A nice article about the twins can be found here:
Serving up double the fun on and off the court
* By: downtowner
* On: 08/07/2007 15:51:23
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By Jessie Gridley
MASON Bob and Mike Bryan (USA) double the talent and charisma, both on and off the tennis court.
They currently hold the No. 1 title of the doubles tennis team since 2003 with 40 doubles titles.
The Bryan brothers are on the roster for Cincinnati's 2007 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, along with other players ranked internationally in the top 20, such as Andy Roddick (USA), Roger Federer (Switzerland) and Rafael Nadal (Spain).
The identical twins describe their moves on the court as mirrored Bob building power with the racket in his left hand while Mike lunges toward the ball with his racket in his right hand.
Phil Smith, director of marketing and communications for Western & Southern Financial Group Masters & Women's Open, works year-round to plan each year's tournaments. He is the father of 5-year-old twin daughters, and says that the best way to tell the Bryan twins apart on the court is to look at the twins' hands or necks.
"I just hope Bob decides to wear the necklace," says Smith, referring to the dark, beaded necklaces the twin usually sports.
"It's a lot of fun playing with him (twin brother Bob) sharing victories and experiences with each other," says Mike.
The brothers agree that they hold an advantage over other doubles teams. First, they play tennis with opposing hands. Second, they've been on the court with each other since the womb, when their mother played at a ripe eight months into her pregnancy. And third, their coach, David MacPherson, is a former opponent who knows through competition their weaknesses.
Voted Sexiest Man (or men) Alive by People magazine The Bryan twins appeared doubly delicious in the Nov. 27, 2006 issue of People in their Sexiest Man Alive issue. The doubles tennis team appeared in the same category with NFL twins Tiki and Ronde Barber.
Mike shies away at the topic, saying "It put our faces out there but [was] a little embarrassing."
Bob adds, "Yeah we took some crap. Andy Roddick and James Blake were definitely giving us crap."
He adds with laughter, "But they have all been in there too."
As far as their love lives, Mike says he and his brother both have girlfriends, who also plan on coming to Lindner Family Tennis Center to cheer on the brothers.
Mike says that he and his brother live together in California and "we aren't splitting up until one of us gets hitched."
Off the Court On the court the twins have constantly-evolving goals for their game to improve. Bob says that the duo's next goal is to beat "The Woodies" in the doubles title of tennis. Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde hold 61 doubles titles, while the Bryans are on a roll with 40 doubles titles.
The competitive twins know that it takes hard work to win, but also find time to have fun and explore other interests, such as music.
"When you get it (a win) done, it's party time," says Bob.
And having fun is definitely part of the twin's off-court pastimes. The two have a band and often play at kickoff player parties at tournaments and with friends back at home in California.
Just like a well-oiled machine on the court, Mike also sets the rhythm on the drums and plays the guitar. Bob performs on the keyboard, and says that the two decided to take up the hobby after hundreds of hours put up in hotels while playing the game they love.
"Anytime we can jam, it takes your mind off things," says Mike.
The two are excited to come to Cincinnati for the Masters Open. With the top 20 players showing face, Bob and Mike are sure to see some fierce competition as well as old friends.
"We are great buddies with all the American players," says Bob, "You'll fight hard on the court and have a beer after the match."
Behind the Net
Smith says that this is his 20th year with the Cincinnati-based tournament, but that it has been coming to the Queen City for 109 years.
He expects around 165,000 spectators to attend the Masters Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center this year. One of the perks of Lindner, in his opinion, is the intimacy that the crowd and players experience with each other with the stands being so close to the courts.
"There is nobody who is not coming," says Smith, who says that a tournament like this year's is really rare to see, with all 20 of the top 20 players attending, pending no injuries.
He says there are always 12 undecided players when coming into tournament time. Seven wildcards are given out during qualifying matches being held on Saturday, Aug. 11 Sunday, Aug. 12. One player receives a special exemption wildcard and four others are decided by a small team of tournament officials, including Smith.
The Bryan twins were one of the teams who received a wildcard for the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in 1999.
"Yeah, we were pretty skinny six-footers weighing 130 pounds Not ready to be on tour," says Bob.
Four years later the lanky boys beefed up to about 190 pounds and swept the 2003 doubles title at Western & Southern Financial Group Masters & Women's Open.
"It's one of the most well-done tournaments," says Mike, adding that this week is just another chance for the brothers to combine skill and confidence to reach some of their goals.
For more information or to order tickets visit the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters & Women's Open Web site at www.cincytennis.com