Americans Mike Bryan & Bob Bryan created more tennis history capturing their 4th US Open Men’s Doubles crown & 12th slam title. Dave “Koz” Kozlowski caught up with the champion twins after their victory.
Bob and Mike Bryan took the Men’s Doubles title at the 2011 Australian Open, 6-3 -6-4 over India’s Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupath for their fifth Australian Open Title.
“We have tons of respect for those guys, they are legends, they are marquee, they can only make our game better,” Bob Bryan said. “It was just great to have the ‘Indian Express’ back on the doubles court. It was an extra-special feeling out there.”
Paes was amazed at the Bryans ability to play perfectly on the court.
“If they had not served 83 percent first serves, but maybe 76 percent, it could have maybe been a different story,” Paes said. “Today we lost to the best team on the planet.”
The Bryans have held the No. 1 ranking in doubles for the past eight years. They have also won the U.S Open three times and the French Open and Wimbledon once.
Camarillo, Calif., (Friday, Sept. 17, 2010) – Fresh off their third U.S. Open championship and ninth career Grand Slam title, the all-time winningest men’s doubles team and world No. 1s Bob and Mike Bryan will be joined by Top 25 players and good friends Mardy Fish and Sam Querrey at the K-Swiss All Star Tennis Fest & Wine Tasting event Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Spanish Hills Country Club.
The Bryan Bros. and their Foundation recently announced they would be awarding a $5,000 grant to both the Ventura County Junior Tennis Association and the Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons to financially assist a promising junior player from each area.
“Both the VCJTA and the Santa Barbara Tennis Patrons tournaments and programs were where Mike and Bob were first able to spread their wings as juniors,” said the twins’ father, Wayne Bryan. “Now, they want to give back and would like to provide a deserving junior the same opportunity they had.”
The schedule for the day is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a pro-am, wine tasting and pro exhibition.
General seating tickets are still available for $100 and VIP tables start at $500. Tickets can be purchased through the website at www.bbtennisfest.com.
Participating restaurants and wineries include: Spanish Hills Country Club, Capistrano’s,
Yolandas, Enoteca Toscana, We Olive, Hahn Wineries, Bianchi Wineries, Ventura County Wine Trails and the California Wine Club.
The Bryans’ victory at Flushing Meadows recently wrapped up a dream summer for the Americans, who are on a 14-match winning streak after coming into the U.S. Open with back-to-back titles at Toronto and Cincinnati. Since Wimbledon they have an unbelievable 22-2 record.
Two weeks before their Toronto triumph, the twins broke the Open Era record for most tour-level doubles titles won by a team with their 62nd victory in Los Angeles.
“This year’s been unbelievable,” said Mike Bryan after the U.S. Open win.
Added Bob Bryan: “This has been the best two weeks of my life. This was the best match we’ve ever played. The flood gates have kind of opened since (LA) and we’ve played the best tennis we’ve ever played. This is the craziest summer we’ve ever had. To win Toronto, Cincinnati and the Open is a dream come true.”
With nine Grand Slam doubles titles, the 32-year-old Bryans are second on the Open Era leader list behind Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, who won 11 titles during their career. They have an all-time best 65 career doubles titles and won their two previous U.S. Open titles in 2005 and 2008.
For more information on the Bryan Bros. Foundation see the website at: http://www.bryanbros.com/about-the-foundation.html
About the Bryan Bros. Foundation
The Bryan Bros. Foundation, a non-profit 501c3 organization, is dedicated to helping support and grow the dreams of children in Ventura County and around the world. The Foundation’s mission is to identify and support charities and causes that help at-risk youth survive and thrive. We seek out specific families and children in need, working with them directly to ensure that they have the opportunities they need to succeed. In everything we do, we will promote the ideals of sports, and tennis in particular, to emphasize the values of hard work, dedication and perseverance.
Since 1966, K-Swiss has represented innovation, quality, performance and style. Its signature K-Swiss “Classic” was the first leather tennis shoe and made its debut at Wimbledon in 1966. More than 40 years later it is still a style staple both on and off the court. Today, K-Swiss’ premium sports heritage has expanded from tennis footwear, to lifestyle, running, training, nautical, and free-running footwear that stands up to the performance demands of world-class athletes and trendsetters alike. Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., K-Swiss currently has ATP stars Bob and Mike Bryan, Mardy Fish and Sam Querrey, as well as WTA stars Liezel Huber, Vera Zvonareva and Alona Bondarenko.
