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Please help me figure out Brad Gilbert....

Bibberz
06-09-2006, 01:43 AM
He’s not as classy as Drysdale. He’s not as insightful as John McEnroe. He’s nowhere near as cool as Courier. He doesn’t have any neat catchphrases like Patrick McEnroe (God help me, but I love “Dropper!”). He can’t go 30 seconds without comparing tennis matchups to: (American) football or prizefighting. He has that condescending “I-calls-‘em-like-I-see-‘em” attitude.

So, why, why, WHY do I still like him? My theories are: (1) There’s something wrong with me; (2) He’s just a really complex character….I think there’s something wrong with me.

El Legenda
06-09-2006, 01:48 AM
he is a tool, he kept making fun of Benneteau, when Ivan was moping the floor with him. In 3rd set Benneteau makes a over head slam, after missing 2 before, and Gilber says "look at Ivan's face, he looks shocked that Juilan made a over head" :lol: was kind of funny.

jole
06-09-2006, 02:18 AM
Gilbert rocks.

R.Federer
06-09-2006, 02:24 AM
he did a hell of a job coaching aa and ar..... he knows a thing or two about tennis

partygirl
06-09-2006, 02:40 AM
he is like a big dumb/smart tennis filing cabinet.

i enjoy him too, its unexplainable -but we don't have to live with him and his long winded-ness.

i think its his attitude i like or his attitude towards the game.

now if your into the Pmac, your really, really crazy:retard:

theMEESH
06-09-2006, 02:51 AM
gilbert is interesting.... i like him because of his crazy goofball-ness.... he's a dork. but at least he's different... if all the commentators were the same... we'd go nuts.

zicofirol
06-09-2006, 03:04 AM
I like Gilbert I think he is the one with most insight into "tdoays" game because he was coaching just 2 years ago, he also is more direct with his comments, he is a dork but in the good way lol. I think he just says it like it is, no bs, not saying that the others dont but like I said he ismore direct.

mangoes
06-09-2006, 03:14 AM
I think Gilbert is one of the more insightful commentators :shrug:

jole
06-09-2006, 03:24 AM
He is comfortable with himself, he doesn't take himself too seriously, and *gasp* he actually does know a thing or two about tennis despite a bunch of losers on a tennis forum claiming he is dumb as a brick.

NYCtennisfan
06-09-2006, 03:24 AM
He is who he is which is basically an annoying guy. He does know a thing or two about tennis though. The guy had very little talent but made his way into the top 4 at age 28 or 29. He certainly didn't do that by hitting monster FH's and volleying like Edberg. His book, "Winning Ugly" is also a very good read for anyone who plays tennis.

Bibberz
06-09-2006, 03:30 AM
He is who he is which is basically an annoying guy. He does know a thing or two about tennis though. The guy had very little talent but made his way into the top 4 at age 28 or 29. He certainly didn't do that by hitting monster FH's and volleying like Edberg. His book, "Winning Ugly" is also a very good read for anyone who plays tennis.
He also has a newer book--I've Got Your Back: Coaching Top Performers from Center Court to the Corner Office. I just ordered it online for $4 (including S/H). Hopefully he can coach me to the corner office because I'm sure as hell not going to make Center Court.

athina7
06-09-2006, 03:37 AM
I really like BG. He does know his stuff, no doubt about that. Plus, he makes me laugh with some of his comments and predictions.

NYCtennisfan
06-09-2006, 03:39 AM
He also has a newer book--I've Got Your Back: Coaching Top Performers from Center Court to the Corner Office. I just ordered it online for $4 (including S/H). Hopefully he can coach me to the corner office because I'm sure as hell not going to make Center Court.


LOL!

jole
06-09-2006, 03:45 AM
He also has a newer book--I've Got Your Back: Coaching Top Performers from Center Court to the Corner Office. I just ordered it online for $4 (including S/H). Hopefully he can coach me to the corner office because I'm sure as hell not going to make Center Court.

Good luck. :yeah: :)

knight_ley
06-09-2006, 04:55 AM
I used to hate him, but I feel comfortable enough to admit in this thread that now I do enjoy him. :tape:

ugotlobbed
06-09-2006, 05:29 AM
BG FTW !!!!!!!!! GILBERT OWNS ALL

Scotso
06-09-2006, 05:30 AM
He’s not as classy as Drysdale. He’s not as insightful as John McEnroe. He’s nowhere near as cool as Courier. He doesn’t have any neat catchphrases like Patrick McEnroe (God help me, but I love “Dropper!”). He can’t go 30 seconds without comparing tennis matchups to: (American) football or prizefighting. He has that condescending “I-calls-‘em-like-I-see-‘em” attitude.

So, why, why, WHY do I still like him? My theories are: (1) There’s something wrong with me; (2) He’s just a really complex character….I think there’s something wrong with me.

I really hated him at first, but I admit that he's grown on me and I like him now. He's my favorite of the guys outside of Johnny Mac.

