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Björki
02-28-2006, 06:44 AM
Twice as nice
Bryan twins offer opinions aplenty on state of tennis

Posted: Wednesday February 22, 2006 6:07PM;

Last summer, the head of ATP Europe made the stunningly distasteful analogy between men's doubles and cancer. A doubles player responded in kind, referring to the executive as "Hitler." Around the same time, the doubles specialists hired lawyers and announced they were suing the tour. It was shaping up to be a typical mindless, mutually destructive tennis turf war when, against all odds, reason and compromise prevailed.

Here we are six months later, and doubles is suddenly a hot property. The Australian Open doubles final may have been the match of the tournament, one that sent fans away happy after the ugliness of the preceding women's final. Men's doubles has its own blue-chip sponsor in Stanford Financial. John McEnroe's return last week in San Jose gave doubles an extra jolt of publicity. And the ATP has, well, partnered with the doubles players, naming a "doubles commissioner" and investing some promotional funds in a "Doubles Revolution" campaign.

During one of their rare breaks from the tennis caravan, Bob and Mike Bryan spent last Friday in New York as part of the doubles marketing drive. They closed the stock exchange and appeared at the ESPN Zone and sat for photo shoots. But their first priority was answering your Mailbag questions. From their beef with Leander Paes to their love of Martina Hingis, here are the twins:

What do you make of John McEnroe's comeback?
-- Todd, Sarasota, Fla.

Mike: My dad sent an e-mail to all the doubles players asking, "Do you think McEnroe and Bjorkman will beat Arthurs and Huss?" I'd say at least 80 percent said McEnroe and Bjorkman would win. John is so sharp, he's playing so well, and Bjorkman is Bjorkman. John played well in that exhibition and so I said it would be four and four. They won three and three, so I won the pool.

Bob: Arthurs and Huss are a new team. They haven't played that much. There's going to be psychological pressure on them. Really it was a lose, lose.

[Moderator: You're OK with McEnroe coming back? You don't think it undercuts the product when a fortysomething guy holds his own?]

Mike: I think it's always good when legends come back and play.

Bob: Good for tennis, good for doubles.

Mike: I think if he keeps doing well, he might come back to win a few more titles. Steal that Todd Woodbridge record back.

Bob: Picking his spots, he could definitely win a few.

Hi, Bob and Mike! It's awesome to see you guys finally winning lots of slams! You obviously know Andy Roddick well -- it seems like the past couple years he's lost a lot of confidence and isn't relaxed and having fun on court. How do you guys think he can get it back and go back to playing that great "Andy Roddick" power game that brought him so much success?
-- Deb, Peabody, Mass.

Mike: I think his confidence might be a little low right now, but his best tennis is still ahead of him.

Bob: There's no way he's dropping out of the top 10 with that serve and his tenacity, so if he just does a few things better -- such as attack a little more, stay closer to the baseline -- I think he has a lot more Grand Slam in him.

Sports Illustrated senior writer Jon Wertheim covers tennis for the magazine and is a regular contributor to SI.com.

Mike: He's working harder than he ever had. You should have seen him [during Davis Cup] doing sprints on the beach. Maybe right now it's not paying off as much, but it will.

How long until Victoria Azarenka breaks into the top 20/top 10?
-- L.N., Salt Lake City

Mike: We saw Azarenka for the first time in Boise at an exhibition last December, and she was pretty impressive. She can play.

Bob: I think she'll be top 20 within the next 18 months.

With regard to Davis Cup, it is one of the rare occasions when we get to see top singles players playing doubles. I was surprised to see how well Nalbandian did on Saturday. My question: How do you think the Bryans would fare against Roddick teamed up with either Agassi or Blake?
-- R.S., Zurich, Switzerland

Mike: These are great tennis players, and they'll adapt and play good doubles. I mean, Federer would be No. 1 in both singles and doubles if he wanted to try it.

Bob: His skills translate. I think Andy and his huge serve would be good. Clay-court players like Coria I don't think would fare as well.