LONDON, ENGLAND – Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner have qualified for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, scheduled to take place at The O2 in London from 21-28 November. The Austrian-German team joins the world’s top 2 doubles teams, Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan and Daniel Nestor & Nenad Zimonjic, as the first three teams to qualify for the doubles event.
Melzer & Petzschner currently stand in 7th place in the 2010 ATP Doubles Team Rankings, but they are nevertheless assured of their place in London by virtue of their Wimbledon Grand Slam title combined with a guaranteed finish inside the world’s top 20.
The team’s qualification was confirmed following Bob and Mike Bryan’s triumph over Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi in last weekend’s US Open final. The Indian-Pakistani team represented the only remaining threat to the Wimbledon champions, but defeat for Bopanna and Qureshi at Flushing Meadows finally sealed qualification for Melzer & Petzschner regardless of whether they finish inside the Top 8 of the 2010 ATP Doubles Team Rankings.
The remaining 2010 Grand Slam winning teams – Bryan/Bryan (Australian Open & US Open) & Nestor/Zimonjic (Roland Garros) – have already qualified thanks to guaranteed finishes inside the year-end Top 8.
Following his qualification in doubles, Melzer has now set his sights on making history by becoming the first player to qualify in both singles and doubles at the season-ending event since Emilio Sanchez (w/Casal) in 1990. Currently lying in 11th place in the Year-To-Date South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings, Melzer is poised to challenge for one of the elite eight singles berths as the season unfolds over the next two months.
“To qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London is one of the best things you can do. It’s great to qualify in doubles already and we look forward to being there. Of course, it would be great to be there in singles as well – it would be a huge achievement. If you qualify in singles and doubles, it means you’ve had one hell of a season!” said the Austrian No.1.
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have already qualified for the season-ending singles event. The remaining six places are still up for grabs, as a chasing pack featuring the likes of Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Andy Roddick continue to battle for rankings points at ATP World Tour events during the remainder of the season in order to finish among the Top 8.
|Barclays ATP World Tour Finals – The Contenders
Year-to-Date South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings & 2010 ATP Doubles Team Rankings
|1||R. Nadal (ESP)||10,840||1||Bryan/Bryan||9,875|
|2||R. Federer (SUI)||6,025||2||Nestor/Zimonjic||7,325|
|3||N. Djokovic (SRB)||4,755||3||Dlouhy/Paes||3,835|
|4||A. Murray (GRB)||4,045||4||Kubot/Marach||2,925|
|5||R. Soderling (SWE)||3,960||5||Moodie/Norman||2,880|
|6||T. Berdych (CZE)||3,535||6||Bopanna/Qureshi||2,800|
|7||A. Roddick (USA)||3,170||7||Bhupathi/Mirnyi||2,745|
|8||F. Verdasco (ESP)||3,140||7=.||Melzer/Petzschner||2,745|
|- – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -||- – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -|
|9||D. Ferrer (ESP)||3,000||9||Aspelin/Hanley||2,690|
|10||M. Youzhny (RUS)||2,510||10||Lindstedt/Tecau||2,650|
Players in bold have qualified.
* Year-to-Date South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings FAQ
FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – The net divides the court like a nylon wall, but resembled a bridge bringing two teams, three nations, more than 20,000 fans and an often overlooked form of tennis together today. In a high-quality clash between dynamic doubles duos, Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan beat India’s Rohan Bopanna and Pakistan’s Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, 7-6(5), 7-6(4) to capture their third US Open championship and ninth Grand Slam title before an appreciative Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd that gave all four men a rousing ovation at the conclusion of a memorable match.
Facing mini-break deficits in both tie breakers, the Bryans bumped up their level of play when it mattered most.
“I think today we were phenomenal. I mean, there was a 50 miles an hour wind coming down the court, and I thought we were seeing the ball great,” Bob Bryan said. “It’s awesome when you can see the finish line. There’s one more match to go. You could leave it all on the line. That’s what kept pushing us forward. You don’t think about being down a mini break in a finals of a Grand Slam.”
