• Thu. Aug 18th, 2022

Brad Gilbert tells how he was kicked out of his son’s tennis match

ByRandall B. Phelps

Jul 9, 2022

Brad Gilbert told a funny story as he called the men’s doubles final at Wimbledon for ESPN on Saturday.

Gilbert and announcer Darren Cahill were talking about how the ATP is doing a trial to allow match training for the second half of the year. Coaching was never allowed during matches, although some coaches often broke the rules.

Gilbert was talking about the rule change and it led him to recount how he got kicked out of his son Zach’s tennis match years ago after he was caught coaching.

“I have a coaching story to tell you. I have never received a warning from a coach in my career at the ATP. My trainer never had one train me. Zach was playing, who I call ‘Buck’, he was playing a 14 and under tournament. And I was making a little move because he wasn’t really looking at me. I was like, ‘play that kid’s forehand!’ Make a little move. Dumb. He wasn’t looking and I was getting annoyed. I did it again… the traveling linesman, who was there unfortunately when I was a kid, got pissed off and gave me the straight hook of the game. said Gilbert.

“They gave me the hook. Zach didn’t even know what I was talking about. He was throwing his hands up like, ‘what the hell are you talking about?’ I was ejected. [My wife] was like ‘you’ll find your way home!’ Ohhh man, I have the walk of shame! It was like an hour and fifteen minute ride home.

Gilbert said the tournament was held in Northern California. Based on the timeline, this must have taken place around the early 2000s.

As if Brad getting ejected wasn’t bad enough, his son also lost the match.

Gilbert, 60, has achieved a ranking as high as No. 4 in men’s singles during his playing career. Since then he has coached Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick and Andy Murray. He was also a commentator for ESPN for years, where he shares these humorous stories.