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09-25-2002, 03:25 AM
I just wanted to start this thread that all.



09-25-2002, 04:43 PM
Go Bob and Mike :bounce:

09-25-2002, 09:07 PM
Bob and Mike deserve a shot at Davis Cup. I understand why they aren't on the team, but they are arguably the best pure doubles team in the US.

Keeping kicking ass, boys, maybe PMac will take notice!! ;)

09-25-2002, 11:25 PM
:bounce: Mike and Bob! :bounce:

09-25-2002, 11:28 PM
hey guys! check out this fan site for the Bryan Bros:


09-25-2002, 11:34 PM


Raymond and Bryan Reign as Mixed Doubles Champions
by Laura Andriani
Friday, September 6, 2002

If the mixed doubles final was any indication of how Friday's matches were going to turn out, then tennis fans were definitely going to get their money's worth. The first match to take place on Arthur Ashe Stadium featured No. 2 seeds Lisa Raymond and Mike Bryan vs. Katarina Srebotnik and Bob Bryan (Mike's twin brother). The 80-minute long match would test not only the physical endurance of each player, but their indispensable knowledge of doubles strategy as well. All four players proved themselves, standing their ground with unique strengths.

Bob Bryan would continuously wow the crowd with his crushing serves while Srebotnik anticipated her opponents' imminent shots with a keen sense of doubles tactics. On the other side of the court, doubles veteran Raymond confirmed her status as a volleying maven with soft hands and quick feet. Mike showed his versatility by mixing up shots with varying speeds and spins. All four players held their respective serves in the first set, and at 5-6, Srebotnik served and volleyed, smacking one at Raymond's feet to force a tiebreaker.

The rallies continued to be tight, with neither team ever gaining more than a one point lead. Finally, at 10-9, Bob returned a serve wide, giving Mike and Raymond the set.

Playing with one set under their belts did not seem to make Mike and Lisa's second set any easier. Katarina and Bob continued to play strong, matching Lisa and Mike in each game. Bob and Katarina made 74% of their first serves, but Mike and Lisa answered by winning 89% of their first service points.

Neck and neck, the Bryan twins battled against each other with vicious overheads while Raymond and Srebotnik snatched winners off of skilled drop volleys and crisp passing shots.

At 5-5, Srebotnik served a slice-heavy serve that was returned long, giving her and Bob a one game break. Mike held his serve in the next game however, beckoning and second tiebreaker. Lisa and Mike quickly took the 6-0 lead.

Unable to regain control of the tiebreaker, Bob and Katarina made one more attempt at salvation before Lisa and Mike won the final point, making them the 2002 US Open mixed doubles champions.

10-16-2002, 04:53 AM
They are playing in Madrid, in case you want to know.

10-23-2002, 02:10 AM
bryan twins playing this week :)

12-18-2002, 12:51 AM
ATP NEWS Dec. 14, 2002

Double The Fun on 8 Simple Rules
Bryan Brothers make most of acting opportunity

Actors Kelly Cuoco and John Ritter, together with Bob and Mike (right) Bryan .

The doubles team of Mike and Bob Bryan, who won a career-high five ATP doubles titles in 2002 and faced off against each other in the mixed doubles final at the 2002 US Open, spent a half-day doing a television shoot for the hit American TV comedy series "8 Simple Rules" this past week at ABC's Disney Studios in Los Angeles.

They appeared in a scene with stars John Ritter and Kaley Cuoco, who herself is a standout tennis player.

Mike and Bob were given plenty of time to rehearse their two lines, apparently with much success, so stay tuned for future airdates of the show.

01-06-2003, 09:14 AM
Hey everyone,

I'm new at this messageboardthing, but I just wanted to let you know: if you like Mike and Bob you should visit this site:

It has everything anyone wants to know about the bros. Be sure to stop by the messageboard as well.


01-26-2003, 06:42 PM
why won't Patrick McEnroe consider the Bryan twins for doubles in Davis Cup? they're one of the world's best teams but they never get to play for USA. :fiery:

01-29-2003, 06:07 PM
Leo, I soo hear you on that one!

And now that Pete isn't playing and Andy is injured, it would be the perfect opportunity for Mike and Bob to step in. I mean, it's not that Taylor and Robby aren't good players, but Pat: give doubles a chance!

Besides, I bet Taylor and Robby don't even get to play, except for maybe a dead rubber. James and Mardy are obviously going to play singles and since they have played together in doubles in the past, they will probably do so now.

I want to see Mike and Bob!!


02-03-2003, 03:17 PM
Bob is playing the Joplin Challenger!! Go Bob!!

02-09-2003, 11:59 PM
Originally posted by Ellen
Leo, I soo hear you on that one!

And now that Pete isn't playing and Andy is injured, it would be the perfect opportunity for Mike and Bob to step in. I mean, it's not that Taylor and Robby aren't good players, but Pat: give doubles a chance!

Besides, I bet Taylor and Robby don't even get to play, except for maybe a dead rubber. James and Mardy are obviously going to play singles and since they have played together in doubles in the past, they will probably do so now.

I want to see Mike and Bob!!


Ellen, you're absolutely right. and your predictions were correct - Taylor only got to play in a dead rubber. I would have picked him for the doubles with Blake instead of Fish b/c he has a bigger serve and clean volleys.

Good Luck to Bob! :bounce:

02-10-2003, 02:57 AM
Go Bob and Mike! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

02-10-2003, 07:29 AM
Originally posted by Leo7
Ellen, you're absolutely right. and your predictions were correct - Taylor only got to play in a dead rubber. I would have picked him for the doubles with Blake instead of Fish b/c he has a bigger serve and clean volleys.

Good Luck to Bob! :bounce:

I knew it! Maybe I should present myself to Pat as his personal advisor in who to take to DC ;)

Well, maybe this loss will make Pat see the error of his ways *she says with little hope* :rolleyes:

I am sad the US lost though. It would have been nice to see them do well.

02-10-2003, 07:31 AM
And some very good news on Bob: he won Joplin!!
Bryan d Kim 46 75 62
Way to go Bob!!

Next Mike and Bob will play San Jose (#1 seeds!). Good luck guys

02-10-2003, 09:31 PM
Congrats Bob, great comeback! and Good Luck in San Jose! :bounce: :bounce:

02-13-2003, 06:35 AM
What did just happen?!?! :eek:

I went to check the scores of the Siebel Open and what did I see:
Lee/Volchkov d. Bryan/Bryan 5/7 6/3 7/5

This makes me a not so very happy camper! :sad:

I just can't believe it... Bob was doing so great. Mike was having trouble with his wrist after Melbourne, but acording to Mr. Bryan, Mike was playing pain free again last week. Could it be that Bob was overpumped? Or was there too much time between tourneys and not enough matches played?...

Hope the bros do better in Mempis...

02-13-2003, 10:29 PM
It's okay, these losses happen. The twins will do better in Memphis, i'm sure. Will they be seeded #1 for that tourney?

02-14-2003, 06:28 AM
Okay, I've calmed down now :D
I know they can't win all the time (poor other players!) lol
They just spoiled us too much with great wins last summer I guess :)

Anyway, I don't know yet what the bros will be seeded (is that actually understandable english? If not, forgive me, I normally speak Dutch).
But I do know that last year Mike and Bob were in the finals (lost to McPhie/Zimonjic 3-6 6-3 4-10) and the year before they won the tourney.

So, I hope they will do just as well this time :D

Go Mike and Bob!! :bounce::bounce::bounce:

02-15-2003, 02:35 PM

Bob is in the main draw in Memphis! He got a wild card.
He will be playing Vladimir Voltchkov in the first round.

You go, Bob!! :bounce::bounce::bounce:

02-15-2003, 05:38 PM
Originally posted by Ellen
Okay, I've calmed down now :D
I know they can't win all the time (poor other players!) lol
They just spoiled us too much with great wins last summer I guess :)

Anyway, I don't know yet what the bros will be seeded (is that actually understandable english? If not, forgive me, I normally speak Dutch).
But I do know that last year Mike and Bob were in the finals (lost to McPhie/Zimonjic 3-6 6-3 4-10) and the year before they won the tourney.

So, I hope they will do just as well this time :D

Go Mike and Bob!! :bounce::bounce::bounce:

yeah, that's understandable. you speak perfect english actually, which is very impressive since Dutch is your native language.

anyway, thanks for all the Bryan Twin news. i hope they have more success like last summer when they won TMS Toronto. :D

02-15-2003, 07:05 PM
Thanks for the compliment, Leo! Guess all those long lonely hours of study finally paid off :D Or maybe it was just watching MTV all the time... (probably the last one ;))

Oh and no worries about the Bryan Twins news. I'm always happy keeping other Bryan rooters up to date. Even if it is just one :D
Start small...think big!:) You never know what lurkers might be in here...;)

02-15-2003, 09:25 PM
Originally posted by Ellen
Thanks for the compliment, Leo! Guess all those long lonely hours of study finally paid off :D Or maybe it was just watching MTV all the time... (probably the last one ;))

Oh and no worries about the Bryan Twins news. I'm always happy keeping other Bryan rooters up to date. Even if it is just one :D
Start small...think big!:) You never know what lurkers might be in here...;)

Lol, i hope you're right. We need more Bryan fans in here to cheer them on. :)

02-16-2003, 10:16 AM
Memphis doubles draws are out.

Mike and Bob are seeded #2 (after Nestor and Knowles) and will be playing Taylor Dent and Robby Ginepri in the first round.
I'll bet Pat Mac will be watching that one front row :D

There's some interesting match-ups in the doubles. Andy Roddick is pairing up with Srichaphan. Love to see what that will bring...

Anyway, Mike and Bob: show us what you're worth!
Go Twins! Work that magic! :bounce::bounce:

02-16-2003, 07:46 PM
Bob is selected as 'USTA Circuit Player of the Week' :D

Full story at:

02-17-2003, 04:20 AM
from the article:


Served as a practice partner for the U.S. team during the USA vs. Italy Davis Cup by NEC semifinal in Milwaukee, Wis., won by Italy, 4-1.

:rolleyes: :fiery: They should be doing more for Davis Cup.

02-17-2003, 09:11 AM
Originally posted by Leo7
from the article:


Served as a practice partner for the U.S. team during the USA vs. Italy Davis Cup by NEC semifinal in Milwaukee, Wis., won by Italy, 4-1.

:rolleyes: :fiery: They should be doing more for Davis Cup.

My thoughts exactly!!

The twins were practice partners when Gullikson was still coach. They were only just on the tour.

McEnroe just won't give the bros a chance :fiery: He just doesn't want to see the quallities of a top class doubles team, he doesn't want to see what an asset they could be to his team :fiery:
Okay, I know I biased here, but hear me out:

I think the guys on the team against Croatie played great. But it was Pat that lost the tie. I mean: now with Andy and Pete not on the team, all the pressure automaticly shifted to James. He's the only experianced player when it comes to DC on the team and he has had the better singles and doubles results in the past, of the 4 of them.

Not to say that James couldn't win those matches, but wouldn't it have been a lot easier on him if he had someone to share the load? I'm just saying: he's a young players and although he is the more experianced one on the team, he still has got a lot to learn. Also in dealing with high pressure situations. I think that is also why he yelled at that spectator during his match against Ljubicic. I have never seen James do something like that. But these things happen when you feel pressured...

Take this scenario: say the DC team would have consisted of James, Mardy, Mike and Bob. James and Mardy would have only had to worry about their singles matches and would have gotten some rest in between. They wouldn't have had to worry about winning the doubles, wich would mean at least one load taken of of their shoulders. Now correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't that a coach's job, taking as much load of of his players so they can concentrate on the task at hand?

Mike and Bob would play the doubles, taking part of the responsability that was now put entirely on James. And yes, I know they don't have DC experiance either. But they do know what it is like to play big matches. They played the quarters of the Australian and French Open, they played the semies at Wimbledon and the US Open, they won the TMS Toronto (against the world's #1 doubles team, at home turf for Nestor), they played the semies of the TMS Madrid... Need I continue? Those are some big matches too. The twins know how to handle that.

I can't predict the future or anything, but I do think Mike and Bob would have had a big chance of winning that doubles rubber. Bob with his big serve, Mike with his strong return game and both know their volleys. That combined with their knowledge of the game of doubles (they have been playing doubles since they were 6).... I'm telling you: the Bryan Brothers would have been Croatia's biggest nightmare!

I can go on for hours on this... but I have class in 15 minutes ;)

It just makes me so :fiery::mad::fiery: that the twins don't get a chance. I know they really want to play for their country. They are all american. And I know they have got the game to deserve a chance.

Patrick has been talking to the bros for what? 2 years now? He has been practicing with them. But no way he will put them on the team. :fiery:
Mr McEnroe: with this said: I don't understand you at all!!! :confused:

I think it was Mike that once said during an interview that the brothers would have to be #1 in the world and have to have won all 4 slams to be appointed to the team... I'm starting to think he might be right :(


PS:Wew, so far my ramble of the morning :D Leo, you got me started on something here! lol I think I might have scared of any lurkers wanting to come forward now.... nooooo!!!! Come back!!!! :D

02-18-2003, 12:51 AM
Lol that was a quality ramble, Ellen. ;) and i totally agree. James, Mardy, Mike, and Bob would have been a much smarter team for the Croatia tie. Dent and Ginepri didn't even do shit. why would PMac want to put so much pressure on James and Mardy, who are both inexperienced and don't do well in tight moments (just look at what happened to them in the AO this year). I really hope PMac considers Mike and Bob for the USA next year, but it's doubtful, especially since Andy most likely will be playing again. :(

02-18-2003, 05:54 PM
Hehe, I'm glowing now *blinkblink* :D

The thing PMac is concerned about is the fact that he won't have a back up singles player.

If something would happen to James or Mardy (in this case), he wouldn't have a back up. And it is true that Robby and Taylor are ranked higher than Bob or Mike. But if you take a look at Bob's results in Joplin: he won 8 matches and lost only one set along the way (in the finals). I think that says something too.

Thing is: PMac doesn't want to take the risk of not having a back up. But I think he's taking a big risk in not bringing Mike and Bob on the team. That doubles point would have been practically a sure thing. James wouldn't have had to play all or nothing against Ljubicic and I believe Mardy could have given Ancic a good run for his money. Of course this is always easier said afterwards. But it is something Patty should consider for the next time. Maybe I should send a copy of this thread to Patty ;)

And I think you are very right saying Mike and Bob will have a tough time getting on the DC team when Andy is back. Taking Mike and Bob would mean leaving Mardy at home. And for some reason, I don't think Patty is ready to take that step yet :rolleyes:

As for James and Mardy, I think they are both terrific players and still have a lot of potential. They have already come a long way last year and are improving at every tournament. But they don't have a lot of experiance in the tougher matches. And that is something they won't learn in practice, but in playing those matches. I'm positive they will pick up on that, but in the mean time, Patty, don't put everything on them.

Of course this is just my humble opinion... :)

I'm really getting into these rambles, aren't I? And I'm not even a law student :D With this I warn you: if you get me started on something I'm pretty passionate about, there's no stopping me, nobody knows where that will end... :D

02-18-2003, 11:46 PM
nothing wrong about getting passionate about something. ;)

i get your point that PMac wanted to have a backup singles player in case something happened to Mardy or James but honestly how good would Dent or Ginepri have been? Taylor was injured and lacked match play while Ginepri is extremely inexperienced in big matches. at least the Bryan Bros. have played in some big doubles matches like the USO mixed doubles final. *sigh*

hey this thread finally reached 3 pages. i think we should give ourselves a pat on the back. :D

02-19-2003, 06:28 AM
Yep! Very very true! I couldn't agree more... :)

And yes, we do deserve a pat on the back. It's quite an accomplishment to have three pages with just two persons talking ;) How about a party? *celebrate good times come on! it's a celebration* I would sing it for you in audio attachment, but I sing about as good as my sick cat... :D

Anyway, Mike and Bob are back in action. Woohoo! :D

First Bob is playing his singles match against Voltchkov (10.30am, Grandstand). I'm so curious as to how Bob is gonna do in that match. Volchtkov doesn't seem te be the easiest of opponents. He challenged Agassi last week to a three setter. I don't know that much about Voltchkov, but if you can do that, you're doing something right...

And after that Mike and Bob will play their doubles (third match, players arena) against Dent and Ginepri! lol! Clash of the US DC team! :D

Go Mike and Bob!! :bounce::bounce::bounce:

02-19-2003, 04:53 PM
Take a look at this article: very interesting... ;)

US Davis Cup team in tatters
Todd: pressure of playing 3 matches too much for Blake, Fish
What's ahead for PMac?; Gambill calls for the Bryans

By Matthew Cronin

Susan Mullane/
Camerawork USA, Inc.
FROM THE SIEBEL OPEN IN SAN JOSE, CALIF. – It can't get much worse for U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe: or can it?

Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras have sworn off Davis Cup; Jan Michael Gambill won't play indoors in Europe; Andy Roddick has tendonitis in his wrist; James Blake has yet to make a major breakthrough and none of PMac's greenhorn threesome of Mardy Fish, Taylor Dent or Robby Ginepri has proven to a big-time player and may never crack the top-50.

The US' 4-1 loss to Croatia in Zagreb was nothing pretty. In fact, it was borderline embarrassing. The US has won more Davis Cups than anybody else, but hasn't won the title since 1995 and had lost in the first round in two of the last three years under PMac. What are US fans to think of the future of a team that in 2004 will likely look much the same?

Todd Martin, who was not chosen for the team because PMac though he was too rusty, says that this team is in a different position than when he started playing in the early '90s.

"That group of young players back were better and more accomplished and there was still John McEnroe picking up the slack and playing doubles, the role I've played the last few years," Martin said. "If they are five percent less than Andre, Pete and Jim [Courier], and I'm 25 percent less than John McEnroe was, that puts us back a little bit. But then again, last year we were in the semis and if by chance we would have played France at home, I think we would have won."