They own two of the fastest sets of hands in tennis — so fast they could jointly juggle jagged bits of broken baseball bats without concern of contracting splinters — but by the end of this encounter, the twins had their hands full at net and were at a temporary loss for a reply.
That moment came after the Bryan brothers played what they called one of the best matches of their professional careers as they leaped into each other’s arms after an ace ended the match. Father Wayne Bryan, the twins’ first coach and long-time doubles promoter who rarely attends his sons matches because he gets too nervous watching them play, leaped out of his seat simultaneously in an eruption of emotion.
In a season in which the Bryan brothers broke the record for most Tour-level doubles titles in the Open Era when they captured their 62nd title in Los Angeles in July, they now stand behind the Woodies, Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, for most major titles in the Open Era. The Woodies on 11 major titles together and the Bryans are on pace to shatter that mark if they stay healthy.
The net divides the court, but two become one when Bopanna and Qureshi share the doubles court. Sport serves as a source of unity as Bopanna, born in Bangalore, India, and Qureshi, from Lahore, Pakistan have reached an accord on court that contrasts with the agitation that can exist between their neighboring nations.
The pair have become promoters of peace and in a gesture larger than tennis Qureshi took time out during the trophy presentation to reiterate the message he and Bopanna have share throughout their partnership: they spend their professional lives striking shots, but peace is their ultimate aim.
“Since September 11, every time I come to the States or western countries I feel people have wrong impression about Pakistan as a terrorist nation,” Quershi said. “I just wanted to declare that we are very friendly, loving, and caring people, and we want peace in this world as much as Americans want and the rest of the world wants. We all on the same side.”
Those sentiments struck a chord in his opponents.
“It choked me up. I could see him; he was quivering a little bit,” Bob Bryan said. “Just to give that message to everyone was very heartfelt.”
Both Indian and Pakistani fans sat side-by-side cheering on the pair, the Indian and Pakistani ambassadors to the United Nations sat in adjacent seats and after the match, the Pakistani ambassador presented the Bryan brothers with matching traditional scarves made from ancient cloth as a show of appreciation for the donation the twins made to help victims of the floods in Pakistan.
“When it comes down to it, a lot of people in Pakistan who don’t have homes and are out on the street. What they’re doing to bring India and Pakistan together is pretty special,” Mike Bryan said. “A sport can bring people together.”
It was one of the rare moments when the action after a final was even more profound than the play itself.
“What they are doing is a lot more important than winning the US Open,” Bob Bryan said.
At a time when religious and political extremes can create so much diviseness in the world can two men running around in shorts smacking felt sphere over a net truly make any impact?
Winning doubles demands cooperation, communication, mutual respect and shared problem solving — the very qualities people are sometimes resistant to apply in rallies of rhetoric.
On changeovers during their early-round matches, Bopanna and Qureshi watched with joy as the United Nations ambassadors to their respective nationsl shared smiles and conversation giving both men a glimmer of hope that while tennis can’t solve complex international issues it might just start a dialogue
“We always said sports can reach places where no religion or politics or politician can reach. I think it’s above all the religion and politics,” Qureshi said. “Seeing both ambassadors sitting together and going for one cause obviously is a start. So I would take it in a positive way. And like Rohan says all the time: If you can change few personal people’s mind on Indian or Pakistan’s side, I think it’s a great thing.”
The unity the two men exhibit on court is being reflect back at them at the mixed crowds they saw at their US Open matches.
“Crowd is getting better. More Indians and Pakistanis coming. They’re all mixed together sitting in the crowd. You can’t tell who is Pakistani and who is Indian,” Qureshi said. “That’s the beauty about sports. That’s the beauty about, I guess, our playing. Before our pairing you would never see that in any sports, fighting for one cause. It’s really good to be part of it.”
Competing for a cause binds both teams together.
Five years ago, the Bryan brothers, their father Wayne and several of tennis’ top doubles stars, including Mark Knowles and Mahesh Bhupathi sat in interview room one inside Arthur Ashe Stadium explaining why they were filing a lawsuit against the ATP.
