20 episodes

Brad Gilbert wants to improve your tennis game! Join BG, former coach to Agassi, Roddick, and Murray, as he drops tennis knowledge, before diving into listener driven Q&A sessions. You may even find the explorations into the mental side of the game applicable off the court as well. His son, Zach (aka Buck), will be on hand to keep things from getting out of hand. Please send your questions to winninguglier@gmail.com
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Winning Uglier with Brad Gilbert Brad Gilbert

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    • 4.9 • 51 Ratings

Brad Gilbert wants to improve your tennis game! Join BG, former coach to Agassi, Roddick, and Murray, as he drops tennis knowledge, before diving into listener driven Q&A sessions. You may even find the explorations into the mental side of the game applicable off the court as well. His son, Zach (aka Buck), will be on hand to keep things from getting out of hand. Please send your questions to winninguglier@gmail.com
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    Back into Match Play

    Back into Match Play

    We’re getting back into match play season, and BG has some tips to help you win after a long layoff from competition. We discuss the cornerstones of serve, return, and easy balls, as well as fighting nerves and pacing yourself. We also get to a couple of questions, one about motivating your doubles partner, and the other related to the age-old debate about when to get kids started in tournament play. 
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    • 43 min
    Unexpected Adjustments

    Unexpected Adjustments

    BG is back from the graveyard shift in Bristol and he’s fired up to break down the Aus Open and gloat about his Daily Wager picks. There was a big takeaway in terms of players being adaptable with their strategies and making unexpected adjustments. We talk about Djokovic’s brilliant tactical decision to play more shots down the middle in the final, as well as Osaka settling in after saving match points early in the event. We also take a question that looks back at a peculiar performance by Gael Monfils at the 2016 US Open.
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    • 34 min
    AO Preview - No Excuses

    AO Preview - No Excuses

    Whatup! We’re back with an Aussie Open preview. BG’s already at ESPN HQ in Bristol getting ready to go (and avoiding the incoming blizzard). We talk about players having to make the best with less than ideal preparation. We get into the favorites like Djokovic, Osaka, Rafa, Serena, plus the long-awaited return of Bianca Andreescu. Buck is a little disheveled with BG’s pick to win on the men’s side (hint, he’s from Greece). We also preview the popcorn first round between Shapo and Sinner. And since it’s Super Bowl weekend why not finish off with a little Brady/Mahomes goat talk. 
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    • 46 min
    Goal Setting

    Goal Setting

    We wrap up 2020 with a Q&A heavy episode - big thanks to everyone that has listened in and supported the podcast so far! First BG discusses how he likes to set a series of small goals for the new year. Then we get into questions on finding positivity after an injury, game planning for (and respecting) pushers, preparing for clay, and an Andre vs Fed throwback story. And stay tuned for a surprise guest at the end!
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    • 44 min
    Equipment with Harry Tong

    Equipment with Harry Tong

    Happy Holidays from Winning Uglier! We’ve got a great episode on equipment with Harry Tong. Harry is BG’s long-time shop manager (Brad Gilbert Tennis Nation in Greenbrae, CA) and he has a popular youtube page called Tennis Spin. Harry believes this is the golden age of rackets. We get into some of his favorite new sticks and the reasons for the uptick in quality. We then talk strings, with Harry giving some great intel on tension. And we discuss why there’s no need to fiercely break in a new pair of shoes anymore - a habit that BG can’t break!
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    • 36 min
    Strengths and Weaknesses

    Strengths and Weaknesses

    In this post-thanksgiving episode, we discuss finding the balance between working on both strengths and weaknesses. BG is a big proponent of taking what you do well and making it even better. We also think it's key to avoid fixating on a weakness to the point where it can hinder confidence and derail a practice. Q&A topics include letting a match slip after a flawless first set, and a curious case of a 9-year-old who exclusively likes to hit on the wall. 
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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

RR1973 ,

Advice from the Master…

Love hearing the BEEG and his son talk tennis - all levels can benefit from this podcast. Check it out!

BAMF2U ,

Bummed they dropped this

Was really a good listen that I looked forward to. No content since March

dshousto ,

Harry from Tennis Spin is the Best

Excellent episode with Mr. Tong. I enjoyed all of the topics discussed. I hope to someday visit BG Tennis Nation if in NorCal. This podcast and the TS YouTube channel will have to do for now.

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