Please spare us the coronation that was given to the mentally erratic Ivan Ljubicic by some analysts. Ljubicic beat Fish in straight sets, teamed with Goran Ivanisevic to take down Blake and then upended Blake 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-3 to give Croatia an insurmountable 3-1 lead.

"He had the weekend of his life," McEnroe said of Ljubicic, who smashed up 29 aces against Blake, 30 against Fish and added 22 in doubles.

Nothing against Ivan the Not-So-Terrible, but Agassi and Sampras (and maybe Andy) would have eaten his lunch. Ljubicic has mediocre groundies, is not the good of a volleyer, has routine return and last year, had a 3-7 record in third-set breakers.

The somewhat inexperienced Blake was called to lead a team in hostile territory and simply wasn't up to the task. He took out Mario Ancic in straight sets on Friday, but he and Fish gagged their doubles match, blowing a two sets to love lead and losing 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 6-4 – the first time since 1965 that's happened to a US doubles duo. Blake said on Wednesday in San Jose that he doesn't get nervous closing out matches, but when he was serving at 4-4 in the fifth, he double faulted and missed two makeable volleys.

Blake also numerous chances against Ljubicic, but lost his head at key moments. He broke serve in the third game of third set but Ljubicic broke back in the eighth game, evening the set at 4-all. He then lost his concentration in the game and fell behind love-40, screaming at a fan: "Put the sign down." In the fourth set, Blake simply couldn't find his rhythm and failed to take advantage of the few returnable Ljubicic second serves that he saw.

Blake says it's not the jitters that keeping him from winning big matches. "It's not nerves. It's not being as comfortable as other guys," he said. "The more you do something the more at ease you feel doing it and at ease with the situation and your emotions."

Todd: pressure of playing 3 matches too much for Blake, Fish
Martin said that Blake and Fish had too much on their shoulders.

"Both he and Mardy knowing and approaching the weekend knowing they were going play three matches, you can't ever fathom what a responsibility that is until you incur it. They both played fairly well, but it was very tough."

What's ahead for PMac?; Gambill calls for the Bryans

Fred Mullane/
Camerawork USA, Inc.
Where's McEnroe to go now? He's has a full six months to go before the US plays its relegation tie to stay into the World Group and it's not like he'll have a ton of time to spend with the players, given that all of them have private coaches. He can only hope that Roddick heals, that Blake steps up another level and that Fish or Dent or Ginepri find thinking man's games and become technically sounder. It's a tough spot to be in for PMac, a well-respected, smart guy who knows he needs two star-quality players to be able to win the Cup but who has rarely had one.

Gambill, who chose not to watch the tie because it was "too painful," said that PMac should have chosen Bob and Mike Bryan to play doubles. "I fully support the Bryans getting the call," said Gambill. "We should be able to go to a tie with two good singles players and a proven doubles team."

McEnroe hasn't chosen the Bryans because they have become doubles specialists and he feels he needs a back-up singles player. Bob Bryan knows this, which is why he began playing singles again last week, winning eight matches to take the $50,000 USTA Challenger in Joplin, Missouri. The lefty Bob is a former NCAA singles champ who should have already cracked the top-50. That he and Mike have chosen to spend much of their career playing doubles is not PMac's fault – it's their own. Now it's up to prove they can play competent singles, not on McEnroe to hope one of his singles guys doesn't get injured so he doesn't have to take a huge risk by bringing them along.

02-19-2003, 04:57 PM
I have question (nothing to do with Mike and Bob).

I know it's possible to post pictures on this board. But how do I do that? Do I have to use somekind of HTML or something? I'm a complete computer idiot when it comes to something like this...


02-19-2003, 05:10 PM
Crap! Bob lost! :sad:

Voltchkov d. Bryan 63 63

Better luck in doubles guys!
Go Mike and Bob!! :bounce::bounce:

02-19-2003, 08:35 PM
first of all, poor Bob :sad: but Vladimir is an extremely tough opponent (former Wimbledon semifinalist in 2000) and this is Bob's first singles match in soooo long...

and well said, JMG! now let's hope PMac will listen to some of his own players and pick the Bryan Brothers for the relegation tie.

and posting pics is easy. the easiest way is to use the IMG tags. click on "Post Reply", then hit the button on the top that says IMG and put in the picture's url address. you can also attach pictures from your computer but that's much more complicated.

02-20-2003, 01:21 AM
good news, Ellen:

(2)B. Bryan-M. Bryan d. T. Dent-R. Ginepri 67(4) 76(5) 62

:bounce: great win, boys :bounce: keep it up! :bounce:

02-20-2003, 05:18 AM
Phew, that was close!

Go Twins! :D

02-20-2003, 06:23 AM
Yes!! Great job guys! Looked like it was pretty close though indeed. But we won! Yay! :bounce::bounce:
This makes me very happy! (Can you tell... ;)) I do feel kinda silly though, jumping up and down and yelling in front of a computer screen... lol

Next up: Fish and Morisson. Another friendly get together?

Thanks for the info on the pics Leo, I'll try and post some. Bring some color in this thread... :D

And did you notice we're not alone anymore... Yay for the Bryanrooters!! :bounce:

02-20-2003, 07:30 AM
Here goes...

02-20-2003, 07:32 AM
Mmm, first one doesn't work for me... And URL is correct...
Does it come up for you?

02-20-2003, 07:39 AM
This is fun, let's try another one...

02-20-2003, 07:56 AM
Hehe! I did it! Got it right from the first time. I'm very proud of myself now... :D

I know, there's nothing to it, but let me have my moment of glory okay? :D

02-21-2003, 02:16 AM
Yeah, i noticed someone had joined us. hope to see ya around more often, Hurley. :D

I'll try to find some Bryan Bros. pics too to make this thread more exciting..

Btw, good luck to the Twins tonight. Their match should be starting soon.

02-21-2003, 02:20 AM
Yes, i found some great piccies! :bounce:

hehe i like this cartoon:

02-21-2003, 02:21 AM
Hey, we reached 4 pages! :bounce:

Ellen, do you know any good Bryan Brothers fan sites? the only one i know is (where i got all the pics from).

02-21-2003, 02:24 AM
aww, they are so great with kids...

02-21-2003, 01:50 PM
There're not that many fansites about the bros but you should check these out: (this is really great, it even has video and audioclips from the 'Bryan Brothers Band', some clips of the bros practicing and time to time updates from Mr. Bryan!)

There is also a yahoo group at:

And a messageboard at:

That all that I know of. Hope that helps...

02-22-2003, 01:25 AM
Thanks for all the great sites. :)

02-22-2003, 11:08 AM
You're welcome. :)

In the mean time Mike and Bob earned their way into the semies! Yay! In their match against Fish/Morrison the brothers were up 1 set (7-5) and on serve in the second (4-4). But then Mardy had to pull out because of a spained ankle (think he's fine though, he did play his singles match yesterday so...)

Next up for Mike and Bob is Sanguinetti and Sargsian. They are playing today after the Roddick vs Vahaly match.

GO MIKE AND BOB!! :bounce::bounce::bounce:

02-22-2003, 08:16 PM
Good Luck Mike and Bob! :bounce: :bounce:

Don't want to look ahead but the Bryan Bros. could play Blake/Gimelstob in the finals. That would be very interesting.. all-American finals in both men's singles AND men's doubles for Memphis.

02-23-2003, 03:00 AM
Men's Doubles: Semifinals
(1)M. Knowles-D. Nestor d. J. Blake-J. Gimelstob 64 76(3)
(2)B. Bryan-M. Bryan d. D. Sanguinetti-S. Sargsian 63 64 :bounce:

Onto the finals against the #1 seeds Knowles/Nestor. Good Luck, Bryans!! Take the title! :D

02-23-2003, 10:24 AM

First Nestor/Knowles vs Bryan/Bryan of the new season! So wish I was there watching and rooting right now... This is gonna be some match! I'm sooo proud! :D

If the bros win this match they will even the record with the Gulliksons in most ATP titles won by brothers. They'll have 10 titles together. :D

YAY! Let's go Bryans!! Let's kick some Nestor/Knowles @@s! :bounce::bounce::bounce:

02-23-2003, 09:23 PM
1-0 for Nestor and Knowles :sad:

The # 1 seeds won by 6-2 7-6(3) :(

Great tournament though! Too bad about the finals

Off they go to Acapulco...

02-24-2003, 12:46 AM
Seven years after winning their first Kroger St. Jude title, Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor captured their first ATP title of the year with a 6-2, 7-6(3) victory over second seeds Bob and Mike Bryan. Knowles and Nestor, the World No. 1 doubles pairing who captured six titles together last year, avenged their loss to the Bryan brothers in the Basel final last October, and had only won two of their last six meetings before today's final.

"We were very fortunate today," said Nestor. "The last couple of times we've played Bob and Mike, they have had the better of us."

Knowles and Nestor were appearing in their third final of the year, having lost in Doha (to Damm/Suk) and the Australian Open (to Llodra-Santoro). "It's nice to get a win in the finals again after losing the last two in a row," said Nestor, who now has 27 career doubles titles, while Knowles captured his 25th.

The Bryan brothers were appearing in their third consecutive final having won in 2001 and losing to Brian MacPhie and Nenad Zimonjic last year. "It's déjà vu for us losing in the final," said Mike Bryan. "But we lost to the best doubles team in the world today." :sad: :sad: :sad:

it's okay, this was still a great tourney for them. and now they will play in Acapulco as defending champions, i believe. good luck to them. :) btw, do you know when the Bryans will play singles again?

02-24-2003, 03:30 PM
Yes indeed, they have a title to defend in Acapulco :)
Funny thing is that last year they guys went to Acapulco just to relax, have a fun week and play some tennis just for fun. What do you know... they end up winning the whole thing! :D
Let's hope they can do the same this year...

As for singles, on their schedule it says they would have singles opportunities in Acapulco. But since they were playing the finals in Memphis, they couldn't play the quallies. So I guess no singles this week. Del Rey (starting march 3rd) was also listed as possible singles opportunity and I'm quite positive they will be playing singles in River Oaks (starting april 1st)

02-24-2003, 03:34 PM
Draws for Acapulco:

The brothers are again seeded #2 after Nestor/Knowles. They will be playing the Argentinian (spell?) duo of Lucas Arnold and David Nalbandian in the first round.

Good luck boys!! :bounce::bounce:

02-25-2003, 01:09 AM
Good Luck in the 1st round! :bounce: :bounce:

Thanks for all the news, btw. They have a great chance in that Del Ray tournament which usually doesn't have a strong field. it will be a good tourney for them to get comfortable playing singles again. :)

02-25-2003, 09:01 PM
Del Rey will depend...

If the brothers do well in Acapulco, they won't be in Del Rey in time to play the quallies... And I really want them to do well in Acapulco... mmm

Oh well, River Oaks seems like a practically sure thing though. Although they won't get any points for that one, it's all the more experiance

Go Mike and Bob! :bounce::bounce:

02-25-2003, 11:13 PM
Good luck in Mexico, twins! :D

Hey guys :wavey:

02-26-2003, 12:20 PM
:wavey: Hurley

now we have 3 fans here to cheer for the Bryan Twins. :D

too bad Del Ray won't give them wildcards into the singles main draw since it is an American tourney :(

02-26-2003, 04:54 PM
:wavey: Hurley!

Good to have you in here. We can always use some more Bryan rooters... As you may have noticed, we are not in great numbers in here yet :D

Don't know anything 'bout Del Rey and wildcards. It would be great if they got one, but I doubt it.

For Mexico (wish I was there now actually, I'm sick of winter, I need some sunshine :D): Mike and Bob are playing today!!

Go Mike and Bob!! Trash those Argentines! :D :bounce::bounce:

02-26-2003, 05:13 PM
No, unfortunately the Bryan Bros. won't be recieving wildcards into the singles main draw at Del Ray. Chang and Kim are getting them instead. :rolleyes:

Today's match for the brothers is against Arnold/Nalbandian. Good Luck to them. :D

02-27-2003, 04:29 PM
Oh oh! My boys did some trashing! Wooo!! :D

Bryan/Bryan d. Nalbandian/Arnold 60 62 :bounce:

Way to go, Mike and Bob! Keep those wins coming!

Next up: Chela/Calleri, today, last match, court 2.

GO MIKE AND BOB!! :bounce::bounce:

02-28-2003, 12:22 AM
Go Mike and Bob!! We wanna see another thrashing like the last match!! :bounce:

02-28-2003, 07:13 PM
They won again!! :D Whoohoo!! :bounce::kiss::bounce:

Bryan/Bryan d. Calleri/Chela 46 63 62 Yay!! :bounce:
Quarters: Ferrer/Vicente vs Bryan/Bryan today!!

Go guys!! :kiss:

GO MIKE!!:bounce: GO BOB!!:bounce: GO MIKE!!:bounce: GO BOB!!:bounce: GO MIKE!!:bounce: GO BOB!!:bounce:
(feeling very hyper today... too much coffee, not enough sleep... :D)

02-28-2003, 08:41 PM

In all my excitement of the day, I made a mistake... *she says hiding in shame*

Our guys are already in the semies! Yay! And not quarters, as I said before. :o

Sorry, had a very busy week, too many patients, not enough sleep... the people at the hospital are making me work way to hard... (only kidding, love the job :angel: )

Anyway, sorry about the mixup. Go Mike and Bob!! :bounce:

02-28-2003, 10:47 PM
Oh wow, go Mike and Bob! Hope you guys win the title! :bounce: (just two more matches to go... :D)

03-01-2003, 04:32 AM
The Bryan Twins lost their semi 7-6,(8), 4-6, 6-1 to Ferrer/Vicente. :( :sad:

It's okay, they have to look to the future and defend their Scottsdale final next week. Hopefully we'll get another Bryan Bros vs. Knowles/Nestor clash in the finals, with Mike and Bob winning for a second straight year. :D

03-01-2003, 09:17 AM
Aw :( Too bad they lost.

But up too Scottsdale indeed! And yes, another Bryan Bros vs. Knowles/Nestor clash would be great. Revenge for Memphis will come soon... ;)

03-01-2003, 09:36 AM
Ohoh, wait a minute... weren't they playing Del Rey next? They played Scottsdale last year (and won, yay! :D) but on their schedule it says that the brothers will be playing Del Rey this year.

I seem to be very confused this weekend... :confused:

03-01-2003, 02:59 PM
Lol, me too then. Okay, no Scottsdale for the Brothers. Good Luck to them in Del Ray! :D

03-01-2003, 03:29 PM
I have actually no idea where Mike and Bob will be playing next week... If I wasn't confused already, I sure am now.

On their schedule it says Mike and Bob are playing Del Rey. But I was just on and Mr Bryan has been updating saying it could be Del Rey or Scottsdale. That Bryan family is really confusing me :confused: :D

So now I don't know where they are playing. Guess I'll just have to wait for the draws to come out...

Oh well, wherever the twins are playing: GO MIKE AND BOB!! :bounce::bounce:

03-02-2003, 10:58 AM
Yay! I found it!

Leo, looks like you were right all along! :D The brothers are playing Scottsdale. Guess they had too many points to defend there.

Mike and Bob play Pavel/Vicente in the first round. The twins are seeded second, again after Nestor/Knowles. So a revenge match is still possible... But let's take it one match at a time (don't want to jinx anything...) :D

Let's go Mike and Bob!! :bounce::bounce:

03-03-2003, 01:42 AM
Good Luck to Mike and Bob! :bounce: I hope they can defend all their points here and win their first doubles title of the season. :bounce:

I also noticed Lleyton Hewitt/Mark Philippoussis in the doubles draw.. I wonder how they do together.

03-04-2003, 03:37 PM
Apparently Hewitt/Philippoussis aren't doing that bad. They advanced to the quarters 63 46 61 over Prieto/Nalbandian. Mmm, interesting couple to watch... :D

And oh my god, did you notice? We are already on page 6!! Look at what ramblers we are... lol! Yay for us!! :D

As for the twins, I think they are playing tomorrow. Good luck Mike and Bob!! :bounce::bounce:

03-04-2003, 11:55 PM
Wow, this is terrific. There were only 2 pages to this thread about a month ago but the two of us have really revived it! :D

Good Luck to the defending champs tomorrow! :bounce:

03-05-2003, 04:36 PM
Haha! Well even if there is just the two of us in here... I'm having a great time! :D

Go Mike and Bob!! :bounce::bounce:

03-05-2003, 04:55 PM
This is a pic from Acapulco. It was on the Acapulco picture II thread, posted by Jorge (hope you don't mind me putting the pic in here, Jorge...) :D

03-05-2003, 04:57 PM
Hey, what did just happen? Isn't there supposed to appear a picture now? Or is it because I linked it to a URL from

Oh anyway, you've got the link :)

03-05-2003, 05:03 PM
Just felt like adding some more pics... Yeah, I knew you wouldn't mind :D

03-05-2003, 05:09 PM
Want more?

03-05-2003, 07:40 PM
I'm on a roll now... :D

03-06-2003, 12:08 AM
Wow, keep it up Ellen! I love those pics, especially the ones from Wimby. And it's nice to see some recent pics from Acapulco.

Anyway, their first round match is against Pavel/Vicente today. Good Luck Mike and Bob! :bounce:

03-06-2003, 11:05 AM
They won 6-1, 7-6(5). :bounce:

03-06-2003, 06:34 PM
Yeah!!! Go Mike and Bob!! :bounce::bounce:

03-06-2003, 07:07 PM
Leo! Glad you like the pictures! :D Those Wimby ones are great aren't they...