The lawsuit, which was filed on September 1st, 2005, alleged that the ATP’s experimental efforts to “enhance” doubles competition was in fact a concerted effort by tournament directors to diminish and eventually eliminate doubles players’ ability to gain entry into main draws as a cost-cutting measure to save the tournament’s money.
“There is no credibility left for the ATP,” Knowles said that day. “They are basically trying to annihilate one form of the game, which is doubles..”
Essentially, the players sued the very union that was created to represent them and asserted the ATP was placing the interests of tournament directors above its own players when it came to doubles.
“Five years ago we were sitting in this room giving a press conference on trying to save doubles,” Mike Bryan said. “It was on its way out. My dad worked behind the scenes for about a year and got it done, and with a lot of top players. Now doubles is strong. I mean, right out there it was just a packed house for a couple of doubles teams.That was the best atmosphere. That’s a TV match, which is huge. So I mean, we’re very happy that we’ve been able to help doubles out.”
The twins from Camarillo, California went on to win the Open the week after the lawsuit to become the first brothers to lift the U.S. Open doubles title trophy since 1924 when the Kinsey brothers, Howard and Robert, accomplished the feat.
The Bryans believed they saved their best tennis for the final; some observers believe they saved much more that that.
“Doubles seems to have been on life support for so long,” said Hall of Famer John McEnroe, widely regarded as perhaps the finest doubles player of the Open Era. “The Bryan brothers play with so much energy and enthusiasm for the game. They seem to be singlehandedly saving doubles.”
Rich Pagliaro is the editor of TennisNow.com.
New York, NY-USA
August 30-September 12, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Doubles – Semifinals
(6) King/Shvedova (USA/KAZ) d. (9) Black/Rodionova (ZIM/AUS) 63 46 64
Mixed Doubles – Final
(1) Liezel Huber/Bob Bryan (USA/USA) d. Kveta Peschke/Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (CZE/PAK) 64 64
NEWPORT, R.I., August 25, 2010 – The International Tennis Hall of Fame will highlight the intricacies of the doubles game and the achievements of the greatest doubles teams in tennis history in a special exhibition at the US Open entitled Tennis Twosomes: Doubles Teams Across the Eras. Among the many teams featured in the exhibit will be Class of 2010 Hall of Fame Inductees Gigi Fernandez & Natasha Zvereva, Todd Woodbridge & Mark Woodforde, and mixed doubles star Owen Davidson. The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum Gallery at the US Open will be open daily, August 30 – September 12, and admission is complimentary for guests attending the US Open. New this year, the gallery is located in the SmashZone at the Indoor Training Center.
“Doubles is a fascinating discipline of the game, and building a partnership that can attain significant success is a commendable achievement. This exhibit is a fitting tribute to the game and its players. It appropriately tops off an exciting year that has been marked by great doubles moments, including the Hall of Fame induction of five doubles stars and the record-setting victory achieved by the Bryan brothers,” said Mark L. Stenning, CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum. “We’re pleased to offer this gallery, a small taste of the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, as part of the US Open experience for tennis fans.”
The exhibit will showcase more than 125 years of doubles competition, ranging from James Dwight & Richard Sears, who won 5 of the first 7 US Open titles in the 1880s – when the event was known as the U.S. National Lawn Tennis Championships – through Bob Bryan & Mike Bryan, who set the new record for most doubles wins in history when they captured their 62nd victory together in August of this year.
In addition to the recent Hall of Fame inductees, more than 25 teams are featured in the exhibit, including Ernest Renshaw & William Renshaw, Laurie Doherty & Reggie Doherty, John Newcombe & Tony Roche, Owen Davidson & Billie Jean King, Margaret Smith Court & Marty Riessen, Martina Navratilova & Pam Shriver, Peter Fleming & John McEnroe, and Serena Williams & Venus Williams. By showcasing the success of the greatest doubles teams, the exhibit explores the intricacies of the doubles discipline, a unique game that is often compared to the institution of marriage. The most successful teams function as a single unit. Each half of the unit believes in the other, trusts in the other. They enhance each other’s strengths and mask the other’s weaknesses. They recognize verbal and non-verbal cues with equal ease, and they pick each other up when they are down. They are in perfect sync. But being in perfect sync is not enough to make a successful doubles duo. Each partner needs to have the skill set that pays dividends in the doubles arena. They instinctively know when to poach at the net or the perfect moment to hit the clean winner up the alley. They must possess the quickest of reflexes for exciting volley exchanges and be able to generate impossible angles. Most importantly, each partner knows how to move with the other, rarely leaving any portion of the court vulnerable to attack.
