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I've Got Your Back: Coaching Top Performers from Center Court to the Corner Office Paperback – May 31, 2005

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Gilbert (Winning Ugly) has enjoyed a successful career as a tennis coach, including coaching the last two U.S. men who ended a year ranked number one in the world, Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick (both of whom provide a foreword), and in this book he tells how he did it: intense loyalty, careful listening, meticulous scouting and doing whatever it took to ensure his player arrived at each match mentally focused on winning. Although Gilbert is considered an excellent technical coach, there is little mention of strokes, grips or tennis strategy in the book. It is an entertaining, behind-the-scenes look at the preparation for a professional tennis match, with only brief attention paid to the match itself and its aftermath. He unsuccessfully tries to stretch the lessons to apply to other sports and business management: full time dedication to bringing a temperamental individual star to peak competitive performance is not transferable to a team sport or a business executive. Moreover, in tennis, the player selects and pays the coach, which makes the relationship different from that of a boss. The book will appeal to tennis fans as an insider's account of the tour, and it will deepen their appreciation for the game that takes place off-court.
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About the Author

Before he became a coach, Brad Gilbert played professional tennis from 1982 to 1995, winning twenty pro titles. In 1989, he was the number 4 ranked player in the world. He is the author of the tennis classic Winning Ugly.

James Kaplan is the coauthor, with John McEnroe, of You Cannot Be Serious. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio Trade (May 31, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591840953
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591840954
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,396,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rick Spell VINE VOICE on December 3, 2004
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Having read and really enjoyed "Winning Ugly" I decided to give this book a try even though I had read a review stating that it was geared toward applying his principals to business. I did not find that to be the case at all. Yes, he did give tennis stories and then close with how that story might apply in other's business life. But what I found in this book is an inside look at a talented coach and his relationship with his player. And given that his players were Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick, it's an interesting story for tennis fans. I've never been a big Andre Agassi fan having watched him tank matches at the tournament at my club as well as some of his early antics. And could we please get the announcers to quit talking about him running up a hill as a statement of his great fitness. However, I do have a great appreciation for his talent. From reading this book I have a greater appreciation of Andre the man. He's grown from an undisciplined talent who was lucky to be in the right place with the right talent to an intelligent quality individual. And in some respects you have to give Brad some credit although Gilbert is not attempting to take any.

Although over 1/2 the book seems to mention Andre, there is quite a bit about Andy. It is interesting to hear him compare their different approaches to tennis and life in general.

Overall, I would recommend this book for any tennis fan. I do not think you will be disappointed. Another must read from Brad Gilbert.
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I read AA's Open, so I was interested in getting more wise input from Brad. This book is a great story, but I was hoping for more of the pithy wisdom remarks that Andre attributed to Brad in Open. I thought Brad's book would be full of them, but it was more story. I did enjoy it though. Brad tells a story well, and it is easy to read. I like his honesty and the way he is humble and thankful. My expectations were different, that's all. Still glad I read it. Thanks for writing it Brad - if you ever read this. Thank you.
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I've Got Your Back by Brad Gilbert is a great book. It was compelling, and well written. Gilbert gives you a look inside the proffesional tennis world that is humurous as well as fascinating. Keep in mind, this is not Winning Ugly 2, it is it's own book with a more personal style. This time instead of Brad Gilbert's technical advice, you get to know Brad Gilbert. I think that that is the best part about the book.

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This was a bit of a disappointment. First, if you were hoping for a coach's principles on leadership in business, go back to the "Business" section of the bookstore. I understand that by targeting the business world Brad can increase his book sales beyond the sports junkies of the world, but in relating his coaching to other life applications, well...he leaves a bit of a gap.

I really enjoyed "Winning Ugly". In fact, as a tennis player, I found it loaded with great tips (and it even improved my game). But this one is loaded with Brad's "good ole days from the tour" drivel that is certainly is out of date and more than a bit tedious.
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I love both books from Brad Guilbert (Winning Ugly and I've Got Your Back).
Interesting inside of the tennis circus coaching.
I read it in two nights.
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