Here's some more yummy stuff:

03-06-2003, 07:18 PM,1.0&wid=250&hei=250&rgn=0,0,0,0&cvt=jpeg

From Stanford:

With their coach (Craig Edwards):

Bob and Brie Rippner (1999 WTT)

03-06-2003, 07:20 PM
Bryan Brothers are playing Arthurs/Hanley next!

Good luck Mike and Bob! :bounce::bounce:

03-08-2003, 02:26 AM
Hey guys!
i figure i'd make an appearance, although u guys seem to be fine with just two!
the bros seem to be playing well, hopefully mike's wrist won't cause too much problem.
Go Mike and Bob! :D

03-08-2003, 03:08 AM
:wavey: mnm85. you should join us here more often, the more the merrier. :D anyway, says the Bryan Twins still have to play their quarterfinal match against Arthurs/Hanley tonight. but i'm going to bed now so i'll have to check in the morning. Good Luck, Mike and Bob! :bounce: :D

07-01-2003, 03:04 AM
Ellen, we're back in acxtion with the BB thread! :bounce:

Now let's cheer for the new RG doubles champions:

PARIS June 7, 2003

Bryans Rock Roland Garros
Americans become the most successful team of brothers in the Open era.
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Mike Bryan (right) is on the verge of claiming the No. 1 doubles ranking.

American twins Bob and Mike Bryan became the most successful team of brothers in the Open era Saturday when they captured their first Grand Slam doubles title at Roland Garros. The Bryans defeated defending champions Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Paul Haarhuis 7-6(3) 6-3 to claim their 11th team title - one more than Tim and Tom Gullikson, who previously shared the record with the Bryans for most tournaments won by a team of brothers.

By winning the title, Mike and Bob move to No. 2 and No. 3 respectively in the Doubles Entry Rankings. Mike (4700 points) will be within five points of new world No. 1 Max Mirnyi (4705) when the new rankings are released Monday. With Mirnyi having 155 points to defend next week at the Stella Artois Championships (he reached the final last season), Mike has every chance of taking the No. 1 ranking. (Mike has just five points to defend from a first-round loss at the tournament last year.)

The Bryans' victory comes 10 years after American brothers Luke and Murphy Jensen won the Roland Garros title. They are just the third team of brothers to win a Grand Slam doubles title in the Open era. (Sandy and Gene Mayer also won Roland Garros in 1979.)

On Friday Mike won the mixed doubles title with Lisa Raymond. (Mike won the US Open mixed doubles title with Raymond last year, defeating brother Bob and Katarina Srebotnik in the final.)

In the first set of Saturday's final the Bryans were broken twice but on both occasions immediately broke back. The decision - against conventional wisdom - for left-handed Bob to play in the deuce court and right-handed Mike to play in the backhand court continued to prove a winner in the second set. The Bryans broke Haarhuis-Kafelnikov three consecutive times to close out the match, breaking to love in the final game.

Working with new coach Philip Farmer, the Bryans advanced to the final without losing a set, dropping five games or fewer in three victories and dropping seven games in two other matches, including their 6-4, 6-3 win over in-form duo Leander Paes and David Rikl in the semifinals.

The Bryans' two titles in 2003 have come on clay, having won Barcelona in April. They had played Kafelnikov twice this season, losing to the Russian and Wayne Ferreira in the final of the Pacific Life Open and the same pairing at the Telecom Italia Masters.

Just as they did in the Barcelona final, the Bryans wrote "Tim" on their shoes in memory of Tim Gullikson and ther history they share with the Gullikson brothers. "That's unbelievable, that we're considered one of the best brothers of all time," said Mike. "We're going to dedicate this match to them because they've been big inspirations. We know Tom and we knew Tim and they helped us out when we were little."

Bob said: "We were mentally strong and pulled together. We wanted this one so bad."

In 2002 the Bryans reached the semifinals at Wimbledon and the US Open, and won the Tennis Masters Toronto title.

Both Kafelnikov, 29, and Haarhuis, 37, were attempting to win a fourth Roland Garros doubles title. Kafelnikov has four Grand Slam doubles titles and was previously unbeaten in Grand Slam doubles finals. Haarhuis, who has won each of the other Grand Slam doubles titles once, has six Grand Slam doubles titles.

07-01-2003, 03:06 AM
And more good stuff:

NEWS June 11, 2003

Bryan Brothers Meet the Press
Four days removed from their first Grand Slam title, Bob and Mike Bryan reflect on their historic achievement.

Bob and Mike Bryan are the most decorated team of brothers in the Open Era.
Bob and Mike Bryan took some time away from the Stella Artois Championships in London to sit in on a media conference call on Wednesday to speak about their experiences over the past week.

The Bryan's Roland Garros title made them the most successful team of brothers in The Open Era with 11 titles, one more than Tim and Tom Gullikson, to whom they've dedicated their Roland Garros victory.

Q. Regarding Phillip Farmer, I guess directed to Bob first, then Mike, how did you get involved with Phillip as your coach? How much has he helped your game?

MIKE BRYAN: Well, we met Phillip when he was working with (inaudible) Schneider maybe a couple years ago. But I went to Joplin, a challenger, early in the year. I went by myself. Phillip was there working with another player. He warmed me up for my matches, gave me some game plans. I won the challenger. It went really well. We were really happy with it.

But he started working with us -- Roland Garros was his third tournament with us. He started in Rome. He's an extremely hard worker. He gets in there in the weight room with us. He stretches us out. He scouts the matches. He has extremely good game plans for each match. He's very organized and professional. We're really happy working with Phillip.

Q. If you guys could both break it down mentally and physically, what do you think it was that brought your game to the next level together to win this Grand Slam title?

MIKE BRYAN: Well, to win a Grand Slam, you got to do everything right. We got there a week early to Paris. We got settled in our hotel, and we started working really hard, had like four or five practice matches before. When the tournament started, we were ready to go. We started off and just the momentum was building. We took one match at a time before the day started where we said Round 1, and then we just kept building.

You know, mentally it's tough because we were never in that situation before, never been in a Grand Slam final. When we went out there, we just told ourselves we got to believe and we got to be confident. We knew nerves were going to come into play, but I thought we fought them off pretty well.

BOB BRYAN: We were really strong mentally, because actually Mahesh Bhupathi told us that Grand Slam finals aren't about tennis, it's all mental. I think that was the case.

We got broken four times. I don't think we've ever won a match in the last five years where we've got broken five times. We're both good servers. In the past, that might have just freaked us out. But we stayed mentally tough the whole way through. That carried us through the Grand Slam final.

Q. Patrick McEnroe during the French Open mentioned he might have to start considering you guys for the Davis Cup, wondering if that's still a big goal of yours. Would you like to be named in September for the playoff against Slovak Republic?

BOB BRYAN: Obviously, when we came on the tour, Davis Cup was one of our biggest goals. Patrick McEnroe was in Paris watching all of our matches. He was really positive towards our games. He also said, he wasn't there for the finals, but, "Don't worry about Davis Cup, guys, just go out there and play hard. It looks good for you guys."

Davis Cup isn't a real big goal coming up. It's pretty far down the road. It's in September. We have Wimbledon, US Open coming up, which is our biggest goals right now. We're not really thinking about Davis Cup. We're thinking about being No. 1 in the world, winning Wimbledon.

Q. Concerning Phillip, you talked about how organized he is, how he gets in the weight room with you guys. How important is that as a coach for a guy that's willing to get in there and do the dirty work with you guys to get you ready for tournaments?

MIKE BRYAN: I think it's really important because, I mean, when you put in all that work, you put in the long hours on the court, off the court, you're mentally prepared. You feel really confident going into each match. When you're not prepared, you're not as confident.

Down breakpoint, you know you've put in all the work, you're going to hit a good serve. With Phillip, we've put in a lot of hours. We've probably put in the most hours in those three weeks than we have in a long time. We had meetings off the court. He would come to our room every night before the match, and we'd all sit down and discuss game plans, get it in our mind, spend half an hour going over certain stuff.

We all work together. We call ourselves the wolf pack. We're all -- we have good chemistry between the three of us. You know, we all like each other a lot.

Q. The reaction you've been receiving from everybody, has your dad's heart rate returned to normal yet?

BOB BRYAN: It's been nice. We walked into Queen's. Everyone we saw congratulated us. When Andre Agassi comes up to you and gives you a hug and says, "Congratulations. How does it feel?," You know you've done
something special. I guess everyone in Queen's watched it on TV, in the locker room. I guess there were a hundred people down there watching it. I mean, it's fun going into a tournament, everybody shakes your hand and says, "Great job."

MIKE BRYAN: Also, our e-mails have been flooded. Their e-mails are getting returned because our box is full. We have already gotten 250 e-mails. Any chance we get, we're trying to crank out 10 at a time, in between practice sessions, trying to write back everyone a personal response.

I mean, it's awesome. My parents drove by our high school, they have a banner out already that says, "Congratulations, Mike and Bob." It's just been awesome. Everyone has given us great support. I mean, every day there's something new that just makes you smile.

Q. Have your dad's feet touched the ground yet?

BOB BRYAN: He's pumped. My mom is building a trophy case at the house. The carpenter was over there last night. They had a barbecue, put the trophies out. They're loving it. We're all loving it. We're all flying. We're all in the clouds.

Q. Have you spoken to Tom Gully? If so, what was that conversation

BOB BRYAN: We haven't spoken to Tom yet, but my dad -- he knows my
dad's e-mail address and he's been sending some great e-mails. He's just
saying he's proud of us. He knew we'd break the record. Actually, before each time we got in the position, he was sending us great support in the e-mails. I guess he called my parents. We haven't spoken to him personally yet. I'm sure we'll see him at Wimbledon. He'll come up and give us a hug, say, "Great job."

We're great friends of him. He always says that twins got to stick together. I think it's made our doubles a little stronger because we're never going to get up on each other. Mike has a bad day, I have a bad day, we're both going to stick together.

Q. You guys have always been strong supporters of doubles. Did you
need this title particularly to really give legitimacy to your support of
it? What does it do for you in terms of that?

MIKE BRYAN: I mean, we've always loved doubles. We've had doubles
goals from the very beginning. Yeah, we wanted to help out doubles. We
know if we won a Grand Slam, we could popularize doubles and help doubles
out. Doubles is kind of slipping. They need a big team, they need some fun. Crowds want to come see us play because we're twins. I think we needed to win a big Grand Slam to be put on the map.

Q. Did you ever feel like a novelty act?

BOB BRYAN: Yeah, sort of. I mean, we were always one of the top teams, but we never won a big one. We beat everyone and we won tournaments, but a Grand Slam, I mean, would definitely put us in that top echelon. We wanted to be up there.

Q. Bob, do you buy the arguments that doubles is slipping, and
should it? Is it just as good, just as important as singles?

BOB BRYAN: Yeah, I mean, we definitely feel it is. I think a lot of the fans across the world think it is. I think 90% of people play doubles. You don't see two 65-year-old men out there grinding on the singles court. Everyone plays doubles.

I mean, we've always had good crowds. I think if tournaments and the ATP got the doubles players' names out there more, made these players more popular, I think it could grow. We're going to try to help that out. We've always put doubles a little bit ahead of singles. This was our goal, was to win a Grand Slam. We wanted to win singles Slams, but this was our goal, to win the doubles.

Q. Why is that? To do it together?

BOB BRYAN: To do it together. If I won a singles Slam, I think Mike would feel a little left out. To do it together is better, I think, just because we're always together. Now we have double the pleasure.

MIKE BRYAN: And to be a team and to stick together. I mean, my parents would rather see us win a doubles title. I mean, we're twins. The whole family is out on the court. It's not just one of us. It's the Bryan name out on the court. It's very special.

Q. Has the victory soaked in yet? What are your plans for the next
few weeks? What do you think it will soak in?

MIKE BRYAN: Actually, it's starting to sink in. The first couple days, it didn't really hit us. I mean, we went out, we were tired. But once we walked into Queen's, we saw the reaction from all our friends, the players, even the fans, now it's starting to sink in. We know what we've done.

Just looking at our e-mail box, seeing how many people we've touched, it's pretty amazing. I mean, we've worked our whole lives for this. We have had this goal since we were six years old to win a doubles Grand Slam. Right when you do it, you realize how much hard work you put in. Now if everything goes wrong in the rest of our careers, we at least have a Grand Slam. It's kind of cool.

BOB BRYAN: Yeah. But after the match, we all three sat down and we
talked for an hour. You know, we all came together, talked for an hour. We
wanted to use this to keep going. We all know what it takes now. We have
the mould of what it takes to win a Slam. I mean, this is going to help us a lot for the next Grand Slams we play. We're going to prepare the same way. We're not satisfied. We're going to keep trying to win these slams because this feeling is unbelievable. We want to keep chasing this feeling.

Q. What is your relationship like with Phillip off the court? How much does the good chemistry you talked about play a role in the success?

BOB BRYAN: We love Phillip. As young guys, we all love to hang out
together. We love music. He sings in our band now. I mean, we love going
out to clubs. It's cool because we love going to the gym, he likes lifting
with us. Before, we would go by ourselves. Now he's motivating us. He
goes in there with us and it keeps us fired up. Phillip is right here with us if you want to ask him a few questions. He's sitting on the bed with us.

Q. Have the endorsement calls been flying in?
BOB BRYAN: The endorsement calls?

Q. Yes.
BOB BRYAN: Sure, our agent, John Tobias, is working hard. He's letting us play tennis right now. I'm sure when we get home, he'll have some stuff for us to do.

Q. I hope that Double Minute chewing gum will call you guys.
BOB BRYAN: That would be fun. We've been trying to get that one for a while.

Q. Would that be a good one?
BOB BRYAN: It would be a fun one to do. We have a few good ones.
We have adidas, Wilson and Oakley. We're pretty thankful for them. They've
helped us out a lot.

Q. Is there going to be any greater emphasis by either/or both of
you guys on singles now? You've been saying your goal was the doubles. What now?

BOB BRYAN: Yeah, I mean, I really didn't know what was going to
happen here. I said, "Let me get that first Slam, I'll start working on the
singles." I don't think it's going to work that way now. We got this first
Slam. Now we just want to keep on going. We see a long road ahead in the
doubles. We have a lot of titles we want to win. We see Davis Cup. We see
the Olympics. This feels unbelievable.

MIKE BRYAN: Like a drug. You want more.

BOB BRYAN: You want more of it. I'm going to work hard on my
singles. I got a couple opportunities coming up. Hopefully this Grand Slam
title opens the door for some wildcards. I'm definitely not a doubles
special it. Mike is not either. We've played good singles in our career.
I'm just hoping this opens the opportunity so I can get out on the court and
prove myself in the singles.

Q. You don't consider yourselves doubles specialists?

BOB BRYAN: Definitely not. I mean, I have had some good wins out
here. I put singles on the back burner to do this right here, to win a
Grand Slam. I mean, this feels unbelievable. Better than any win I've ever

Q. Phillip, do you feel the guys are prepared on all of the
surfaces equally?

PHILLIP FARMER: Yeah, I do. It's funny, we talked about it
afterwards. One of their most comfortable surfaces or favorite surfaces, is
grass, which is exciting now. I had one reporter right after the finals ask
me what their favorite surface is. I'd have to say clay now. They semi-ed
in the US Open. They won Queen's, Newport I think two years in a row, going for three years coming up. They've semi-ed Wimbledon and the US Open. It really shows how well-rounded their games are, individually and as a team.Their singles and doubles individually and as a team, they're very
comfortable on all four surfaces (sic). It's exciting, because every time
we step on the court, even here at Queen's, we just feel very confident,
that every match we're in, we can win.

Q. You probably have to feel like you're on Cloud 9?

PHILLIP FARMER: It's very special. I mean, not only did both the
boys here have -- their huge goal was to win a Grand Slam. Even as a young
coach, I'll be 29 coming up in about a week, I started coaching seven years
ago. It's my seventh year coaching on the tour. I set a goal even for
myself that I wanted to coach a player or players to win a Grand Slam title.
Obviously that was a pretty high goal that I set. I mean, it's been a big
dream and passion of mine. I've worked very hard the last few years.
To get an opportunity to coach two amazing boys, twins, have it come
true with them, has been incredible. We've known each other many years.
I'm very good friends with the family, very good friends with each of them.
We all set the goal out there, we've worked extremely hard the last
month, month and a half. For it to come true is amazing. On top of it,
Mike won the mixed with fellow American Lisa Raymond, who the only Slam she hadn't won was the French Open. She's a good friend of mine, and theirs.
We won two out of the five Slams at the French. They didn't lose a set en
route to their first Grand Slam. The next morning I kind of went to their room, we just had to make sure it was true. We really did it. Yeah, it's special. It's special to do it with these guys who are great for the sport of tennis, USTA, everything they've done, just amazing competitors, amazing boys.

Q. Can you tell them apart?

PHILLIP FARMER: I finally can. I wasn't able to for a while there.
I didn't want to admit that. Ever since I started working with them, I've
been able to tell them apart. I got it down. Hopefully I don't choke.

Not sure if you heard, Ellen, but Pmac did say that he would choose Mike and Bob to play in the next DC tie for the USA this year (September), which will be played away on clay, now that they are GS Champions. They definitely deserve it! :D :bounce:

Mike and Bob have won another title on the grass going into Wimbledon so they are confident. :D

07-09-2003, 02:09 AM
The Bryan Twins lost in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon to Paes/Rikl. Oh well, good result and a good team to lose to. I'm sure they're looking forward to defending TMS Canada in the upcoming weeks! :D

Look at this result from Newport this week:

(WC)B Bryan (USA) d (Q)D Brown (JAM) 67(5) 63 64

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Happy to see Mike and Bon take a renewed interest in singles.