Mike: But it depends on how much they'd want to put into the skills of doubles. If they jumped right in, we'd take 'em. But if Agassi and Roddick practiced doubles for a few months and were really sharp, our hands would be full.

Bob: Come on, we've been playing for 25 years. I'm going to say we're still gonna win.

Mike: I'm going to say we'll win eight of 10. I mean, we played Agassi and Blake in an exhibition, and Agassi was playing great, and we hadn't hit a ball in a while. He clipped us. He comes in hot. Afterwards, he gives us crap: "It's great beating the Number 2 team in the world." Next time we play Agassi we're getting ready.

Props for Estonia's Smigun, who's already won two gold medals in cross-country skiing. A country with a rough history and barely one million people! Speaking of Estonians ... any Estonian tennis players you see with potential, Jon?
-- Mark Randmaa, Toronto

Mike: Um, not on the men's tour.

Bob: Is that a country or an area?

Mike: Isn't that next to Latvia?

What the heck was it like for you guys to do an exo vs. the Macs (Enroes)??!!
-- Maria, New York

Mike: What happened was that Hanescu pulled out at Davis Cup last weekend, so for the fans to get their money's worth they had us play John and Pat. It was great. I mean, there were 5,400 people. John was up to his old antics, throwing his racket, getting pissed over line calls.

Bob: The pressure of Davis Cup was over and we had only played for like 26 minutes, so we were thrilled.

Do you think there's a chance that the two Martinas (Navratilova and Hingis) would team up to play doubles this year? Do you think they could bag a Slam? You have to admit that this would be must-see tennis.
-- B. Rogers, Buffalo

Bob and Mike: They could easily win a Slam.

Mike: Hingis is one of the best players in doubles. Bob actually tried to get her to play mixed at the Australian Open, and Mahesh got her five hours before.

Sports Illustrated senior writer Jon Wertheim covers tennis for the magazine and is a regular contributor to SI.com.

Bob: That would have been a free 60 grand.

Mike: We were both in Sydney with her and Mahesh was in India, but he fired her an e-mail. Bob called like five hours later and she was like, "Nope. Sorry. I just got an e-mail from Mahesh."

Bob: Martina Navratilova is still playing great tennis. They should play together at Wimbledon. That would be their best chance.

Mike: He was grinding on her to play at the French Open.

Bob: I think I broke her down to play with me. We'll see.

Another Hall of Fame question, sorry, but where does Natasha (Natalia) Zvereva rate in the Hall of Fame induction? Shriver got in (Pam had a more successful singles career), but Natalia is No. 5 in all-time doubles titles with 80. And dang, wasn't she fun to watch. You never knew what she could/would/might/felt like doing on any day. And the whole prize money revolt (you are welcome, Sharapova) thing -- call her Zheng. Hall of Fame for sure, right?? Or not?
-- Michael Clarno, Grand Rapids

Bob: She deserves it for the doubles. All those Grand Slams.

Mike: Plus wasn't she the first player to lose oh-and-oh in the final of a Grand Slam? That has to count for something.

Questions for Bob and Mike: I noticed during Davis Cup coverage this weekend (congrats on the win) that Bob's beads are back. Bob, is this because you were so used to wearing them, or were you sick and tired of people asking if you were Bob or Mike? And Mike, have you ever considered growing a mustache or mullet for use as an identifying feature?
-- Suzanne, Arlington, Va.

Bob: I gave it a run without the beads -- we're going to shake this superstitious thing -- but after losing five Grand Slam finals in a row I thought we needed the beads back.

Mike: No mullet. No, no. Our dad is always saying that if we did an earring or a tattoo or long hair he would kill us. He gets mad when we wear a hat backwards. We're more clean-cut.

Hi, Bob and Mike! Who do you think is the best doubles player in the singles top 10 of the WTA?
-- Gracie, Manila, Philippines

Mike: I might say Hingis first. Great hands.

Mike: For the men, Federer and Henman, just because they both volley so well. Federer, man, that guy just has every shot.