Tennis Twosomes: Doubles Teams Across the Eras celebrates some of the most successful doubles partnerships in the history of the game. From the Renshaws and Dohertys, to the “Woodies,” Bryan brothers and Williams sisters, tennis is filled with teams who have put it together, persevered through the highs and lows, and have written their names into the history books of tennis.
Located in Newport, Rhode Island, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum highlights the history of tennis from its 12th century origins through present-day, as well as the fascinating life stories of the game’s greatest athletes and industry contributors. The extensive collection features vintage tennis equipment, video highlights and iconic photos, tennis apparel ranging from Victorian dresses to modern fashions, tennis inspired paintings and fine arts, and memorabilia from remarkable moments as recent as the current-year Grand Slams. Changing exhibits and special exhibitions, similar to Tennis Twosomes: Doubles Teams Across the Eras, are displayed year-round in the Museum.
For additional information about the exhibit at the US Open or about the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, please visit tennisfame.com.
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About the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum
Established in 1954, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is a non-profit institution dedicated to preserving the history of tennis, inspiring and encouraging junior tennis development, enshrining tennis heroes and heroines, and providing a landmark for tennis enthusiasts worldwide. The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum was recognized as the sport’s official Hall of Fame in 1986 by the International Tennis Federation, the governing body of tennis. The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is supported by Official Partners, such as BNP Paribas. For information on the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum and its programs, call 401-849-3990 or visit us online at www.tennisfame.com.
January 31, 2010 – Bordentown, NJ, – Defending champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan took home their second consecutive men’s doubles crown at the 2010 Australian Open Saturday evening and their eighth Grand Slam title overall beating rivals Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic in three sets, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3.
With their EXO3 Ignite Team 95 racquets, which they switched to late last year, the 31-year old American twins are now just four titles away from reaching the all-time record, currently held by Australian greats Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde with 61.
“It feels great to come back to Melbourne and defend our title, capture another Grand Slam and take one step closer to the all-time title record,” said Bob Bryan. “It is exactly how we hoped to kick-off 2010.”
The Bryans decided late last year to make a switch in racquets in order to achieve more control while still getting the ‘pop’ they need on serves and ground strokes. Their decision, after hitting only a few balls, was to pick up EXO3 technology and come down a bit in head size with the EXO3 Ignite Team 95.
“It is crucial in doubles to keep return of serves low and we feel as though we have better ability to do that with the EXO3 Ignite Team. But while it gives us added control and maneuverability, we are still able to deliver the power and pace we need on our serves and balls hit from the baseline,” said Bob Bryan. “It is just a fantastic all-court racquet and one of the things we loved instantly was the ‘clunk’ solid sound it makes upon ball strike.”
“The doubles game is getting better. Teams are improving and strong singles players on tour are starting to learn how to play. We need to continue to get better and evolve our game and without question we think we have improved since making the racquet switch. It was important for me to be able to carve out some more angles at net and do more with short balls,” said Mike Bryan.
The switch has proved to be a smart move. Aside from taking home the year’s first Grand Slam event, the Bryans executed a dramatic end to last season when for the fifth time, they ended the year as the world’s top team by winning the ATP Tour Doubles Finals in London. They came into that tournament 800 points behind Nestor and Zimonjic, but in the end, claimed the year-end No.1 ranking.
Even their father, coach Wayne Bryan, echoes Mike and Bob’s feelings about their new frames. “The Bros. absolutely love them and say it has the best feel of any stick they have every played with – which really is a strong testament and says something special. And, they like the looks of it too. “
The Bryans are just two of more than 50 players on tour, including Nikolay Davydenko, Gael Monfils and Maria Sharapova among others, who are now taking advantage of Prince’s O-technology, a unique series of holes along the frame of the racquet.
More information on the Bryan Brothers, their EXO3 Ignite Team 95 racquet, and all Prince players and products can be found at www.princetennis.com.