07-09-2003, 08:24 PM
Singles - Second Round
(WC)B Bryan (USA) d (Q)D Vemic (SER) 64 62

Bob does it again! Wow, keep this up! :bounce:

I took a look at the doubles draw and the Bryan Bros. are the top seeds here in Newport. They should have a relatively easy road to the championship. Pretty weak field.

07-11-2003, 04:54 AM
Bob does it once again! A 6-4, 6-3 win over tough, big-serving Frenchman Cyril Saulnier. And now Bob is into the semifinals of a singles event in, well, ages. Or is this his first? Anyway, I'm really mad that Fox Sports Net doesn't cover Newport this year like it has in the past. I would love to see Bob play again! I did get to watch the first set of the Roland Garros doubles final, though, and that was quite enjoyable. :D

07-11-2003, 06:40 AM
Go Bob. :bounce:

And thanks for the article! :)

07-12-2003, 01:39 PM
Woohoo!! We're up and running again! :bounce:

Hey Leo! Long time no see. I finally got to that gotennis thing but at one time I couldn't get on anymore... Great to hear from you again! :hug:

Sorry, it took me a while to get here. But it's great to be back! :) And ever greater: all our rambles are still on here! I thought all my hard work and smart insights ;) had been lost forever... :lol:

And can you get enough of this? "Mike and Bob Bryan, 2003 French Open Doubles Champions" :notworthy: to Mike and Bob! :lol:

Anywho: the bryan brothers are doing fabulous! Well, one brother at least... Mike is out with a pulled oblique muscle. So no defending the Newport doubles title for a 3rd time. Oh well, Mike should take care of his injury first. Don't want to be risking any more and maybe bigger tourneys. Get well soon Mike!

Bob in the semies! Woo!!! Go Bob!! Although I always find it a little weird to root just one brother on, he is doing so great and it is fabulous to see him do so well in singles too!

Bob is playing Melzer today. So GO BOB!! :bouncy::bouncy:

Tinne (decided to use my real name from now on...:))

07-12-2003, 05:04 PM
I know, it took forever for the gotennis board to be up and running again. I don't particularly like the new look over there. :mad: But I'm so excited that all our great posts and pictures here are still intact; I thought this thread was gone for good and all our hard work had gone to waste!

Mike :sad: I was wondering why they weren't playing any doubles matches in Newport since they were in the draw. But I think this is a smart decision for him to rest up, since this will be a busy summer. Mike has to defend the TMS Canada doubles title with Bob, and also the US Open mixed doubles title with Lisa!

And one last cheer for Bob today in his semifinal match (I think he can beat Melzer): :bounce: Go Bob! :bounce:

07-12-2003, 05:10 PM
This is our thread's 100th post! :bounce: And we have the biggest thread on the USA forum, Tinne! :)

07-12-2003, 05:27 PM
Congrats you two. Lots of love and support shown to Mike and Bob in here. :)

07-12-2003, 06:21 PM
Hey Aerian! Hope to see you around here some more on the BB thread. We could make it a threesome. :D

07-12-2003, 06:24 PM
Congrats you two. Lots of love and support shown to Mike and Bob in here. :)

Thanks Aerien! Good to have you here!

Mike and Bob (and their family) really are great people to support. I don't think I've ever seen a player give as much support to their fans as Mike and Bob do. They are such sweet guys and graet players too, of course! :lol:

So now I have to make some promotion ;):
if you like the twins and want to know more about them go to:
and visit the messageboard wich gives the fastest updates available on anything that has anything to do with Mike and Bob:

@ Leo: the gotennis board is up and running again? I haven't seen it yet. Well, I don't have to anymore now... :lol:

And just one more thing: of course Bob can beat Melzer! GO BOB GO!!! :bouncey::bouncey: (knock on wood :))


07-12-2003, 06:26 PM
My bounceys are not working anymore! :o

GO BOB GO!! :bounce::bounce:

07-12-2003, 06:37 PM
Tinne, it's : bounce : , without the spaces of course. You were putting in an extra 'y'. ;)

Like my new signature? :D

07-12-2003, 06:56 PM
Oh god I hope I didn't jinx anything with that previous post... Bob is 0-6 and 0-1 down against Melzer...

Come on Bob!!! You can do it!!! :clap2::clap2:

07-12-2003, 06:57 PM
Uh-oh, Bob is down 6-0, 1-0 :eek: :sad: What is happening? I hope he is not injured. Maybe he is just nervous? Fight, Bob!

07-12-2003, 07:01 PM
Leo, the signature is great! Love it!! :D

And yeah, I saw what happened to the bounceys... It's all thes different boards, with all their different emoticons... I can't keep up anymore... :lol:

GO BOB GO!!! :bounce::bounce:

07-12-2003, 07:16 PM
Okay, 2-3 now in the 2nd set. I think it's on serve. Go Bob! :bounce:

07-12-2003, 07:20 PM
Bob's up 5-4 in the 2nd! Rarrrrrr! :bounce:

07-12-2003, 07:21 PM
God, these live scorings are going so slow... It's driving me crazy! :lol: Well, at least it's better than nothing...

Woo!!! 5-4 to Bob!!! Yayayay!! Go Bob!! :bounce:

07-12-2003, 07:23 PM
Hehe Leo, I always seem to get the scores right behind you... :lol:

07-12-2003, 07:30 PM
Yeah, the scores are too slow!

Anyway, Bob serves out the second set 6-4! :bounce: 1-0 Melzer in the 3rd.

07-12-2003, 08:17 PM
Too bad Bob lost... :sad:

But he played an amazing tourney! Nice going Bob!

Next week he'll play in the adidas exibition for the Tim and Tom Gullickson foundation. I don't know if Mike will be playing too, with the injury and all. He'd better take care of that first!

Go Mike and Bob!! :bounce::bounce:

07-13-2003, 02:45 AM
Yes, great tournament for Bob. Especially since this was his first ATP singles event in god knows how long! He should be very proud with his performance.

Awww, how cute that they'll be playing at the adidas exhibition for Tom and Tim. I heard Martina Hingis will be there as well. :)

07-13-2003, 01:21 PM
Hi everyone! Tinne posted this boards address on our messageboard and I thought I'd pop in to say hello! :D Way to go Bob this week in Newport. He played an awesome tournament. He should be playing singles in Indy the week of the 21st as well, since he received a wild card there too. GO BOB!!

07-13-2003, 02:04 PM
Hi everyone! Tinne posted this boards address on our messageboard and I thought I'd pop in to say hello! :D Way to go Bob this week in Newport. He played an awesome tournament. He should be playing singles in Indy the week of the 21st as well, since he received a wild card there too. GO BOB!!

Hey Amber :wavey:

Great you popped in!

Hey I didn't know Bob was playing singles in Indy too. Guess you'll have your hands full watching the twins then... :lol: But somehow I don't think you'll mind too much ;) Hope he'll do (at least) just as well! GO BOB!!

But it'd be great to see both brothers together again... I'm missing Mike already! :lol: Somehow it's just not the same to have just one of them out there...

@ Leo: I finally decided to change the name completely... I know, I'm horrible :lol: Sorry for all the confusion :D

07-13-2003, 04:07 PM
:wavey: Howdy Amber! Wow, he's playing Indy singles as well? That's a big event with a strong field, I'm very excvited for Bob! :D

LOL, okay Tinne. I'm glad you finally made up your mind on something. ;)

I think we're all suffering from Mike withdrawal. :sad:

07-13-2003, 07:37 PM
LOL, okay Tinne. I'm glad you finally made up your mind on something. ;)

:lol: yeah Leo, you know I'm just doing this to confuse you right ;) I might change back next week or something :lol:

07-13-2003, 10:44 PM
:lol: yeah Leo, you know I'm just doing this to confuse you right ;) I might change back next week or something :lol:


(in case you didn't know, that's me with the hammer and that's you getting nailed on the head ;))

Just kidding, of course. :lol:

Oh, I miss Mike and Bob! It's already been one day since one of them was playing! :sad: What will we do when the season ends and the twins aren't playing at all for two months?! I better not think about that now.

Just thought of something. I'll probably get to see Mike and Bob play in Houston this year, since the doubles championship is now held at the same venue as the singles championship! And we'll have great coverage this year, so.... :D

07-14-2003, 11:46 AM

(in case you didn't know, that's me with the hammer and that's you getting nailed on the head ;))

Just kidding, of course. :lol:

Oh, I miss Mike and Bob! It's already been one day since one of them was playing! :sad: What will we do when the season ends and the twins aren't playing at all for two months?! I better not think about that now.

Just thought of something. I'll probably get to see Mike and Bob play in Houston this year, since the doubles championship is now held at the same venue as the singles championship! And we'll have great coverage this year, so.... :D

:lol: Okay, I'll leave it like this then... :lol:

And: oh you lucky dog! You have tickets to the Masters Cup in Houston? That's great! :D I want full report when you go! ;)

Btw, I miss Mike and Bob too... :sad: :lol: Poor guys, if it was up to us, they wouldn't get time off ever! :lol:

07-14-2003, 12:51 PM
Yes, yes, we were told that Bob has a WC into Indy. :D Just loving the fact that he's getting a chance to play more singles. But you guys are definitely right, I miss Mike too!

@ Leo OMG, I can't believe you get to go to the Masters Cup! I'm so jealous I'm green! (Nice look, huh?!) We'll definitely be looking for a full report from you about it! could always use another fan experience story! (Shameless plug, I know...) LOL!

@ Tinne, don't worry...we'll do a GREAT job cheering Mike and Bob on from Indy. I just hope Mike is feeling well enough to play. Got my fingers crossed! :)


07-14-2003, 03:07 PM
LOL oh no, I meant that I might get to see Mike and Bob play on tv since ESPN has tons of coverage this year! I looked back at my post and I see how you could misunderstand me. Sorry for the confusion!

I would love to go to Houston to see Mike/Bob, Max/Mahesh, Juan Carlos, Roger, etc. but it interferes with my damn school schedule. :fiery:

Anyway, it's a little early but good luck to Bob in Indy! Make the most of your singles wildcard! Did Mike get one too?

07-14-2003, 03:31 PM
LOL oh no, I meant that I might get to see Mike and Bob play on tv since ESPN has tons of coverage this year! I looked back at my post and I see how you could misunderstand me. Sorry for the confusion!

I would love to go to Houston to see Mike/Bob, Max/Mahesh, Juan Carlos, Roger, etc. but it interferes with my damn school schedule. :fiery:

Anyway, it's a little early but good luck to Bob in Indy! Make the most of your singles wildcard! Did Mike get one too?

Oh you devious one! ;) Misleading us like that... Heavy punishments will follow. Be warned! :lol:

But yeah, don't tell me about interfering school schedules... If it weren't for those I would have seen Mike and Bob win their first grand slam :fiery:

Oh well, the brothers will just have to win Roland Garros again next year :lol:

07-14-2003, 03:37 PM
@ Tinne, don't worry...we'll do a GREAT job cheering Mike and Bob on from Indy. I just hope Mike is feeling well enough to play. Got my fingers crossed! :)


Hehe Amber, I never doubted you would do a fabulous job cheering our guys on! :D

Oh and I'll be sending a good luck letter some time this week together with the Mr Bryan book thing... I'll let you know when exactly

07-15-2003, 12:45 PM
Oh you tricked us Leo! lol I looked at your message again and realized that you did say something about coverage...but I guess in my jealousy induced green haze, I totally skipped over that line of the message! lol

As for Indy, it's never too early to start wishing them good luck! No, Mike didn't get a WC into Indy's singles draw...just Bob. Still haven't heard for sure whether Mike will be making the trip to Indy. Depends on how quickly that pulled muscle has healed. I've got my fingers crossed that he'll be there though!

We're thinking of heading to Houston next year for the Masters finalized plans yet, but it's been discussed some. Cross your fingers for me! I think it would be amazing to go to that. The top 8 doubles teams and the top 8 singles players. Wow! It'd be a dream come true to see Mike and Bob play that...

@ Leo, are you going to any tournaments this year or have you already been? Have you ever met Mike and Bob? Since I'm new to this little discussion of your's and Tinne's, I don't know much about you. (I know ALL about Tinne! lol Hey girl!) So spill it! How did you become a Mike and Bob fan? You seem to be a pretty big fan...are you going to enter the contest we're holding? You could win a Bryan Bros. Band CD. Can't get it anywhere else! ;) Did I convince you yet? (Still haven't gotten your entry Tinne! I'm Ok, off the shameless yeah, basically tell me about yourself. :)

Wow...that was a long post. Didn't intend for it to be when I started it. Oh well! :)

07-15-2003, 02:33 PM
Woo! Houston huh. I'll definately keep my fingers crossed for you! Would be fabulous if you could go! :D

And that entery, god it's giving me nightmares... :lol: only joking... It's a work in progress. But it's starting to be a kinda long process, because my creative mind decided to go to strike or is taking a long beach vacation or something. :lol: But don't worry, I'll get it in in time! Don't wanna miss the chance of winning that cd ;)

07-16-2003, 04:08 AM
Hey Amber. Yeah, I'll be going to the US Open this year. I'm probably going to get tickets for the day session on Labor Day (the second Monday) and hopefully a night session during the first week. If scheduling works out, I might get to see Mike and Bob play a dubs match after all, or maybe practicing on an outside court? I don't know, we'll see, maybe I can get lucky! :D

I first saw Mike and Bob playing on tv at the US Open in 2001 - in singles. Bob lost to Pat Rafter in a pretty entertaining first round encounter and I remember he came up with one of the points of the championship, hitting some excellent diving volleys that forced Rafter into an error on the pass. His net coverage really impressed me! And then I got to see a bit of Mike that same day as he played Agassi. Tough draws, eh? But at least it gave me a look at the twins and their games/talent. Ever since then I've been cheering them on to beat the doubles record for brothers on the ATP and was so excited when they accomplished that feat this year!

Oooh, what's this contest all about? Care to share a few details? I've always wanted to hear Mike and Bob's band. I've been hoping that they do some live concert during a tournament with coverage so I could get a sneak peek at them playing. And do you guys know who else is in the band? I once heard that Andy Roddick tried a bit of singing with the brothers' band! :eek:

Uh-oh Tinne, I'm in trouble? I guess I've been a very bad boy tricking you like that. :(

07-16-2003, 09:21 AM
Yes you have been! But the sun is shining and birds are singing, so I'll be the sweet one and let you off the hook this time.... ;)

About the contest: Amber's gonna kick my butt for not telling you earlier...;) sorry Amber... :o Don't want to much competition you know ;) Only kidding! Anyway, it's on Amber's site: All you have to do tell them why you are a bryan bros fan. More info is on the site, you should check it out. Deadline is august 1st, 2003.

The BBB: They are fabulous! Mike plays the drums and sometimes guitar, Bob plays the keyboards, their dad sings. From time to time Andy Roddick and Jan-Michael Gambill join them. Well, actually Amber should be telling you this. She and her sister saw the band last year in Washington! I'm still green with jelousy! :lol:
If you want to hear some of their stuff, you should take a look at the site. There are some parts on there (including Andy rapping Ice Ice Baby...).

07-16-2003, 10:57 AM
Hey! Well, since Tinne pretty much answered all your questions I don't know what else I can say. lol Thanks Tinne! :D The contest is on and we are giving 5 winners a Bryan Bros. Band CD called "Take Two" which is quite enjoyable! :) Also they will get 5 pictures of Mike and Bob, again enjoyable! lol All you have to do is tell us why you are a fan of Mike and Bob. Easy, huh?

As for how you became a fan, I've often wondered how many others were converted to Bryan-ism after the US Open that year. Bob's point was absolutely amazing. He was on his knees and he still managed to win the point! WOW! And Mike had a respectable showing against Andre. What more can you ask from them, considering their draws! We were happy though, because even though they got high ranked players we got to watch the matches because of it! Love that.

My sister and I did get to see the Bros. perform in their band last year in Washington DC. We went to the Legg Mason Tennis Classic and they play the player party there every year. Mike and Bob and their Dad (Wayne) got us in so that we could see them. :D We were very excited and taped the whole thing with my video camera. We have clips on the site of Andy rapping Ice, Ice Baby and of Mike playing the guitar while Bob plays the keyboards. We also have the audio up of them doing U2's "Beautiful Day". Very good. If you go to the Bryan Bros. Band page we have clips up of 3 of the songs on the CD. :) That way you have an idea of what you're getting if you win the contest! Be sure and enter!

We're going to the US Open too this year! We're going Thursday through Sunday of the first week. Probably won't see you there unless you come one of those days. And you'll find us where ever you find the twins. ;) We're also going to Cincinnati and a few days of Indianapolis. Fun! Indy is next week and I can't wait! Woooo!

Ok, another long reply. Somebody stop me! LOL

07-16-2003, 05:42 PM
LOL, okay so much to say.

Great, I'll definitely join the contest. Probably won't win, though, knowing my luck with these sorts of things.

Cool Amber, that's great that you'll be spending some time at the US Open too. Maybe I'll see you at one of Mike and Bob's matches. ;)

Thanks Tinne, for letting me off the hook. You are too nice. :D

*runs off to to hear clips of the band*

07-16-2003, 05:56 PM
Arg, I don't have Windows Media Player so those clips of the band don't work for me. :( Anyway, I have to say that Mike and Bob have excellent taste in tunes! I love Fleetwood Mac, U2, and the Dave Mathew's Band. :D

07-16-2003, 06:34 PM
Leo! Get windows media player! You have no idea what you're missing! :lol: The link to download is on the video site I think.

Btw, I heard the Dave Matthews band yesterday for the first time. They're pretty good. It's a shame they aren't better known here in Europe... :)

07-19-2003, 09:27 AM
Just went and checked the draws for Indy. Seems that Bob isn't in the main draw or in the quallies... :(

This gives me a kinda bad feeling for the doubles too... The doubles draw is not out yet, but I'm getting the feeling our guys won't be playing next week. :sad:

Well, I guess Mike should take all the time he needs to get better. Don't want him to start the US Open on an injury... Hope it's nothing too serious though...