A limerick to welcome you:

Two siblings named Bob and Mike Bryan

Do mid-air chest bumps while they're flyin'

A Grand Slam in doubles

Should come without troubles

And leave unrelated teams cryin!
-- Doyle Srader, Nacogdoches, Texas

Bob: Thanks, Doyle.

Mike: That guy and Spadea should hook up!

Sports Illustrated senior writer Jon Wertheim covers tennis for the magazine and is a regular contributor to SI.com.

Bob, how often do you get the singles bug?
-- Mark, Washington, D.C.

Not so much anymore. It used to bug me that I wasn't playing a lot because I was playing well. But I had three match points on Baghdatis in November in the qualifying of Basel. Him beating me kind of got me fired up again.

Mike: Get this. He qualified and got to the finals. He beat Nalbandian and Haas. That's when he started his run.

Bob: I guarantee that if he had lost to Bob Bryan it would have taken him a couple of years to recover from that.

Here are some Mailbag standbys:

What's your take on the Australian Open women's final?

Bob: It was great for us, because since Justine defaulted we got a ton of ESPN time and everyone [in the stands] loved it.

Mike: I sure hope it was a legitimate injury.

Bob: I think it was. It's just that you can play three more games and give the crowd their money's worth.

Mike: She's a fighter and she's proven it. But if she does it again it's really going to be bad. Everyone is talking about it. She was getting killed, so why not just finish it up and give Mauresmo a match point?

Who's your favorite WTA player to watch?

Mike: I like watching Henin.

Bob: Yeah, if I had her backhand I'd be top 10. If she were a little bigger she could go on the men's tour and crush guys with that thing.

Another bus tour lined up?

Bob: We'd like to.

Mike: But it's up to the big man, Andy.

Biggest advantage of a righty-lefty team?

Mike: I think it's that with a righty serve and then a lefty serve, you don't give the other team a rhythm.

Bob: It's good for the wind.

Mike: Plus with the forehands in the middle we have more reach at the net. When we poach, we both hit forehand volleys.

Favorite Tour stop?

Mike: Used to be Acapulco.

Bob: Might be Vegas this year.

Best rivalry in doubles right now?

Bob: Mike and Leander Paes.

Mike: Us versus Bjorkman and Mirnyi.

Bob: But Leander took some shots at Mike in the press. "He's an insecure little fella."

Mike: I'm insecure. Bob is the better player. He originated the chest bump and we took it from him. I had a long history of trying to hit opponents. Basically he cut me low.

Bob: But he also takes shots at Mahesh. He once said it would take Mahesh two or three lifetimes to have the career he had. Mahesh sent me that e-mail.

[Ed: As Pete Bodo notes, the Australian Open site no longer contains the transcript from Paes and Damm after the final. Weird, no?]

Pete or Andre?

Both: Andre.

Mike: I've always been an Andre person.

Bob: Always, from Day One.

Mike: We went to Vegas in December and Andre showed us his school and hooked us up at his nightclub, Pure.

Bob: It's in Caesar's. It's unbelievable. They say on a good night it makes like 500 grand.

Mike: There's a line outside that wraps around the place.

Bob: He hooked us up with a sweet table in the middle and he got bodyguards for us.

Mike: Not that we needed it.

Bob: He's the man there. James went to Vegas for a bachelor party and Andre hooked him up with rooms at Hard Rock.

Didn't you find it strange that Mario Ancic didn't acknowledge the passing of Pat Morita after his Davis Cup win, considering his sensei Miyagi was instrumental in getting him to this point? I mean, Ancic was waxing on like nobody's business, and he didn't care to mention the man who taught him the crane kick! Just curious what your thoughts are.

[Ed: This letter is premised on the eerie similarity between Ancic and Daniel LaRussa, Ralph Macchio's character in Karate Kid.]

Mike: Nice. Daniel-san.

Bob: That's a good one. Ancic does look like him!

HAVE A GREAT WEEK, EVERYONE. WE'LL BE BACK NEXT WEEK AT OUR REGULAR TIME, PLACE AND FORMAT.

