a pro is his ability to plan and win the mental game, according to Gilbert, writing with TV producer Jamison. Thus the key line in this instructional book for players at all levels is, ``The mind is a terrible thing to waste and tennis players waste it all the time.'' Gilbert warms up by discussing pre-match thinking, getting the right equipment and overcoming nervousness. Then he presents his advice: try to get an early lead and stretch it; above all, destroy your opponent's game plan, varying your strategy according to the type of player he or she is. Finaly, he analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of the stars. This is not a book for the courtly, but those who don't mind winning ugly will be well served. Photos not seen by PW.