I'm missing the guys already... :(

GO MIKE AND BOB!! :bounce::bounce:

07-22-2003, 11:11 PM
Well, Mike and Bob are not playing in Indy... :( Hope Mike will be better for Washington and they both get some rest to come out fiering!

Other news: Bob is in the Mercedes Play of the week at!! Go check it out. They show a very nicely put volley. :D

07-23-2003, 04:32 AM
Oh that's too bad that Mike and Bob had to pull out of Indy. :(

But I did see that nice volley point on, Tinne, and I also found this article on the Doubles Masters Cup this year:

July 22, 2003

The Contenders
The Tennis Masters Cup Doubles will add variety and extra interest to Tennis Masters Cup Houston in 2003-04. To be played concurrently with the year-end singles tournament, the Tennis Masters Cup Doubles will feature the eight highest-placed teams in the year-end ATP Doubles Race. Below are the leading teams in contention for one of eight spots.

Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan
The Californian twins (pictured above) won their first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros in June and have been to the semifinals or better of three Tennis Masters Series tournaments this season. This high-octane duo also has impressive head-to-head records against the big teams.
2003 titles: Barcelona, Roland Garros, Nottingham

Mark Knowles/Daniel Nestor
The runaway ATP Doubles Race champions of 2002 have won five titles in 2003 - including Tennis Masters Series Hamburg - and reached the final of the Australian Open.
2003 titles: Memphis, Acapulco, Houston, Hamburg, London

Mahesh Bhupathi/Max Mirnyi
The team reached five finals in eight appearances through Wimbledon, winning Tennis Masters Monte-Carlo and Estoril. Mirnyi, nicknamed "The Beast," claimed the No. 1 doubles world ranking midway through the season.
2003 titles: Monte-Carlo, Estoril

Leander Paes/David Rikl
The Indian and Czech duo have performed consistently well at the Masters Series and Grand Slams, reaching the semifinals or better in five tournaments at that level. In 1999 Paes reached all four Grand Slam doubles finals with countryman Bhupathi.
2003 titles: Dubai, Gstaad

Martin Damm/Cyril Suk
Damm, 31, and Suk, 36, are the veterans of the ATP doubles circuit, but remain a highly-effective duo. The pair has reached the quarterfinals or better at all five Tennis Masters Series tournaments played to date.
2003 titles: Doha, 's-Hertogenbosch

Jonas Bjorkman/Todd Woodbridge
Bjorkman and Woodbridge successfully defended their Wimbledon doubles title in July, marking Woodbridge's record eighth Wimbledon men's doubles title. Woodbridge has 76 career doubles titles, just two shy of Tom Okker's record of 78.
2003 titles: Halle, Wimbledon.

Michael Llodra/Fabrice Santoro
The French pair has played sparingly in 2003, coming together only six times through Wimbledon. The team won the Australian Open title in January and reached Tennis Masters Series titles in Monte Carlo and Rome.
2003 title: Australian Open

Wayne Arthurs/Paul Hanley
Teaming up for the first time in 2003, the Australians won the Rotterdam title in February and then the Tennis Masters title in Rome in May to jump into contention for a Houston berth.
2003 titles: Rotterdam, Rome


07-23-2003, 10:44 AM
Hehe! Déjà vue..... I just came in here to post that article. :lol:

Anyway: this was the pic that accompanied the article:

I just can't get enough of those brothers with the trophy... :p

07-23-2003, 10:45 AM
Oh and a nice little quote from Bob:

"We're going to keep trying to win these Slams because this feeling is unbelievable. We see a long road ahead of us in doubles. We have a lot of titles we want to win. We see Davis Cup. We see the Olympics. This feels unbelievable."

We want that too Bob!! :D

07-23-2003, 04:54 PM
Great ambition, Bob! We know you guys can achieve anything. :D

07-26-2003, 02:10 AM
Great news!!!!! :bounce::bounce:

Mike is on the better hand!!! Yay! Go MIKE!!! :lol:

Bob gave an exclusive update on Go have a look! Check the latest news section!

I'm so happy now! :lol:

GO BOB!!! in the singles :bounce::bounce:
GO MIKE AND BOB!!! in the doubles :bounce::bounce:

07-26-2003, 06:58 AM
Terrific news, Tinne! And obviously a huge relief for Mike and his fans. *phew*

07-26-2003, 02:05 PM
The Bryan Brothers band featuring Andy Roddick..... :lol: A pic from last year's player party in Washington.

And, unless I'm horribly mistaken, that is Bob on the keyboard not Mike.....

07-26-2003, 04:53 PM
You're probably right, Tinne. Bob usually plays the keyboard for the band. And maybe it's just a coincidence, but he's holding the microphone in his left hand in that picture, and Bob's a lefty...

People get the mixed up all the time, I guess. I remember a commentator (Mary Carillo) here in the states was blabbing about how great a mixed doubles team Lisa Raymond and Bob Bryan were, and I wanted to slap her and tell her it's Mike.

07-26-2003, 05:47 PM
Funny about the mix ups... When the guys were playing the French Open final, Holland tv aired the first set. The commentator was priceless. He was mixing Mike and Bob up all the time and in all the confusion he even mixed up Kafelnikov and Haarhuis.... :rolleyes:
At one time he was saying something about the twins' career and he was like: Bob already made it to the final of a grand slam in mixed doubles. It was at the US Open of last year... blablabla.... But not a word about Mike and Lisa being in that final and winning or them winning Roland Garros mixed the day before..... Commentators should do their homework a bit better now and then.... :lol:

But I was very gratefull that they at least showed 1 set of the match and it is to add that they got their facts straight in the summary later on ;)

07-27-2003, 04:53 AM
Hello hello hello!

Sorry I've been AWOL for a bit. Been busy enjoying my week off and watching a bit of tennis in Indy! :D FUN!

I just checked out the singles draw for DC and found that Mike has received a wild card into the main draw! Wooo! Go Mike! :D He will be playing another WC entry Andrew Carlson. Bob will be playing Amer Delic and should he win, he will face Andy Roddick, who received a bye in the first round. Should be a VERY interesting week for us Bryan fans! I'm so sad that I'm not there this year now that I know Mike is playing singles too! Last year we cheered Bob on and I'm feeling a little guilty about not being there for Mike! ;) And I might just want to go...but really it's all about being there for Mike! :D lol

I'm so happy that Mike is almost completely healed. I was kinda worried this might be a serious injury. It's great that Bob takes the time to do things like update us. Another reason I just love these guys! :)

Only 2 more weeks till Cinci! I'm getting so excited and I just can't wait! :D By the way Tinne, I got your stuff in the mail the other day. Thanks!

Cracked up about that pic from the player party last year. I looked at it and immediately busted out laughing because they mixed them up. Very funny! Course, that pic was more of Andy than of Bob...but what can you expect really? It's just something I've learned to live with. lol

07-27-2003, 01:14 PM
I'm so happy that Mike is almost completely healed. I was kinda worried this might be a serious injury. It's great that Bob takes the time to do things like update us. Another reason I just love these guys! :)

Great news about Mike! :D I'm so happy he's feeling better and ready to play. And if he's accepting a wild card into singles too, that must mean it's not bothering him too much anymore.
And really sweet of Bob to give an update! Thank you Bob! :D

Only 2 more weeks till Cinci! I'm getting so excited and I just can't wait! :D By the way Tinne, I got your stuff in the mail the other day. Thanks!

Great! Thanks for letting me know!

Cracked up about that pic from the player party last year. I looked at it and immediately busted out laughing because they mixed them up. Very funny! Course, that pic was more of Andy than of Bob...but what can you expect really? It's just something I've learned to live with. lol

Oh well, we can't be too picky with pictures that's for sure! At least one of the twins is in it! :lol:

GO MIKE!! :bounce::bounce: GO BOB!! :bounce::bounce: GO MIKE AND BOB!! :bounce::bounce:

07-27-2003, 05:13 PM
Doubles draw is out too! Mike and Bob play Roddick/Vahaly in the first round.

GO MIKE AND BOB!! :bounce::bounce:

07-27-2003, 06:38 PM
No. 1 twins talk tennis

July 27, 2003

Identical twins Bob (left) and Mike Bryan, 25, of Camarillo are the No. 1 ranked doubles team in the world. They have 12 career doubles titles, the most by brothers in the Open era. They captured their first Grand Slam title at the French Open in June.

Returning from a 13-week European tour that included their first Grand Slam title at the French Open, Star correspondent Rhiannon Potkey caught up with Camarillo's Mike and Bob Bryan, the No. 1 doubles team in the world, at their Spanish Hills residence and on the courts last week to discuss their tournament triumphs, the future and a variety of other topics.

S: Mike how is the rib injury you suffered during mixed doubles at Wimbledon?

M: It's starting to feel better. I wear a brace and put hot cream on it. I think it is just a stomach muscle pull in the left oblique. It used to hurt when I twist, but it is not that bad anymore.

Now that you have had a little time to reflect on your first Grand Slam title, how does it feel to be French Open champions?

B: It makes your life a lot more rosy.

M: It is just a dream come true. We worked every day for a Grand Slam slaving at Cabrillo (Racquet Club) since we were 6 just to get that and to be No. 1 in the world. You never know if you're going to do it, then all of sudden it happens and it is just, 'Wow. I don't' really believe it has happened.' Now it's starting to sink in and it feels really good.

B: It makes everything less stressful. On the court, if you are having a bad workout, before you were like 'Shoot, this is a bad workout and we are not going to win a Slam, now you just laugh.

You used to say that you wanted the first title to be the U.S. Open or Wimbledon. Does that matter now?

M: It doesn't matter. All four are the same. The Australian may be a little below, but the French, Wimbledon and the U.S. are pretty much at same level. Obviously, winning the U.S. Open being American would be unbelievable.

How has the reaction been from other players and fans?

M: The reaction has been great. When we were walking into Queens (Queens Club in England), everyone we saw came up to us and said congratulations and that they were happy for us.

B: We got so many e-mails from friends and family. They are still coming in as we clean out the box. We walked down the street in Paris and people were coming up and saying they saw the match. We went through airport, and people outside tennis that really didn't know who we were or care now recognized us. The greatest example was Queens. They are really strict with grass courts and we arrived at six at night. It was really dark. The courts close at 5 and no one can practice after that. But the tournament director came out and said they were cranking out the nets for us and to stay as long as we wanted.

Bob Bryan - "We want to peak for the (U.S.) Open, so if have a few good Masters Series we are going to do what we did at the French and just take the week before off."
Karen Quincy Loberg / Star staff

Mike Bryan - "It is just a dream come true. We worked every day for a Grand Slam slaving at Cabrillo (Racquet Club) since we were 6 just to get that and to be No. 1 in the world."

Before the French, you made a coaching switch, letting go of Craig Edwards and bringing aboard Phillip Farmer. Why did you feel the need to do that?

B: Craig did good job, but we just wanted to spark something, and it obviously was a spark. We were really enthusiastic about a new coach and it showed in our game. We went out there a little more fresh mentally. Everything was just more fresh and exciting.

Is the move a permanent one?

M: Yeah, he is full time. We can't fire him after the French Open.

B: We think we like him. We talked with our parents, and he is a good coach and works very hard. He is able to warm me up before matches. He is an extra hitting partner, which is good. He likes to work hard in the gym with us, and is a smart guy who is addicted to the courts. He stays out there and watches all the matches and knows everything about the opponents we play.

Does a day pass yet when you aren't reminded of the French victory?

M: I wake up every day think about it a little bit.

B: You wake up with a little smirk on your face. It takes the pressure off. After everything goes on in your career, you will always have that. You can enjoy life a little more. When you do something you are not thinking 'Is this going to hurt my Grand Slam chances?' Now we just go in there and relax a little bit. I think it will help in the future and I think we will win more now.

M: I think we can win one or two a year for the next five years. I would like to get one of each -- that would be cool. We'll get Woodbridge out of there, he has won eight.

With the first Grand Slam out of the way, what are the goals now?

M: We want to finish the year No. 1 individually and as a team and to keep that for rest of the year. We have the U.S. Open and a few Master Series tournaments left that would be nice to win. And then make the Olympics next year and play Davis Cup.

Speaking of Davis Cup, captain Patrick McEnroe told The Star right after the French that it would take something drastic happening not to pick you for the team. What are your thoughts about that?

M: When we were winning the French, we really didn't think about that. We were just stoked to win. Pat watched every match except the final. He said 'You are looking good for Davis Cup.' He knows we want to play. After we won, he said something like 'That one counts,' but we just wanted him to say congratulations. We don't want to have every match we play ride on Davis Cup. Now that we have won a Grand Slam, he said we had to do that to play. I don't think there is any more we can do. If he asks we are going to play. We always want to play.

B: It would be kind of nice if he would help me out with some singles wild cards. He is always saying we need to improve in singles play. If he is going to use us ,then throw me a bone and get me a U.S. Open wild card or something.

Because your agency, SFX, sponsors the Legg Mason Classic in Washington, D.C., you will not be able to participate in the Mercedes-Benz Cup July 28-Aug. 3 at UCLA this year. What are your feelings about skipping that event?

B: We are disappointed that Washington is going up against L.A. The Mercedes is one of our favorite tournaments because we love seeing everyone locally that only get to see us play like once or twice a year. But SFX does great a job with us, so we kind of have to do it. There was nothing we could about it.

You have often been described by other players and officials on tour as ambassadors of the sport because of all the exhibitions and clinics you take part in. Why do you feel it is so important to give back to the sport?

M: The game has done so much for us and we've made a living out of the game. If we can't give back, it is pretty selfish. We love kids and love helping them out. My dad has been big factor in it, too. He does so much for game and I think he has rubbed off on us a little bit.

B: When we were little kids, we were inspired by these guys, too. It's the reason we became so excited about game. When professionals would come up to us and just say hi or be nice we would just be flipping out. If I can take five seconds out of my day to sign an autograph for a little kid or ask him a question, that is the least I could do to help tennis in general.
Karen Quincy Loberg / Star staff

The fan interest in watching doubles action has been on a steady decline on the tour. What do you think needs to be done to improve that?

M: Marketing, I think. You need to get the names out there. Knowles and Nestor were No. 1 last year, and fans don't come watch them because they don't know who they are. If the tournaments would put names in the programs or throw doubles on TV a few times, I think it would make a difference. They put us on at the French Open, and when we came back to the states everyone knew us. We couldn't even walk around because people kept saying they saw us on TV and saying congrats.

B: One match on National TV on NBC and now probably 100 times as many people know us. That was just one match. Just imagine if they put the names in programs or maybe put the doubles draw up in front of tournaments.

How about the push to get more reputable singles players in the doubles draws?

M: It helps doubles a little bit. When people see Agassi in the doubles draw, it's obviously going to attract a crowd. It also makes it interesting with two guys staying back hitting groundies at two doubles players coming to the net. It provides a little variety. I didn't want them to change singles entry rules, but it actually is helping doubles a little. If we are getting bigger crowds, than it is good I guess. When they cut prize money, that was a little rough because they could have taken it from other areas not just doubles. That is going to hurt the game a little bit. If you are a little kid who likes doubles, only 20 guys in world can make a living playing doubles, so you will probably want to play golf.

The ATP has been talking with Grand Slam officials about increasing prize money and other financial issues. There has even been talk of a possible boycott. How involved have you been in the situation?

B: We know about it, but we haven't really gotten into it with the guys. A lot of the guys are really into it and talking about it every day, but we kind of stay out of it. We've signed a few things saying we will be on the ATP side if they want to play a different tournament instead of a Grand Slam. But our agent came up to us and said that was in violation of our clothing and racket contract, so we kind of got off of that.

Do you have any opinions on the subject?

B: The Grand Slams are making huge profits, and if you look at the other sports, the players are getting bigger chunks of cash.

M: In baseball, the players get 65 or 70 percent where in tennis, the players only get nine or seven percent of the gross income of the Grand Slams. That needs to change somehow to help the sport.

Now that you have been on tour for six years, what is the best part of being a professional tennis player?

M: It beats an office job. It's one of the best living you could have. You are traveling the world, and we like every tourney out there. Every city is beautiful and they put you in nice hotels. All our friends are out there with us, so it's kind of like a fraternity of guys. On the court it's cutthroat, but after the match it is cool and we just hang out with them and go to dinner.

What is the worst part?

B: We just hate the losing. We have learned to handle that better and better, though. In juniors it was the end of world. In college, you are bummed. On the tour, it's still hard, but we've learned to deal with it because you are playing so many matches you can't let it bother you that much.

Your European swing had you on the road for 13 straight weeks? How tough is it to complete a schedule like that year in and year out?

B: We definitely don't like being in Europe 13 straight weeks. But we also see that we have a short career, so we have got to do it while we're young because this is our only opportunity. We would obviously prefer if there was season like baseball has and we could play more tourney in the U.S.

M: We could have come back from Europe. We had the opportunity to, but stayed over there. It was a little bit of gamble because we knew we would be exhausted by the end. But on the other hand, we didn't get jet lag or have to readjust with the balls and surfaces. We played better. We were a little mentally drained at the very end, but I think it paid off.

What improvements do you feel you have to make in your games?

M: We can improve a lot of things. I can try to stay healthy a little more, and my serve can always improve. Its gotten better, but could add a few more MPHs and location.

B: I could do better sticking volleys and sticking second serves. We have played perfect at one time or another, we just need to get more consistent and do it every week. There have been matches where we said that is how we want to play. Clemente and Escude was one of those. There have been a couple model matches, but we just need to have more of those and do it week in and week out.