Sports Illustrated senior writer Jon Wertheim covers tennis for the magazine and is a regular contributor to SI.com.

Björki
03-18-2006, 11:54 AM
http://www.atptennis.com/en/doubles/news/

Knowles/Nestor & Bryan Brothers Reach Final

Top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan, who have won two consecutive Grand Slam doubles titles, will attempt to win a second straight ATP Masters Series title when they play third seeds Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor in the Pacific Life Open final Saturday. In Friday's semifinals, the Bryans defeated Simon Aspelin and Todd Perry 7-5, 6-2 following Knowles and Nestor's 7-6(5), 6-1 win over second seeds Jonas Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi.

Knowles and Nestor, who lost to the Bryans in the BNP Paribas Masters final in Paris at the end of last season, will be appearing in their third consecutive ATP Masters Series final, dating back to their victory at Masters Series Madrid last year. They also are the defending Pacific Life Open champions.

The Bryans, who earlier had twice won deciding points at deuce on their own serves in the first set, claimed the only break in the final game of the set against Aspelin/Perry. Perry served at 5-6, 40/15 to take the set into a tie-break but the Bryans won three consecutive points, clinching the set with a lengthy exchange on the deciding point.

The Bryans broke Aspelin to take a 4-2 lead in the second set when Mike Bryan drilled a powerful second-shot forehand down the line that Perry could not control at the net. The Bryans closed out the match soon after by breaking Perry when Mike Bryan executed a perfect topspin lob on match point.

Mike Bryan said: "Everything is going our way at the moment. I think we're playing the best tennis of our careers and we're going to try to keep riding the wave. We made the final here in 2003 and it would be great to win the title this time around."

The Bryans improved to 18-1 on the year and are chasing their third title of the season, following victories at the Australian Open and Las Vegas.

After pulling through the first set in a tie-break, Knowles and Nestor claimed an early break against Bjorkman/Mirnyi and then secured a crucial hold to go up 4-1 by winning a deciding point on Nestor's serve.

"Given the quality of the opponents and the importance of the match, it was probably our best win of the year," Nestor said. "The Bryans have been the best team in the world for the past year and a half but if we play like we did today, we'll be a chance in the final."

Knowles and Nestor will attempt to win their second title of the year (Delray Beach). They have made four finals from their past five appearances.

surfpinky
03-18-2006, 07:36 PM
Mike: Hingis is one of the best players in doubles. Bob actually tried to get her to play mixed at the Australian Open, and Mahesh got her five hours before.
awwww hehe

Björki
03-22-2006, 11:58 AM
http://www.starsforstarsmiami.com/winners/

Doubles Team of the Year

Bob and Mike Bryan, the high-energy, chest-bumping twins from California, carved out a piece of tennis history in 2005.The brothers became just the second team in 50 years to reach the finals of all four Grand Slam tournaments. After enduring defeats in the finals of the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon, the Bryans reversed their fortune in their home country, winning the US Open to claim their 25th title as a tandem. The season saw the duo appear in a circuit-best 11 title matches, capture five crowns and reach the 300-win plateau, finishing at the No. 1 spot.Mired in a tightly contested battle for top team honors, the Bryans prevailed with a surge to end the season. The Americans hoisted the BNP Paribas Masters trophy in the final ATP Masters Series event of 2005 and finished the year with their third consecutive invitation to the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai.

Fan Favorite Doubles:

StarsforStarsMiami.com visitors selected Bob and Mike Bryan as the Fans’ Favorite Doubles Team. The Bryans received 6,090 of the 12,750 votes cast, or 48 percent of all votes. Michael Llodra and Fabrice Santoro attracted 2,157 votes, followed by Jonas Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi with 1,953 votes and Leander Paes and Nenad Zimonjic with 819 votes.