But I must say that... Drysdale isn't classy, Courier isn't cool, and PMac's little phrases annoy me to no end. :p

ugotlobbed
06-09-2006, 05:30 AM
I think Gilbert is one of the more insightful commentators :shrug:

no doubt

jole
06-09-2006, 05:41 AM
To be objective, GWH reminded me that Brad Gilbert said Acasuso has a weak serve, and I do now totally remember Gilbert saying this. This specific instance of what Gilbert said is absurd. Gilbert is mortal!!!11

Action Jackson
06-09-2006, 05:42 AM
Gilbert is Gilbert and he does get people talking and therefore he is doing job well there, put please pick Federer so Nalbandian can win tonight.

As for his knowledge, he knew how to win ugly, but he dropped the ball badly with this comment. Acasuso "has a got a weak serve". Sure he is an Argentine, and he can't have that many problems finding an Argentine with a weak serve, but pick the right one.

Merton
06-09-2006, 06:10 AM
Gilbert is Gilbert and he does get people talking and therefore he is doing job well there, put please pick Federer so Nalbandian can win tonight.

As for his knowledge, he knew how to win ugly, but he dropped the ball badly with this comment. Acasuso "has a got a weak serve". Sure he is an Argentine, and he can't have that many problems finding an Argentine with a weak serve, but pick the right one.

He did pick Federer in straight sets :lol:

AgassiDomination
06-09-2006, 06:18 AM
His face reminds me of a clown. You think I'm kidding, but I'm not.

BelgianWaffle
06-09-2006, 08:27 AM
Ok somebody explain this 'Dropper!!'-thing to me.
Is is something he shouts when a player hits a dropshot?? :confused:

oz_boz
06-09-2006, 08:31 AM
Need help figuring out Gilbert? Ask Lendl. :)

Action Jackson
06-09-2006, 08:41 AM
Sometimes winning ugly just isn't enough.

Ivan Lendl (USA) vs Brad Gilbert (USA)

1982 Hartford Indoor Carpet R16 Lendl 6-2 6-2
1983 Tokyo Indoor Carpet SF Lendl 6-2 6-1
1984 Philadelphia Indoor Carpet QF Lendl 3-6 6-2 6-1
1984-Brussels Indoor Carpet R32 Lendl 6-1 6-0
1985 Fort Myers Hardcourt QF Lendl 6-4 6-2
1985 Stratton Mountain Hardcourt QF Lendl 6-3 6-3
1985 Stuttgart Clay F Lendl 6-4 6-0
1986 Philadelphia Indoor Carpet SF Lendl 7-5 4-6 6-2
1986 Stratton Mountain Hardcourt QF Lendl 6-2 3-6 6-2
1986 U.S. Open Hardcourt R16 Lendl 7-5 6-1 6-2
1987 Key Biscayne Hardcourt R16 Lendl 6-2 6-2 6-4
1987 Washington Hardcourt F Lendl 6-1 6-0
1987 New York Indoor Carpet RR Lendl 6-2 6-2
1987 New York Indoor Carpet SF Lendl 6-2 6-4
1989 Forest Hills Clay QF Lendl 6-0 6-1
1991 Philadelphia Indoor Carpet SF Lendl 6-4 3-6 6-4

Lendl 16-0

avocadoe
06-09-2006, 10:51 AM
i enjoy him too, though aside from a few, his predictions go up in smoke coming from wish not thought :) I like the way he looks at the match itself though :) I saw Ljubicic's lips ask Benneteau "Are you alright?" when the match was over. He seemed to have a sense that maybe he wasn't from how he played?

Bibberz
06-09-2006, 12:00 PM
Ok somebody explain this 'Dropper!!'-thing to me.
Is is something he shouts when a player hits a dropshot?? :confused:
Yes. It's no more complicated than that.

jole
06-09-2006, 03:50 PM
His face reminds me of a clown. You think I'm kidding, but I'm not.

http://www.atptennis.com/en/players/playerprofiles/images/G016_AS.jpg

You can go ahead and eat your heart out.

knight_ley
06-09-2006, 03:51 PM
He reminds me of a muppet.

jole
06-09-2006, 04:05 PM
http://img514.imageshack.us/img514/5223/bradley7qm.jpg

:p

chicky841
06-09-2006, 08:33 PM
He doesn’t have any neat catchphrases like Patrick McEnroe (God help me, but I love “Dropper!”).

:lol: I thought I was the only one who liked that. That said im not overly fond of Pmac.

Action Jackson
06-10-2006, 11:12 AM
http://img514.imageshack.us/img514/5223/bradley7qm.jpg

:p

Just über cool.

partygirl
06-11-2006, 11:47 AM
i love the insight Brad has into Roddick.

i must admit,
the best is when ESPN will totally shanghai Andy by having Brad be the on court reporter or something like that...so they have to interact.:haha:

brad still kisses Andyass but Andy can't handle it & try's to avoid it at all costs(but he acts for the cameras)...its hilarious.

im hoping for more of that when the summer hardcourt series starts. :p :D