M: We are doing better, but we are just perfectionists. We have played more perfect matches this year than last year. Last year we had 2 or 3 where beat a team 0-1, 0-2, this year we've had 10-15 where we just blitzed a team.

How long do you foresee yourselves playing on the tour?

B: I plan on going until 32 or 33.

M: Bob feels a lot different than me. I'm just happy every week I get out there. My left hip is bone on bone and my knee, my wrist have given me trouble. Bob never has been to the trainer, never stretched. He is gumby. I work more in the gym on my body than on the court.

B: I put in twice as much time on court than Mike. He is using an extra two to three hours a day in the gym

Mike, do you plan on trying to play any more singles?

M: If I go hard I can play 2 singles matches, but by the third day I will be stiff.

B: He has tried a few times this year, and we have no chance at doubles because he is just too stiff.

Music has always been a big part of your life. What is the latest on that front?

M: We played a gig at Wimbledon, our second annual gig on the middle Saturday. We played in a bar and a lot players came. CNN and USA Today were there. Anyone who wanted to come up and a sing a song could. The guys from the Buddy Holly play came and we played for about two hours. We are going to play a few gigs in D.C.

B: We still play a lot on the road. We will download songs at night and learn songs.

M: I started playing the guitar about a 1 1/2 ago because my wrist was killing me, and I couldn't play the drums.

With Pete Sampras pretty much in retirement with a family, and Agassi expecting his second child, have you thought at all about your personal life or when you will settle down?

B: In the near future for me, tennis is the first priority. I just want to focus on the career and stuff like that. I definitely make time for my personal life, but I want to get business done first and then spend the time with the other stuff.

M: I want to definitely play. I don't want to be settling down in the prime of my career. Maybe think about marriage after 4 or 5 years. A lot of guys do it while they are playing, but it is hard. You are playing 13 straight weeks out of the year, and that is not the kind of life you want to have with a family.

How much of an advantage is it to be twins?

B: It is definitely fun. You don't feel the same when you are separated. You always want to stay in contact. Even later in life we want to live near each other. That is just the way it is because we are so close. Beneficial on the court because we know each other so well and communicate well. When we get our stuff done, it is like magic sometimes. But it is also a disadvantage because sometimes we bring the brotherly crap onto the court. Say I take the shirt he wants to wear for the match, and we argue about that onto stadium court one night. That is not good. It's not as professional as it could be, but it's also got some serious advantages.

What do you think about the Web site -- -- created by a group of girls from around the world called the Doublemint Crew that has been dedicated to you?

B: Looked at it quite a bit the last month. Amazing how they update it every day. Reading some of the fan encounters makes you feel like a superstar, but it is just a couple of teenage girls out there. They come to our matches and bring a banner and give us gummy bears every week and take a picture after every practice we do. We have talked to them, and they are nice girls.

Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde have 61 doubles titles as a team. After breaking the Gullikson's record for titles by a team of brothers in the Open era, are there any plans to go after the Woodie's record?

M: We are not going for that many titles. We are on pace if we play for another ten years, but I don't even want to think about 61 titles when we only have 12. I don't that is feasible. I don't think we could ever catch that unless we start winning every tournament and just dominating.

B: I'd like to get 35 or 40.

How did it feel to break the Gullikson's record since they have been such an inspiration in your career?

M: You never even know if you are going to get that. Obviously we were confident we would do it sometime in our career. It's great to do. They have been really great to us.

B: Tim's family came up to me in Cape Cod and thanked us for remembering Tim and writing his name on our shoe and grip. We have a lot of respect for them, and they helped us out a lot when we were little and gave us some pointers.

After Legg Mason, you are scheduled to play in Montreal, Cincinnati and Long Island before the U.S. Open. What are you plans for that stretch?

B: We want to peak for the Open, so if have a few good Masters Series we are going to do what we did at the French and just take the week before off. That was key for us there that we took a week off. We went to the French, got fresh and strong and lifted weights.

M: We got into a good routine there. Practice in morning, doing weights, practice in the afternoon. We got used to the courts, they were a little different speed, got used to that balls that were a little more heavy.

B: We weren't wasting energy by walking around and shopping. We were just sitting around and resting.

What is the first thing you do when you arrive back in Camarillo?

M: We drop our bags in the garage and leave them there.

B: We don't unpack the bags for like two weeks. The first thing we do is go right to the music room upstairs.

M: We have to eat at Eggs N Things in the morning and then Somis Market for lunch. The rest of the time we just go to the pool or the beach. We don't like to do much. Just sit our butts and be lazy.

During the French Open, you ate Mexican omelets and croissants every day for breakfast and dined at the same Chinese restaurant for dinner. Any ideas for the U.S. Open (Aug. 25-Sept. 7)?

B: Room service. When you come home from long day it is the easiest way. It might cost twice as much, but it is worth it on a long day.

M: We always eat right. We have pasta and chicken before matches.

B: We've ever been into sodas or candy.

M: We will find a place in New York and stick to it. Some deli or something.

07-28-2003, 07:49 PM
Mike and Bob are paying their singles today!!

Mike is playing in about 15 min and Bob is playing at 5:30pm Wahington time!

GO MIKE!! :bounce::bounce:
GO BOB!! :bounce::bounce:

07-29-2003, 04:32 AM
They both won :D

I hope to see some rapidly rising singles rankings to go along with a couple doubles titles within the next few weeks :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

07-29-2003, 09:54 AM
They both won :D

I hope to see some rapidly rising singles rankings to go along with a couple doubles titles within the next few weeks :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Hey Hurley! Great to see you in here! :D

Yes they did! Way to go Mike and Bob! :bounce::bounce:

Mike is up against Nicolas Massu next and Bob will take on Andy Roddick! Yikes! Wonder what sparks that might bring..... :lol:

The bros play doubles today: Bryan/Bryan vs Roddick/Vahaly. Will this be a little preview of tomorrow? ;) This is what Bob said about it:
"I'm going to go out there and have fun. He's favored and I don't have high expectations for me. He's going to be favored in singles but we'll be favored in doubles."

GO MIKE AND BOB! :bounce::bounce:

07-29-2003, 10:02 AM
Mike is actually playing LL Noam Okun who replaced Nicolas Massu in the main draw.......

GO MIKE! :bounce::bounce: GO BOB! :bounce::bounce:

07-30-2003, 03:59 AM
Wow, singles wins for both! That's pretty awesome, especially for Mike who just had his injury and hadn't played a singles match in...? Bob's got it rough in the next round, though. :( But as long as he gives it his best, as he always does, we'll be proud. :D

Good Luck to both twins in DC! :bounce:

07-30-2003, 04:01 AM
Btw Tinne, I would love to join your "parties" for the Bryan Bros. but I don't have msn. :(

Gonzo Hates Me!
07-30-2003, 05:02 AM
Hey! I never liked the Bryan Twins, but I got a picture with one of them yesterday... I don't know who it was still because I never cared for them. Haha. Anyway, I think it was Bob, and he was really nice to me.

I also got to see them play doubles today against Andy/Vahaly. I actually wasn't rooting for the latter :)

07-30-2003, 11:16 AM
Dang! The twins lost their doubles against Andy and Brian.... 4-6 6-7(5) :sad::sad:

Well, now Bob will just have to beat Andy in singles.... just for revenge's sake :lol: Prepare to get slayed Andy! :lol:

Hope both do better in singles now. Go Mike!! Go Bob!! :bounce::bounce:

07-30-2003, 11:19 AM
Btw Tinne, I would love to join your "parties" for the Bryan Bros. but I don't have msn. :(

Aw! Leo, that's too bad. :( If you ever decide to get msn, you know where to find me right!

07-30-2003, 11:30 AM
Hey! I never liked the Bryan Twins, but I got a picture with one of them yesterday... I don't know who it was still because I never cared for them. Haha. Anyway, I think it was Bob, and he was really nice to me.

I also got to see them play doubles today against Andy/Vahaly. I actually wasn't rooting for the latter :)

Hey Ms Guga!

Okay, I could start a very interesting rant here about why to like the twins, but I won't 'cause time is not on my side right now. I might do that later then... ;) But, besides being fabulous players, they both are really really sweet guys, that is for sure!

Great you got to see the match! Sorry the boys lost though... They weren't supposed to do that.... :lol:
If you want to tell them apart: Bob usually wears a beaded necklace and he's the lefty.

Oh and if you care to share that pic, let me know! :D

07-30-2003, 03:22 PM
Hiya Mrs. Guga!

Well, as Tinne said, we could go on for hours about why you should love the twins, but I don't have time either. lol But we're glad you've stopped by and we'd love to hear about their match and see the pic. I'm just dying to know if they played awful or if Andy and Brian were just playing terrific.

Perhaps you'll change your mind about the twins in time...

As for their singles matches...GO MIKE!! GO BOB!! I'm really hoping you're right Tinne. He should be ready to take Andy out today after losing to him yesterday. lol There should be no winning twice for Andy! :)

I'd love to see both of them advance in this tournament. It would be all the better for Davis Cup. They are supposed to announce the team after the US Open. Please, please, please pick them Pat Mac!

07-30-2003, 06:31 PM
As for their singles matches...GO MIKE!! GO BOB!! I'm really hoping you're right Tinne. He should be ready to take Andy out today after losing to him yesterday. lol There should be no winning twice for Andy! :)

Yes Amber! As 2 days ago with the guys singles first round: I have the confidence! :lol: And that brought good luck! So tonight: :notworthy to the confidence! :lol:

I'd love to see both of them advance in this tournament. It would be all the better for Davis Cup. They are supposed to announce the team after the US Open. Please, please, please pick them Pat Mac!

I hope, pray, that Pat Mac will finally get Mike and Bob on the DC team! I mean, he has what he wanted now: the guys won a slam, they are number one in the doubles race and Bob won Joplin and got to the semies at Newport! Pat Mac would be a complete idiot if he didn't pick them now! As it stands now: Andy, Mardy, Mike and Bob are the ones I'd pick!

GO MIKE!! GO BOB!! tonight! :bounce::bounce:

07-30-2003, 11:32 PM
Mike won!! Mike won!! Go Mike!! :bounce::bounce:

6-1 6-7(9) 7-6(4)

Now Go Bob!! against Andy!! :bounce::bounce:

07-31-2003, 02:33 AM
Awwww, too bad the Bryans lost in dubs. But, as you said Tinne, Bob will have to beat Andy to get revenge. I saw that Mike was able to pull out a thriller of a match against Okun. Congrats to him, and I hope he can keep advancing with his brother in the singles draw. :)

Tinne, I might decide to join msn one day but I'm too busy right now. :(

Bob still to play tonight… Good Luck! :bounce:

07-31-2003, 02:34 AM
Andy beat Bob 7-6, 6-4. :( Oh well, at least he put up a good fight/challenge.

Gonzo Hates Me!
07-31-2003, 06:57 AM
Amber and Tinne, hi!

I saw Bob play Andy tonight and he was great! AND I was rooting for him because everyone was rooting for Andy and I felt like Bob needed more support. I was pretty boisterous and obnoxious too, being like that is so funny because people always look at you. Bob really kept up with Andy! I really thought he was gonna get that first set tiebreak

Well, when I get my photos developped, you guys can tell me which Bryan it was! It was taken at night while he was outside just standing around and I just went up to him and was like hey, can I have a pic with you. So, I could not tell then whether or not he was a lefty or righty! Haha! But I am a lefty, so I hope it was Bob--and I still think it was him, due to the sequence of events that day

07-31-2003, 12:06 PM
Amber and Tinne, hi!

I saw Bob play Andy tonight and he was great! AND I was rooting for him because everyone was rooting for Andy and I felt like Bob needed more support. I was pretty boisterous and obnoxious too, being like that is so funny because people always look at you. Bob really kept up with Andy! I really thought he was gonna get that first set tiebreak

Well, when I get my photos developped, you guys can tell me which Bryan it was! It was taken at night while he was outside just standing around and I just went up to him and was like hey, can I have a pic with you. So, I could not tell then whether or not he was a lefty or righty! Haha! But I am a lefty, so I hope it was Bob--and I still think it was him, due to the sequence of events that day

Oh my god! You were at that match?!? I'm sooooo green with envy right now! Great you cheered Bob on! You go Mrs Guga! :D

We were following behind our computerscreens going mad, I tell you! I was so proud of Bob! He stayed with Andy the whole match! Way to go Bob! So even though he lost, he still played an awesome match! He should be proud of himself! I'm still pretty extatic... ;) I still prefer seeing Mike and Bob in doubles, but they are having some fabulous singles too!

And do I sense a bit of liking towards Bob in your enthousiasm? Mmm, is he winning you over with his incredible charm and charisma and of course his fabulous game... ;)

Oh and about that pic... yeah, it would be kinda difficult to tell wether he was right or left... sorry... :D But Amber and I will be more than happy to help you out with that! ;)

Arg! Still green with envy... You lucky girl! :lol:

07-31-2003, 12:14 PM
Tinne, I might decide to join msn one day but I'm too busy right now. :(

Okay just let me know then! :)

Hey, and don't feel bad about Bob! He played awesome! Remember he was playing Andy Roddick, #5 in the race, the guy who is on a pretty hot streak lately and Bob doesn't play that much singels.....

It's true that Brad Gilbert is a great change for Andy, but Phillip Farmer is doing the same for the bros! This fresh new breeze is exactly what they needed!

07-31-2003, 12:19 PM
Roddick: "If he [Bob Bryan] takes a couple of months off of doubles and concentrates on singles, he could be a solid singles player. He played like a Top 35-40 singles player in the world tonight. I was very impressed the way he played out there. He just doesn't play singles enough."

07-31-2003, 03:49 PM
Wow, lots to respond to today! :D

First of all, Mrs. Guga you are killing me! I can't believe you were at that match! I would have done anything to be there to see Bob play Andy! You are so lucky! And I think Tinne is right, your opinion seems to be changing! I knew those fabulous boys of ours could change your mind! They're very good at winning over fans! lol (Wow, lots of exclamation points in there. lol)

As for MSN, yes Leo, you should join us sometime. We have an absolutely fantabulous time chatting during the guys matches! :D

Bob must have played just fantastic to stick with Andy that well. I'm so proud of him and his singles results lately! Hopefully he will get more wild cards and be able to play more. It's just not fair, everyone says he needs to play more singles, but how is he supposed to when he goes deep in the doubles draw practically every week and can't make it to qualifying? Huh? Can anyone answer me that question? Give the boy wild cards and he'll play! Come on! (whoa, soapbox! lol)

Ummm...go Mike tonight against Max Mirnyi! I'd love to see him take out the Beast. Especially since he and Mahesh can be such a pain in the doubles draw! ;) lol

Can't wait to see how the guys do in Montreal next week. They need to defend all those points and the title, of course! :D I'd love to see back to back Masters Series wins, wouldn't you?! lol Course, if I had to choose between Montreal and Cincinnati...well, of course I'd be selfish and say Cinci because I'd be there to cheer them on! Woooo! One more week! Yay! :D


07-31-2003, 03:50 PM
Hey all! The contest at is ending tomorrow at midnight, so if you want to enter for a chance to win a Bryan Bros. Band CD, do so now! All you have to do is tell us why you are a fan of the Bryan Twins! :D These CD's are not available anywhere else! Thanks!

Get busy writing guys! Only about 36 hours left to enter! :D

08-01-2003, 02:44 AM
Wow, so much to respond to. Like Amber and Tinne, I am very jealous of Mrs. Guga for getting to watch Andy vs. Bob! Can't wait to see your picture although I'll probably have to leave it to the girls to decipher if it was Mike or Bob. :lol: Anyway, this match certainly looked like a great encounter between two of America's finest. Bobby should be proud of his effort. :) Mike also lost in singles, 1 and 3 to Max Mirnyi. But this is not too disappointing for me because The Belarusian Beast is one of my favorite players as well and I am hoping for him to win his 2nd singles title this week in DC. But still a good effort for Mike to make it to Thursday in the singles draw considering his recent injury and lack of singles experience! *Applause for the brothers* :D

So now the biggest title defense of their careers (so far) comes up next week in Canada. Good luck, Mike and Bob! I am glad they will just be concentrating on the dubs next week and can put singles on hold temporarily.

Amber, you're going to Cincy?! Ugh, I envy you too! :fiery:

08-01-2003, 10:33 AM
to Mike and Bob! They had a great singles week!

Too bad about Mike..... Would have loved to see him take out the beast! :D But Maxie is a very though opponent....

I hope they can pick up the doubles again this week with succes and thrash some teams to take that title for the second straight time!
Oh and Amber, I'd love to see them win Cincy too! Would be fabulous for you girls to be there.... but why choose, they can win both if it was up to me... :D

And I have to say this: (thank you Amber for bringing it to my attention):
did you read that comment Andy gave Bob after their match? Well here it is again just in case:
"I told him to cut this [crap] out with all the doubles and give yourself a couple of months to just play singles, because you can do it"
Crap? Doubles? Crap!?! Very very :fiery::fiery::fiery: at Andy!!!
It's very nice of Andy to say that Bob did great and that he could be a really good singles player. Wich I totally agree with! But doubles is crap?!? *kicks Andy in the shins once again* I LOVE doubles! Especially Mike and Bob doubles... :D

08-01-2003, 04:11 PM
Yeah, people (and most players) don't give doubles the respect it deserves. Dubs is a fine art, and Mike and Bob are two of the best artists out there on the court. :D

08-01-2003, 06:29 PM
Hey come I haven't received your contest entry yet, huh? Come on man! You can't win a CD if you don't enter the contest!! ;)

Gonzo Hates Me!
08-02-2003, 12:15 AM
Hey. I'm on vacation right now, so I can't type anything long. I won't get my photos developped until after I get back on Thursday.