Amber
03-22-2006, 04:04 PM
Congrats to Mike and Bob! They deserve it! :D

http://www.starsforstarsmiami.com/photogallery/photos/2005/f_pic-2005-n22-g.jpg

Golfnduck
03-26-2006, 03:26 PM
I just read the article of atptennis.com about their plane trouble. That's pretty scary :unsure: but at least they are okay now.

cath777
05-05-2006, 02:32 AM
Bob and Mike will be answering questions submitted on the BBC website. You have until Saturday to ask your question at the following link:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/4972470.stm

Deboogle!.
05-11-2006, 06:23 PM
Here are their answers :) They talk about the BARKERS!!!!!! :hearts:
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Bryan twins Q&A
Mike and Bob Bryan

In the third of a series of BBC Sport fan forums building up to the start of the grass court season at the Stella Artois Championships, we gave you the chance to send your questions to the best doubles team in the world - the Bryan twins, Bob and Mike.

Rafael Nadal, Andre Agassi Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt, Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski have already revealed their intention to play at the Stella Artois, 12-18 June at the Queen's Club in London, and the Bryan brothers will be looking to win their third consecutive Stella Artois doubles crown.

Bob and Mike currently head the Stanford ATP Doubles Race, and won the Australian Open crown together in January.

Here are the answers they gave to a selection of your questions.

You and a lot of other top doubles teams were initially against the new doubles scoring format. This has now been operating for a while. How have you found it and do you think the reasons for change are proving valid?
Paul Kitto, England

Bob: They're very valid. Without the shortened format we've played more stadium court matches this year. I think the fans think the scoring is exciting. We've won a lot of close ones and lost close ones.

Overall it hasn't made a lot of difference. We're still playing good tennis and I think the fans are catching onto it.

It is amazing that you both get on well - or at least you appear to! Do you ever/have you ever had a really bad match where you haven't talked about it afterwards?
Gav, Wales

Mike: All the time! It happens when you're twins, are so close and are together all the time. There's so much pressure out there we sometimes let each other hear about it. It happens more than people think.

Even when we look like we're not mad with each other, we're faking it pretty well because we're saying stuff under our breath!

Do you intend to concentrate on doubles tennis or do you have ambitions to achieve on the singles scene?
Phil Kenny, England

Bob: Hopefully the rules will change and I'll be able to use my doubles ranking in singles tournaments because that's going to be my only shot!

Apart from the Williams sisters and Andy Roddick, how do you feel about the current lack of top American singles players in both the men's and women's game?
Lucy Dean, England

Mike: In the women's game they've always had top American players - it's just the injuries to the Williams sisters, Lindsay Davenport and Capriati.

In the men's game I think it's just a matter of time until James Blake can win a Grand Slam. He's already in the top 10. Robby Ginepri when he gets his confidence going is one of the best players. It's just a matter of time before those guys break through in a big way.

How highly you rate Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi on the doubles circuit?
Puneet Kumar Datta, UK

Bob: They're two of the greatest players that have played the doubles game. I've never played a better player than Leander when he's playing his best tennis. He's one of the quickest movers and has every shot. Mahesh is one of the toughest competitors and best returners.

I think they'll go down in the history books probably as the greatest doubles players to come from India - or anywhere.

Being twins, does that give you an innate connection that other double players don't have? Could you be so good with new partners?
Kirklain, Canada

Mike: Yes we do have that connection, because we think alike and have been together almost every day of our lives. When we're out there I know what he's thinking and what he's going to do. We have the advantage of being together for 28 years and playing thousands of matches together.

Do you think the top players' focus on singles only has resulted in reduced public attention to doubles? McEnroe used to be a top singles and doubles player but we do not see this now.
Oscar Urday, Peru

Bob: It would be great if guys like Federer, Nadal and Roddick played more doubles. They play once in a while. Doubles is not shown on TV a lot. It's not played on big courts and it wasn't promoted as well as singles but now that's starting to turn around. I think the ATP is doing a great job with the New Revolution campaign and doubles should now take off.

Who is the greatest American tennis player of all time; Connors, McEnroe, Sampras or Agassi?
Mark Witchell, UK

Mike: I'm a big fan of Agassi. I've loved watching him and we idolised him when we were growing up. I think to win a Grand Slam on every surface is one of the toughest things to do. And he's still playing at 36. I'd have to say Agassi.

