Rob Price
Gutbrain Records
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2014 April 30 • Wednesday

Brad Gilbert's Winning Ugly was good enough that I read this other book of his, I've Got Your Back.

Winning Ugly was mostly practical tennis advice for tennis players. I've Got Your Back is also a tennis book but more about Gilbert's history as a young player and, later, as a coach to Andre Agassi and Andy Roddick.

There's a message throughout on the importance of positivity, humility and persistence and it's backed up with numerous examples from Gilbert's experiences. There's a give and take between the coach and the player. Gilbert makes Agassi wake up early, Agassi makes Gilbert be polite to the people working at the courts.

Very entertaining and a quick read, and pretty tennis-specific, I thought, despite the subtitle and the introduction by Joe Kernen.