I just wanted to say that I never hated the Bryans or anything--I just never cared for them. :D But now I definitely think they are cool! I also have a picture with Mardy, Thomas Blake, and these two great American qualifiers I met. They were all very nice, but the Bryan brother was one of the nicest people who took a photo with me of all the players I took photos with because I have pics with other players, and I was happy he was decent to me! Some players like Gonzo and Mardy were a bit, um, lifeless. Hahaha

08-02-2003, 10:16 AM
Hey Mrs Guga, hope you don't mind, but I had a peak on that website you have in your signature (tennisrant). Sounds like you had a fabulous time there in Washington! Great site! :D

Have fun on your vacation! :D

08-02-2003, 09:07 PM
Bob is playing quallies in Montreal. He just won his first round match against Wesley Moodie 6-3 6-3. Way to go Bob! :D

There's no sign of the doubles draw yet.....

08-03-2003, 04:39 AM
Doubles draw is out and the guys will play either Robredo/Schuettler or Haggard/Oliver. They have a bye in the first round. Bob plays Jonas Bjorkman in the 2nd round of the quallies. GO BOB!! GO MIKE AND BOB!! :D

Have a great time on your vacation, Mrs. Guga! I'm off to check out your website! :D

08-04-2003, 12:39 PM
Bob kicked Jonas-butt! :lol: B Bryan (USA) d (2)J Bjorkman (SWE) 64 76(4)

Wooo!!!! Way to go Bob! :D

In the main draw Bob will face Lleyton Hewitt in the first round. Talk about a tough draw.... But Bob can do it! I have the confidence! :lol:

GO BOB!! :bounce::bounce:

08-06-2003, 02:33 PM
Lleyton got the better of Bob yesterday....... :sad::sad:

But admit, not an easy draw. Still really good singles play by Bob! And on to the doubles it is!

GO MIKE AND BOB!! :bounce::bounce:

08-06-2003, 04:53 PM
Hey Amanda, sorry I never entered the contest. But I didn't think that I standed a chance since I'm not their best fan out there. :(

Anyway, I got a chance to see Bob play yesterday on ESPN! And I learned very much about his singles game. First of all, he didn't go to net nearly enough against Lleyton Hewitt. Just 7 times in the entire match. He doesn't seem as confident serving-and-volleying in singles as he does in dubs. which is completely understandable but should be corrected in the future. Too often he was far behind the baseline being run around by Hewitt, and his movement from side to side isn't that great. I think he needed to use his big first serve to dictate the points and then rush the net to finish off the volley, but he wasn't able to get any of his weapons going, unfortunately. :( But I do have to say he remained very positive. Even in the last game he was bouncing around looking for the break. But it just wasn't meant to be yesterday. Still a great effort to qualify for a Masters Series event with wins over Moodie and Bjorkman, two players who did extremely well at Wimbledon! Also, Mike was there at the match giving Bob some support! :D

He was able to give Andy Roddick more of a challenge because that match was all about short points, but Hewitt is obviously a much different kind of player and plays defense much better than Roddick.

Good luck in the dubs, brothers! :bounce:

08-06-2003, 04:55 PM
Btw, we're now at the top of the forums instead of the bottom! Cool.

Gonzo Hates Me!
08-07-2003, 05:50 AM
Hey, I am still on vacation! I discovered a computer. :)

Omigod, I watched Bob's match against Lley Lley. I really like Bob so much now, because I LOVE Lleyton and I didn't know who to root for. That says a lot. And Bob talked after the match too. I know he won't get too sideswiped by singles, but I really hope he can excel. He has a great game and congrats on his performance in qualifying. It says a lot

08-07-2003, 08:32 AM
Well Leo, I think you might have been some right before on Bob's match. I didn't see the match myself (:fiery: at eurosport for going off the cable!). But I heard Bob was not as bouncy as ever and wasn't playing his top game in not comming to net so often. Oh well, he quallified against Moodie and Bjorkman and then lost to the #5 seed. That's not all that bad if you ask me! You go Bob! :yeah: Love those new emoticons! :lol:

Oh and I saw we're on top of the forum now..... I didn't notice at first and scolled down, force of habbit. I thought they kicked us off again! :lol: Very nice to be on top!

Mrs Guga: Always root for Bob! Always! :lol: Glad you like him so much now. But really what is not to like about him? And Mike too of course! :p

Mike and Bob are playing their doubles today, but I have no idea when. They are on the 'to be appointed' list and won't start before 4pm. They are playing Robredo/Schuettler.

GO MIKE AND BOB!! :bounce::bounce:

08-08-2003, 06:26 AM

Mike and Bob beat Robredo/Schuettler 6-3 6-4! Way to go guys!
(and that emoticon is made especially for me I think! :lol: love it!)

Next round they face Paes/Rikl or Dancevic/Larose


08-09-2003, 05:27 AM
Into the semis to face Wimbledon champs Bjorkman/Woodbridge! Good Luck! :bounce:

08-09-2003, 10:39 AM
:woohoo: Way to go Mike and Bob!!

One for good luck:

Good luck in the semies!!

08-09-2003, 10:20 PM
Aw! Bjorkman/Woodbridge d. Bryan/Bryan 7-6(6) 6-7(4) 7-5 :sad: :sad:

Good luck in cincy guys!

08-10-2003, 03:09 AM
Ouch, what a close lose! It's okay, they just want to win in Cincy instead. :D

08-10-2003, 02:06 PM
:lol: Leo! I hope you're right! But yeah the match was soooo close. I have no fingernails left! :lol:
The guys were having a hard time keeping their serve though and that's not so good when you are Mike and Bob Bryan.... ;)

Oh well, up to Cincy it is then! Amber is there with her sister cheering the guys on, so they'll just have to win! :lol:

The draws are out already. Mike and Bob have a bye in the first round and play the winner of the Corretja/Costa vs Nieminen/Srichaphan match. Good luck guys! :bounce::bounce:

Gonzo Hates Me!
08-13-2003, 07:14 PM
Here is my pic with the Bryan Bro... please say it's Bob!

08-13-2003, 08:14 PM
Nice pic! :D It's Bob! Looking cute as ever... ;)

Thanks for sharing it.

08-13-2003, 08:19 PM

Mike and Bob received and award for winning the most doubles titles by brothers (they surpassed the Gullicksons at the French and with winning Nottingham they now have 12 titles). Congratulations boys! :D
Tom Gullikson presents award to Bob and Mike Bryan, who have won more titles than any other team of brothers.

08-13-2003, 09:50 PM
Same pic, but bigger:

Ooh, they look so cute! ;)

Gonzo Hates Me!
08-13-2003, 10:47 PM
Thanks for the confirmation Tinne! Is Bob usually taller than Mike? Well, I guess he always wears that necklace. LOL! Anyway, they both look gorgeous in that picture with Gullickson! Congrats on their achievement

08-14-2003, 07:01 AM
Bob is the tallest one although it's only by an inch. Bob is 6'4" and Mike is 6'3". Oh and yeah about that necklace.... alengendly Bob started wearing it when both brothers went to Stanford so that people would know them apart......

Time for a shameless plug on my behalf now ;) If you want to know more about Bob and Mike, you should go visit Amber, who has been in here a few times, and her sister Tiffany run that site and it has loads of great stuff like interviews, articles, pics but also clips from the bros practising and from their band playing last year in Washington and from time to time updates from Mr Bryan (Mike and Bob's dad). It has everything and anything you need to know about those gorgious boys! :D

Anyway, Mike and Bob are playing tonight against Srichaphan and Nieminnen (last match on center court!). GO MIKE AND BOB!! :bounce::bounce:

Gonzo Hates Me!
08-14-2003, 05:31 PM
Thank you Tinne for the website!

08-15-2003, 10:14 AM
Mike and Bob won their second round match agains Nieminnen and Srichaphan 6-3 6-2! Way to go guys!
They play the quarters against Etlis/Rodriguez today! Good luck boys! GO MIKE AND BOB!! :bounce::bounce:

@ Gonzo (is it now? ;) Why does he hate you, you poor thing...): You're welcome about the site! Come say hi at the messageboard if you like too. We love having new people in there. And it's usually THE place to get all the news on Mike and Bob. The link is on the website if you want to take a look. :D

08-16-2003, 12:04 PM
Mike and Bob made it to the semies!! Wooooo!!
Bryan/Bryan d Etlis/Rodriguez 61 64 :woohoo:

Now they take on Knowles and Nestor... Tough job, but Mike and Bob can do it!! GO MIKE AND BOB!! :bounce::bounce:

08-17-2003, 10:10 AM
Mike and Bob are in the final at cincy!! They beat Nestor/Knowles 6-2 6-3! :woohoo:

In the final they play Arthurs/Hanley. Good luck guys! GO MIKE AND BOB!! :bounce::bounce:

PS: should I even be updating this anymore........ Is there anyones still in this thread? Leo where did you run off to? ;) I miss you......

08-17-2003, 09:52 PM
Sorry, I've just been busy with work lately.

Anyway, a major congratulations to Mike and Bob: The 2003 Cincinnati Masters Doubles Champions! :bounce: :D They beat Arthurs/Hanley 7-5, 7-6 in the final. No sets lost for this tournament, right?! Anyway, I told ya, Tinne. They wanted to win Cincy, not Canada, for Amanda. ;)

I must make an addition to my signature...

08-17-2003, 10:10 PM

I'm sooooooo happy they won!!! It was such a close match! But the bros came out great! Way to go Mike and Bob! :D
And yes Leo you told me! :lol: Any other predictions I should know about...... ;)

Apparently Amber and her sister are having a great time! Mr Bryan came to our messageboard ( and said they were Mike and Bob's good luck charms now! :lol: So thank you Amber and Tiffany!

And look how happy Mike and Bob are:

08-18-2003, 04:03 AM
Yes, major thanks to Amber and Tiffany for their good luck vibes! :bounce:

Tinne, I am looking into my crystal ball right now … and what's that I see? … Oh my, it's Mike and Bob holding up the US Open Men's Doubles trophy! :D Hehe

08-18-2003, 01:35 PM
:lol: Leo! I really really like that crystal ball of yours! Let's hope it is right again! The bros are taking the next week off instead of playing Long Island. They are using the same strategy as for the French.... taking the week before off to get some rest, get settled, adjust to the courts, prepare, practise and whatever else they might be doing.... so that they are fully armed and fired up to start the slam! :D

Also, the bros are playing with their band at the us open. They have 2 gigs, the first one next saturday, with Mike on the guitar instead of the drums probably because his wrist has been hurting again...

So: get rested and well prepared this week so we can see you guys winning next week! :bounce:

08-18-2003, 02:38 PM
2 gigs?! That's pretty awesome. Oh, how I'd love to se them play live!

Anyway, I think this is a smart idea to take the week off to rest for the US Open. They've already played plenty of tennis this summer (singles and doubles :D) so a break is needed.

08-18-2003, 02:55 PM
Are you going to NYC next week? I thought you were... maybe you get to see them play.... Would be great if you did! :D

08-18-2003, 05:38 PM
I'm going to the US Open for the first Wednesday (night session) and on the second Monday (day session). Hopefully the scheduling will be kind to me and I'll get to see them play. If that's the case, you can be sure I'll snap a few photos. :D

08-18-2003, 06:10 PM
Yes! Be sure to do that! And say hi from all of us loyal fans! ;) You should look for Amber when you're there.... she's usually at the guys practise and matches (wearing a green bryan's bunch shirt. Can't miss! ;)

08-22-2003, 12:55 PM
Mike and Bob have been named to the USA Davis Cup! WOOOOOOOO!! Congratulations Mike and Bob! :D Below is an article from the Ventura County Star.

Bryan twins get first Davis Cup assignment
By Rhiannon Potkey,
August 22, 2003

There was no pacing, hand-wringing or anxious anticipation this time around for Mike and Bob Bryan.

United States Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe made his intentions clear two weeks ago and followed through on his promise Thursday in announcing the 25-year-old Camarillo twins had been selected to represent their country in Davis Cup play for the first time.

"It feels good. Obviously it would have been nice if we had played this earlier, but we are excited to be playing on the team and honored Pat chose us," said Bob. "I think he has more respect for us now and it will be a great experience. Since Montreal, he had been telling us to get prepared mentally, so this wasn't a huge surprise which I think is good."

Joining the Bryans on the youthful squad, which will play Slovakia in Bratislava, Slovakia on Sept 19-21 in a World Group playoff, are Andy Roddick, James Blake, Mardy Fish and Brian Vahaly.

The United States has won more Davis Cups titles (31) than any other nation, but has not won the event since 1995. The team has been ousted in the first round two of the last three years, and fell into qualifying this year after losing to Croatia 4-1 in the first round in February. Roddick missed that match with a wrist injury.

"We are going there to help them win. This is a good group of guys and they are buddies of ours. We played a lot of team situations in college and we are looking forward to doing it again," said Bob, who made his professional debut with Mike in 1998. "We feel like we are ready. Even though those guys have played before, we still feel like veterans because we have been on the tour for a while."

The Bryans, the top-ranked doubles team on the ATP tour, cleared a major hurdle in their Davis Cup path when they captured their first Grand Slam title at the French Open in June.

"That was a big reason (for the selection). Knowing he wants us to play in huge pressure matches, and seeing us win shows we can step up in big matches," said Bob.

The Bryans have won four doubles titles this season, running their career total to 13, the most by a team of brothers. Last week in Cincinnati, they captured their second career Masters Series title.

"They have obviously taken up their game a notch or two in the last six months and worked hard. It is obvious by the results," said McEnroe, who has been a frequent attendant at the the twins matches and has been working out with them lately.

"They have proven they are, if not the best, then one of the best doubles teams out there."

Choosing a stable doubles team like the Bryans is a variation from McEnroe's past squads, which featured singles players who teamed up to vie for the precious doubles point. Last year, the U.S. went 3-0 in doubles. This year, Blake and Fish lost a five-setter to Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic and Goran Ivanisevic.

"If you could have a stable doubles team that wins that is what you would like to have ... The Bryans are better than any other team I could put together at this point. I wasn't always so sure of that," said McEnroe.

In announcing the team so early, McEnroe hoped to spare the players from constant questioning throughout the U.S. Open, which begins Monday.

"I made up my mind and wanted to get it out there before the Open so no questions for the guys during it," said McEnroe. "I told them a few weeks ago. So I figured I would get it out of the way and the guys could concentrate on the Open and be ready to take on the next challenge."

The winner of the United States-Slovakia match will return to the World Group and be eligible for the 2004 Davis Cup title. The loser will have to go into regional qualifying.

McEnroe believes this lineup is one fans will become very familiar with for years to come.

"I really like this team. I like this as a core team and I am looking at them for the next few years," said McEnroe. "I think this team really has a chance for us to build something in the future."

08-22-2003, 01:50 PM
Aw man! Wooooo!!!! :woohoo::woohoo:

Way to go Mike and Bob on making the DC team! They soooooo deserved to be on it after all they have achieved now! I'm very happy for Mike and Bob!! They are gonna do a great job! :D
Very happy that PMac has finally seen the light! ;)

08-22-2003, 05:15 PM
You and me both Tinne! I thought PMac would never see the light, but when we saw him in Cinci after the guys won he said, "You guys might have to start planning a trip soon, huh?" We were like "!!!!!" lol

Yep, he pretty much told us that Mike and Bob were on the team and we were SO excited! Just didn't want to say anything until it was made official. YAY Mike and Bob! :D

08-23-2003, 07:35 AM
Yeah, PMac said in June that he would probably pick Mike and Bob for this upcoming DC tie if they won the French Open, which they did, especially because it will be on clay. Anyway, it's nice to get a confirmation like that. Congrats to the brothers! You two totally deserve it. And best of all, ESPN will have coverage for us. :D :bounce:

08-23-2003, 08:40 AM
Aw you are lucky getting tv coverage! :D And well, I read that PMac said he would strongly consider the bros after they had won the French.... but to be honest.... he has been 'considering' them for a long time now, so I wasn't getting hopes up to high... But yay! for Patrick for getting them on the team this time! Better late than never... :lol:

08-24-2003, 03:21 PM
Mike and Bob are supposed to make an appearance at Kids Day today...don't know for sure if they'll be shown on TV, but watch anyway! You just never know! :D

08-26-2003, 08:43 PM
Mike and Bob play their first round match against Gambill/Parrott. I think they'll play on thursday.... not sure yet though.

GO MIKE AND BOB!! :bounce::bounce:

Hey Leo, you are going to the open tomorrow right? Have fun! :lol:

08-27-2003, 02:00 PM
Yes, I am. And I might get to see some of Bob's mixed doubles match if the stars align correctly ;) But watching Lindsay is my No. 1 priority tonight. :D

08-27-2003, 06:44 PM
Aw, I wanna to go to!! :lol:

Have a great time! And root like hell for Bob if you see him! :D

08-27-2003, 10:37 PM
Bob and Katarina d. Etlis/Callens 6-3 7-6(6)
GO BOB AND KATARINA!! :bounce::bounce:

08-29-2003, 05:15 AM
:lol: at this article!

Bryan Twins Look to Double Their Pleasure in Another Grand Slam
by Elizabeth Schatz
Thursday, August 28, 2003

It is not easy to interview Mike and Bob Bryan.

The identical twins and doubles partners - distinguishable on the court because Bob is left-handed - stand at 6’3” (Mike) and 6’4” (Bob), making it more than tricky to pay attention to the words coming out of their mouths (with equal articulateness, having both attended Stanford for two years) and simultaneously look down at their players badges to figure out who’s who.

The Bryans have no sympathy for a befuddled reporter. They have too much to talk about.

Although they are playing in their ninth US Open, the 25-year-old twins from Camarillo, Calif., are undeniably in the midst of the best year of their careers. They have four titles so far in 2003, capped off with a French Open championship. They are seeded No. 2 at this year’s US Open.