What kind of influence did your parents have on your careers? Were they very pushy?
Ian McCormack, UK

Bob: They had a huge influence because they were both tennis pros and they owned a tennis club. They got us playing from when we were two years old but they weren't pushy.

They made tennis fun for us. They made sure we travelled with friends and played in big group games. They never forced a racquet into our hands. They made it fun and we wanted to play because we loved it.

Do you find it frustrating that you rarely get to compete at doubles against the top singles players?
Anthony Minoprio, UK

Mike: We're playing against a lot of great players. Almost 50% of our matches are against top singles players now. We've played Federer, Nadal, Roddick - all these guys.

With the new rules changes we're playing against more singles guys and we like that - it provides a contrast and it's good for the fans to see two great singles guys play two doubles specialists.

I'd like to know what your favourite tournament is and which tournament you want to win the most.
Ellen, Melbourne, Australia

Bob: Indian Wells and Miami. We love playing in those. India Wells because we're from southern California and it's always beautiful down there. We've been to the finals twice and we want to win that one - and Wimbledon.

What do you think about Britain's Davis Cup hopes in the next decade? Do you think it is worth taking the risk on players such as Richard and William Barker - doubles specialists like yourselves.
Stuart Searle, England

Mike: We know the Barker twins. They're great doubles players and great guys. We've had some tough matches against them in exhibitions.

And Andy Murray - he can play. He's still young and is filling the shoes of Tim Henman. They've got good Davis Cup hopes. They have a good shot.

You have already achieved so much in your careers. What are your aims for the rest of this year and for the future?
Lauren, Wales

Bob: We'd love to win another Grand Slam this year. We want to win our Davis Cup semi-final match in Moscow and try and finish as number one again.

Tennis has been such a big part of your lives for so many years but if you hadn't have taken up tennis what do you think you would have done?
Mhairi, Glasgow, Scotland

Mike: We love music. We've been playing music all our lives so if we didn't have to focus all our energy on tennis we'd probably put it all into music, form a band and try to make it and get famous that way!

If you could play against any combination in the history of tennis who would you play against?
Gavin Shand, Scotland

Bob: John McEnroe and Peter Fleming. They were one of the greatest teams of all time and I'd love to see how we'd match up against them. Time warp them to todays's game and see how they'd play with the racquets, McEnroe's finesse and all that!

Mashik
05-11-2006, 07:34 PM
They are serious and funny as always :yeah:
We wanted to send our question, but it was too late when we decided what to ask :lol: :rolleyes:
Next time, I hope :cool:

surfpinky
05-16-2006, 10:55 PM
sorry that the article/pictures didn't come out that nice ):

Björki
06-26-2006, 06:39 AM
Sunday, June 25, 2006
http://www.atptennis.com/shared/photos/other/bryans_blog1.jpg
© David Ianmac Keep

Hi everyone. It's Mike blogging today. We'll mix it up during the Wimbledon 'fortnight' to keep you on your toes. Bob will make his first post Monday.

We've settled into a three-bedroom apartment about a 10 minute walk from Wimbledon village and we've set up our music studio in the garage. The biggest problem so far is that our neighbors have a six-month-old baby. The other night we were wailing it and they were pounding on the door telling us to shut up but it was so loud we couldn't even hear them. But we've come to a compromise. We can go for it all we want during the day and we keep it down at night.

This is a different apartment to the one we had last year, which was even nicer. But we scratched the floor with the amplifier and the piano so we can't go back there. We had to pay $2500 for a new floor to make good. This place isn't bad... it's not huge but it's got three bedrooms and has wireless internet, which we need, and cable, so we've been watching all the big World Cup soccer games. We were looking at another house which was a lot bigger but they had pets. We've already been struggling with hay fever over here so we didn't want to make our allergies even worse.

