Gilbert was a member of the United States tennis team at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and was the No. 5 seed in the men's singles competition. He easily defeated Michael Tauson in the first round (6-2, 7-5, 6-1), and then beat Andrei Cherkasov in the second round (6-4, 1-6, 6-1, 6-2). Gilbert then dispatched Robert Seguso in straight sets (6-2, 6-1, 6-2) before beating Argentina's Martin Jaite in the quarterfinals (5-7, 6-1, 7-6, 6-3). Guaranteed a medal by reaching the semifinals, Gilbert's hope of attaining the gold ended when he lost to fellow American Tim Mayotte, the No. 2 seed in straight sets (4-6, 4-6, 3-6). Gilbert was awarded the bronze medal.
Before becoming one of the top professional tennis players in the world in the 1980s, Gilbert attended Pepperdine University and helped the Waves advance to the title match at the 1982 NCAA Championships; Brad also played in the singles final. After graduating, Gilbert joined the ATP and won his first professional tournament in 1982 in Taipei. Over the next decade, Gilbert was ranked in the top ten in the U.S. for nine years; he also rose to No. 6 in the world in 1989. That year, he won five tournaments, the most in his career. Gilbert retired in 1995 after playing in all four majors (his best result was reaching the quarterfinals at the 1990 Wimbledon tournament and the 1987 U.S. Open), and compiling a 10-5 career record in Davis Cup play. He had a career won-lost record of 519-288 and won a total of 20 career singles titles. Brad is currently Andre Agassi's coach. In May 2001, Gilbert was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Men's Hall of Fame.
Birth and Death Dates:
b. Aug. 9, 1961
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