But the biggest excitement came last week, when Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe named them to the team for the first time. They are only the second set of brothers to play on the same U.S. Davis Cup team, and the last pair, Robert and George Wrenn, played in 1903.

“We’re pumped up,” said Bob. “That was our big goal, to play Davis Cup for our country. Our most fun experiences have been on teams.”

“We had to win a grand slam to get noticed,” said Mike.

With a win today over fellow Americans Jan-Michael Gambill and Travis Parrott, the brothers are one step closer to another, and winning it in the US would just be icing on the cake. Not to mention a sweet deal for their fans, who are growing in number even without relentless marketing and show court appearances (although the Bryans do play in a band that often generates more buzz than their tennis, especially when Andy Roddick guest stars).

By 3:45pm today, the stands surrounding Court 4 – an out-of-the-way practice court for most of the day – were jammed with fans waiting for the 4:00 p.m. match.

One woman, well past her teeny-bopper years, was tugging at her husband’s sleeve, pleading, “I can’t miss the Bryans.”

“We’ve been here since three o'clock!” boasted another man in the bleachers.

Young boys crowded the front seats, a few with brothers by their sides.

The Gambill/Parrott team had their supporters as well, including Gambill’s younger brother, 21-year-old Torrey, who at one point in the second set called the twins “creatures, drones.” But despite Gambill’s wicked returns, the unseeded pair went down 6-4, 6-2. The Bryans utilize their twin sensibilities on the court, barely having to speak, knowing without fail what the other will do. And they usually give the crowd a token “Bryan bump,” leaping to crash bellies together after a big point, although today there was only knocking of knuckles.

“It gives us a little extra edge,” said Mike of being twins. “I know where Bob will hit the ball every time.” Waiting for a serve from their opponents, they even bounce from foot to foot in an uncanny rhythm, looking a bit like prancing show dogs. And as if on cue, their coach yelled to his charges, “Go get it, boys, go get it.”

The twins’ remarkable coverage of the court made Gambill and Parrott’s hard hitting a moot point.

“We’ve been playing Jan-Michael since we were 10 years old. But there’s a little extra fire playing in America. There’s a lot of energy,” said Mike.

With the next match still a day away, the brothers have another battle to fight. Specifically, who is going to get the master bedroom in the house they just bought in their hometown.

“It has a steam shower,” said one.

“It’s huge,” said the other.

But it isn’t time to go home yet. Especially now that they get recognized walking the grounds.

“They don’t get the exposure they deserve,” said Elyssa Goldberg, 23, a New York native who parked herself on the sideline with a friend after they noticed that the tan, baby-faced Bryans were “very good looking.” Mike would be happy to hear it, having complained, “We’re always attractive to the 13, 14 and 15-year-olds. We wish they were a little older.”

And the hotshots from the top of the draw are taking notice, too.

“We’re seeing the guys on tour more often. They’re giving us more respect,” said Bob. “And it’s not looking so scary anymore.”

So where was the Bryan bump today?

For once, an eerie twin-like simultaneous answer. “We’re saving it.”

08-29-2003, 05:19 AM
Sorry to say that at the US Open last night I didn't get to watch the Srebotnik/Bryan mixed dubs match! :( As soon as I entered the grounds I rushed over to Court #15, where they were scheduled to play, but saw that there were no players on court. I think they had already finished by the time I got there. But, there's hope left. I'm going back on Monday and hopefully the scheduling will work out right and I'll be able to see Bob and Mike, in doubles or mixed. *crosses fingers* I still had a blast watching the tennis. I had the pleasure of watching Davenport win, along with Krasnoroutskaya/Nestor in a terrific mixed match against Hantuchova/Ullyett, and then saw Sargsian outlast Delic 7-5 in the 5th in a thriller over on the rowdy Grandstand court! :D

08-29-2003, 08:37 AM
Hey Leo! Welcome back!
Aw to bad you didn't get to see them play... but I'm sure you'll get another chance on monday...

Well, Mike and Bob made it to the second round! :woohoo: and Mike and Lisa are playing today.... Go Go Go!!

Oh and that article was very funny! :lol: But if you like those twin stories, I got a lovely one... see next message...

08-29-2003, 08:38 AM
A matched set
Unique bond gives Bryans and edge on, off court

By By Rhiannon Potkey,
August 28, 2003

NEW YORK — It all appears so seamless. The shifts, the rotations, the constant fluid movement.

No words are exchanged. No glances or signs are needed.

It's the same way while ordering dinner, buying clothes or deciding which song to play during a gig.

It's a twin thing. And there is little doubt it has helped elevate the Camarillo doubles team of Mike and Bob Bryan to the No. 1 ranking in the world.

"It's not magic. But just because we have the same DNA and we have been through all the same experiences and raised the same way, we react the exact same to pretty much everything. We say the same stuff and just know what the other is thinking," said Bob.

"We don't really have to communicate too much because he knows where I am going to hit it and vice versa," said Mike. "That is what makes us a good doubles team."

Mike is the older of the 25-year-old identical twins by two minutes. They are a mirror image when on opposite sides of the net, with Mike being a righty and Bob a lefty. But they rarely venture from the same half of the court, having been a doubles duo since age 6.

"We know that we are never going to back out on each other," said Bob. "Out here (on the tour) you see a lot of guys, when one has a bad day, go into the locker room saying its the other's fault and then dumping each other. We are never going to talk badly about each other."

The experience is similar to that of former professional twin doubles players Tom and the late Tim Gullikson, whose advice the Bryans often sought while growing up.

"Being twins is closer than brothers. There is some kind of telepathic thing going on. I knew Tim's favorite shots and where he would be on the court," said Tom. "Once the ball was in play, we felt like we could outmanuever just about any team in the world. I see that in Mike and Bob."

And if anyone needed further proof about the unique bond and sixth sense of twins, just sit down and conduct separate interviews with the Bryans. Ninety percent of the transcripts could pass as carbon copies.

Being twins also makes the Bryans highly recognizable on tour even when fans may not know their names or much else about them. A common utterance heard during practice sessions at the U.S. Open has been, "Those are those twins."

Distinguishing them on the court is the easy part, but take the rackets out of their hands and it gets a little trickier. Most close acquantancies can tell them apart (some cheat and use the beads Bob wears around his neck), but the Bryans have still managed to pull a few of those infamous twin pranks.

"No one can really tell our voices apart. So I'd be in the shower and my (ex) girlfriend would call and Mike would talk to her for like 25 minutes and pretend he was me," said Bob. "Then, I would just grab the phone like I was talking the whole time."

Girlfriends seem to be the prime targets for the most of the tricks the Bryans remember. When they were at Stanford, Mike's girlfriend walked into their dorm room and planted a big kiss on Bob from behind while he was seated at the computer.

"I just kept typing and went along with it. Mike walked in the room and she was baffled, but I just kept smiling," said Bob.

They have also used the twin appearance to gain a financial advantage.

"We used to have one insurance for us when we were driving, so whenever I would drive I would just grab Bob's license," said Mike. "I never had insurance, so we didn't have to pay for two of them."

But Mike didn't drive very much while the Bryans were growing up. He usually left that to Bob. So when Mike finally decided to exert his independence in the car 1 1/2 years ago, the end result wasn't pretty.

While driving home from Somis Market with some Mexican food, Mike took a speed bump head on at 40 mph in the brothers' Mercedes.

"I was talking to Bob on the cell, the music was blaring, and my girlfriend had the food on her lap," said Mike. "The beans spilled in the center console and when I went to save them, I slammed right into a parked car."

The Mercedes was totaled.

"I guess I got a little too cocky," said Mike.

Being together nearly every minute of the day can make for some anxious moments. But those usually pass quickly like afternoon summer showers.

"We don't really get sick of each other. We get in arguments, but we always just drop it right away. We will get in fist fights and a few minutes later be fine," said Bob. "We forgive each other just like that and don't hold any grudges."

The symmetry of features has translated into beautiful symmetry on the court.

"There are not a lot of drawbacks to any of it. It is great to have a twin brother," said Mike before asking: "Did Bob give the same answers?"

08-30-2003, 06:45 AM
Thanks for the article, Tinne! Made me laugh. Those brothers are naughty boys for playing such mean tricks on their girlfriends! :lol:

08-30-2003, 06:24 PM
:lol: I know, made me laugh too! Hey I have a nice treat for you if you like. This story was written by Ms Potkey for the Ventura County Star (Mike and Bob's local newspaper). She's doing a sort of diary on the guys while they are at the US Open. If you like to read more of her stories... this is the link:,1375,VCS_143_2199474,00.html

They are very entertaining to read believe me! :D

Btw, Mike and Lisa Raymond are in the second round of the mixed, Mike and Bob are playing the second round of the mens doubs right now, Bob and Katarina Srebotnik are playing later today.....
Good luck to all! :bounce::bounce:

09-02-2003, 04:13 AM
Thanks, Tinne. :lol:

You know what? I would have been able to see the brothers play today at the Open if it wasn't for the rain. :sad:

09-02-2003, 02:33 PM
I know.... I was thinking of you...... Feeling for you... Guess you didn't see much else happening either huh?

Well, the guys are playing today... men's doubles and mixed.
Bryan/Bryan vs Johnson/Haggard (second match, court 11)
Katarina/Bob vs Ruano Pascual/Knowles (fourth match, court 10)
Lisa/Mike vs Black/Black (fourth match, court 11)


PS: funny diary huh :lol:

09-06-2003, 12:31 PM
The Bryans are in the semies!
They are up against Nestor and Knowles today on Armstrong. GO MIKE AND BOB!! :bounce::bounce:

Bob won his mixed with Katarina too yesterday. They are in the semies against Husarova/Friedl. GO BOB AND KATARINA!! :bounce::bounce:

Mike and Lisa lost their mixed doubles yesterday against the Blacks. :sad: Let's hope that gives Mike the extra edge in the mens!

Also very happy news: Mike and Bob's nemisis Bhupathi/Mirnyi are out of the tourney! :lol: (sorry for any Bhupathi or Mirnyi fan's out there..... )

09-06-2003, 08:56 PM
OMG OMG OMG!!! Mike and Bob are in the final!! They beat Nestor and Knowles 6-3 6-0!!! :woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:

Show no mercy! :lol: In the final (tomorrow) they play Bjorkman/Woodbridge. Let's hope our guys can take revenge for the Montreal semies! GO MIKE AND BOB!!! :boune::bounce:

09-07-2003, 03:36 AM
Katarina and Bob are in the finals too! :bounce:

Must tape the finals later! :)

09-07-2003, 03:50 PM
Way to go Bob and Katarina!! They play Krasnoroutskaya/Nestor in the final.

Good luck to both teams in the final!! :bounce::bounce:

09-08-2003, 02:51 PM
Good and not so good news.....

Bob and Mike lost in the final from Bjorkman/Woodbridge 7-5 0-6 5-7 :sad:

But Bob and Katarina defended the family title at the mixed! :woohoo: They beat Krasnoroutskaya/Knowles 5-7 7-5 7-6(10-5)

The twins played an awesome tourney!! And they are number 1 in the doubles race and number 1 in the doubles entry system!! :woohoo::woohoo:

Next they play DC!! Yes yes DC!! Finally! :lol:

Go Mike and Bob!! :bounce::bounce:

09-08-2003, 06:26 PM
How about some pics to celebrate? I love those black/green shirts btw.... :drool: :lol:

09-08-2003, 09:20 PM
I'm so happy for Bob and Katarina! It's about time Bob got one of those Mixed trophies! :D I agree Tinne, I'm LOVING those black and green shirts too. They are just so sharp. The guys look good in them too. ;)

09-09-2003, 03:42 PM
Amber, those guys always look good..... ;) :lol:

But yeah, very happy for Bob to get the mixed. He had some catching up to do against Mike... :lol: And great that the throphy stayed in the same family! Besides the black and green shirts, trophies look really good on the twins too, especially grand slam trophies... :lol:

09-10-2003, 07:04 AM
Happy about the mixed title.
Congrats to Katarina for winning her second grandslam mixed title. :)

I can't believe the amount of disrespect for the mixed doubles.
They recapped everything but for mixed, they only showed match point.
And when they had the video package for the winners, again, mixed doubles wasn't included. :fiery:

09-10-2003, 12:44 PM
Hi Aerien!

You are absolutely right about the disrespect for mixed. It's the same for all doubles. We got a summary of all the final matches on CNN. They showed the women's doubles, because Navratilova was in it, but no men's doubles and no mixed. The men's was mentionned in one sentence, nothing on mixed.... horrible! When are they gonna learn? :fiery:

Luckily we have some reporters that do care about doubles, wich I personally think is way more exciting than singles... If you wanna read about Mike and Bob at the Open:,1375,VCS_143_2199474,00.html

There are some really funny stories there! :D

09-10-2003, 07:57 PM
Yes! Go there! The more hits they get the better! We want them to keep letting Rhiannon do stories on Mike and Bob. :D What a great job she does covering them...wish there were more reporters like her around. Sigh.

09-12-2003, 02:44 AM
Mike and Bob leave tomorrow for Davis Cup. Go Mike and Bob! Go USA! :D Can't wait to watch that on TV. Woooo!

09-12-2003, 02:24 PM
:woohoo: Go Mike and Bob!!

You know, they should be playing France or England or Belgium... That way I'd have cover too... :lol:

Anyway, so great to hear this line: "Official US Davis Cup team: Andy, James, Bob and Mike"..... :lol:

09-21-2003, 12:12 AM

Mike and Bob won the doubles rubber in 3 sets!
Way to go guys!! Congrats!! :bounce::bounce:

10-03-2003, 10:39 AM
Wow. It's been quite since Davis Cup, huh? I guess that's what happens when the guys take 3 weeks off. lol ;) They'll be playing Madrid next. Go Mike and Bob! :D

10-17-2003, 02:33 AM
Madrid is here! Go Mike and Bob!

Btw, sorry for my long absense since the US Open. Two words: very busy! :( But I would like to say that I got to see some of Mike and Bob at the US open on tv (their quarterfinal match) and they played really well to overcome Ancic and Ljubicic, who were returning serve extraordinarily well. I was pleasantly surprised that they had such little difficulty in overcoming Knowles/Nestor, a team that has given them tons of trouble in the past, in the semis. Unfortunately, they did come up just short in the finals, but at least they lost to a good team in Bjorkman/Woodbridge. Plus, they still lead the Champions Race and have a great chance of ending the year as the #1 dubs team! :D

And I did get to watch the brothers play in DC on ESPN. They were really awesome in their straight sets win. What a way to prove that they belong on the DC team! Take that, Pmac. ;) Hehe

10-17-2003, 02:36 AM
And how could I ever forget?! Congrats to Bob and Katarina, who finally get a mixed doubles crown! After Lisa and Mike won a couple, it was time for Bob and Katarina to take home the mixed dubs prize. And I was also very happy for Lina K and Daniel Nestor. :)

10-17-2003, 07:58 PM
Hey Leo! We've missed you in here! Glad you're back.

You watched the Ancic/Ljubicic match on TV??? I was at that match! Did you by any chance tape it? And if you did, is there any possible way I could buy a copy from you? I would LOVE to have that match on tape! :) Please, please, please say you taped it! lol Let me know! Thanks!

10-17-2003, 08:01 PM
Ok...confused. We weren't at the Ancic/Ljubicic match, we were at the Lopez Moron/Mantilla match...but anyway...I would still love to have that match on tape if you have it. :) Thanks!

10-17-2003, 08:31 PM
Hi Leo! Great to have you back! Missed you :hug:

The guys really did play great at the open. And :woohoo: on DC!! I was so happy they played so well! I thought Mike and Bob would be a bit nervous to play, now they finally got the chance, but they played awesome tennis! And I think they might be on the team for a while to come now.... PMac has finally listened to our pleads and took our fabulous advice! :lol: (or at least that's what I wish to believe... :lol: )

Next tourney up is Basel. GO MIKE AND BOB!! :bounce::bounce:

10-17-2003, 09:38 PM
Hey Leo! We've missed you in here! Glad you're back.

You watched the Ancic/Ljubicic match on TV??? I was at that match! Did you by any chance tape it? And if you did, is there any possible way I could buy a copy from you? I would LOVE to have that match on tape! :) Please, please, please say you taped it! lol Let me know! Thanks!

I might still have it on tape but, the truth is, they only started covering the match in the second. Also, most of the final set is missing since CBS left the US Open for news at noon and they only showed the last game when they returned. So, it's really not much at all, unfortunately. I seem to have so many partial Brothers matches, like the RG final this year (only the first set :(), but not any complete ones on tape. So right now I'm looking at buying some Mike and Bob matches from online tennis video services. I could give you some links if you want. I know one in particular that has tons of matches, including doubles. :)

10-17-2003, 09:41 PM
Missed ya too, Tinne. :D

10-18-2003, 02:18 AM
Thanks Leo, that'd be great. Although, we have quite a few partials too. We do, however, have the whole RG final as well as Mike and Lisa's Mixed final. If you want a copy I can make you one. All you'd have to pay for is shipping. I know I have an extra blank tape just lying around. We also have Bob's singles against Hewitt from Montreal and Bob's singles against Melzer from Newport...both losses, but whole matches. :) Just let me know if you want any of the above...oh yeah and we have their Montreal TMS win from last year. Wish we had their Cincinnati TMS win from this year, but we were there and don't even know if they put it on TV. lol

10-18-2003, 04:23 AM
Amber, I suggest ordering from a British tennis video business:

They have a wide selection of matches, especially from the past few years. Unfortunately they recently shut down a really good italian site called VideoArc. I hope this helps!

Btw, I'll have to get back to you about the matches that you have. I have some of the ones you mentioned, but not all. I'll be away for the weekend but I'll talk to you guys again on Monday! :wavey:

Good Luck to Mike and Bob in Basel!