Between the two of us our per diem doesn't quite cover the cost of the apartment, which runs us about US$550 to US$600 a night. So we're coming up a little short but we're both playing mixed - Bob with Venus and me with Corina Morariu - and hopefully we'll make up a little of the shortfall there. My girlfriend is also coming in to stay so we'll get her to cook a few meals to save us some cash!

When we got here we went to AC music and rented a piano, guitar and a PR system and we have the garage rigged up pretty sweet. The garage isn't sound proof - there are a couple of holes in the garage so the sound penetrates the walls. And we like to crank it up! Andy said he could hear us from the bottom of the street as he was walking up the other day. We've been practicing a lot since we've been here and we have a gig on Wednesday night. We could be drawn to play on Thursday but we go on at 7.30 and we'll just bust out 10 songs and then get back to the apartment.

Andy's been coming over and listening to our music and we're trying to get him to make a cameo at the gig. But he needs to step out of his comfort zone with 'Ice, Ice, Baby.' We've been rehearsing some new material including Eminem and 8 Mile. Glenn Weiner has been here the past couple of hours - he has a great voice.

We're staying pretty close to Andy - we're in the same little subdivision. We had a poker game the other night at Andy's house with the American guys including Mardy, James, Todd Martin and Scott Humphries. I took Andy out in the first five minutes of the game but John Roddick ended up winning the game.

For dinner we just have a 10 minute walk up the hill from our apartment to the restaurants. Our favorite is the Thai Tho - we've been making a lot of take-out runs. Usually the loser of a card game will walk up the hill to get it. We've been having a lot of red curries and green curries. For breakfast we've been meeting Andy each day at Giraffes. I've been going for a full English breakfast of two fried eggs, sausage, bacon, potato wedges and baked beans. They also specialize in fruit smoothies and we've been going for the papaya fruit smoothie: mint, lime and banana. It's called the Giddy Giraffe.

Oh, in the photo of us you'll also see Raj Chaodhuri, who coaches Corina Morariu, Lisa Raymond and Jill Craybass. He's from California and is one of our buddies who loves to sing. Also in the photo is our trainer, Eric Wilkinson, who sings and plays guitar.

Talk to you tomorrow

Mike

Mashik
06-26-2006, 03:50 PM
:woohoo:
I hope this blog will bring them luck :D

HEiKE
07-08-2006, 11:37 PM
:woohoo:
I hope this blog will bring them luck :D

It obviously did!! :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

Amber
08-24-2006, 01:52 PM
Bob and Mike will be featured on Good Morning America on Sunday, August 27th! Be sure to check your local listings for time and channel. Woooo to National Coverage! :D

Deboogle!.
08-24-2006, 02:40 PM
:eek: Awesome! thanks for the heads up :D

Mashik
08-24-2006, 06:28 PM
Great news! :D
But I don't have a chance to see them :sad:

Deboogle!.
08-24-2006, 08:35 PM
I might be able to make a video file of it :)

Björki
08-24-2006, 09:08 PM
Yes pls Deb :)

Mashik
08-24-2006, 09:16 PM
Thank you, Deb! :kiss:

ataptc
08-25-2006, 07:47 AM
please do :D

Amber
08-25-2006, 01:00 PM
I just found out they're also featured in Sports Illustrated. I'm not sure if it's this week's or next week's, so make sure you look through the issue before you buy it! I haven't seen the article myself, so I'm not sure how long it is or what it's about, but it's more exposure for Bob and Mike so it's good! :)

Deboogle!.
08-27-2006, 03:07 PM
The guys were cute on Good Morning America. They were at a court in the Hampptons (NY) They tried to help the reporter play tennis :lol: They talk a lot why they chose doubles, etc. It was only about 3 min long but it was cute :)

I'll see what I can do about sticking it on a dvd and ripping it....

Björki
08-27-2006, 03:48 PM
Bryans Lead Doubles Revolution and Tour 8/24/06

By Matthew Cronin, special to USTA.com

If Mike and Bob Bryan hadn’t popularized the chest bump in tennis, who knows where the men’s doubles game would be today?
But the charismatic California twins have taken the doubles game on their broad shoulders and have helped to nudge it back toward the limelight.

They are the standard bearers for the ATP’s Doubles Revolution campaign and with their father, Wayne, they are largely responsible for convincing the ATP Tour not to completely do away with doubles specialists.

Part-time musicians, the Bryans just composed a song (appropriately titled, “Revolution”), which celebrates the team part of the sport and just how exciting it can be to view rapid-fire, quick-handed landscape of modern doubles.

They understand that in order to insure that doubles remains an integral part of the pro game, they must give fans a little extra something to keep them coming back to the ticket counters.

Unless they are playing in front of a hostile crowd in a foreign land, the Bryans are one of the most animated duos on court, hand-slapping, yelling, and, of course, flying high in the air so chest can meet chest.

“This is an entertainment industry,” Bob said after he and Mike won their third 2006 US Open Series Masters shield in Toronto. “We want to put on a good show for the fans. We were signing autographs yesterday.

They were like, ‘Where was the chest bump? We didn't see it.’ We're like, ‘Okay, we'll give you one tomorrow.’ We don't want to get [Canadian Daniel] Nestor's fans riled up. We wanted to keep then down. People were asking for it. We decided to put in a couple today.”

It’s one thing to develop an entertaining shtick, but it’s another to become the tour’s top team. This year, the Bryans have more than solidified their status as tennis’ dominant pairing. They’ve won six titles in 2006, and at Wimbledon, completed a career Grand Slam. In Toronto, they nailed their 18 win a row and fourth consecutive title.
They will be a substantial favorites going into the US Open, where they won their first crown last year over Jonas Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi.

“Best streak of our career,” said Mike. “It all started at Wimbledon. Down two sets to one and a break, toughed that one out. Went on an amazing run to win our first Wimbledon title and complete the career Slam. Feels like all the pressure has been lifted off of us. We're just having fun playing tennis now. We don't have that burning desire to win that last Grand Slam title. We got them all. Now we're just trying to pile them on top.”

The twins have won four Slam crowns - beginning with their first one at 2003 Roland Garros, their second at the 2005 US Open and their third and fourth at this year's Australian Open and Wimbledon. They've been the world's top ranked doubles team for the past two years and are a tremendous bet to do the same in 2006, as they lead the rankings by nearly 1200 points.

By winning the career Slam, the 28-year-old lefty (Bob)-righty (Mike) combination gave themselves a shot at the Hall of Fame. They are only one of three Open Era teams to do so joining Jacco Eltingh and Paul Harhuis of the Netherlands and Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge of Australia.

Wimbledon was the brothers’ seventh consecutive appearance in a Grand Slam doubles final and when they won it, Bob hit a ball into the crowd and then Mike jumped into Bob’s arms.

“We've been thinking about this career Slam since we won the U.S. Open and the Australian back-to-back” said Mike at Wimbledon.

“I told Bob, right when I hugged him, ‘We got 'em all, man, we got 'em all.’ Mike said. “It's the best feeling in the world. If someone would have said when we started out that you are gonna have all four Grand Slam titles by the time your career is over, I would have said you're a pathological liar. It's so hard to win one. To have all four, and they've happened so quick over the last two years, it’s pretty cool. Especially to share it with your twin brother."
Just like they have in Davis Cup, the Bryans picked up the pieces for other Americans when the going was tough at Wimbledon. No U.S. singles players advanced to the quarterfinals, but America has always has had consistent, standout doubles teams.

The Bryans may just end up going down as the best U.S. team of the Open Era.

“We got a title for the USA,” Mike said. “It feels good to get a title for those guys. They had a shocking Wimbledon to their standards. We stepped up, which is pretty cool. [US Davis Cup captain] Pat McEnroe was at our match and supporting us, saying, ‘Do it for the U.S.’ After we saw him, he's like, ‘You guys got one more to win now, and that's Davis Cup.’”

Speaking of Davis Cup, since being named to the squad in 2003, the identical twins have notched an 8-1 record in Cup play. When the U.S. travels to Russia for the September semifinals, captain McEnroe will again be counting on the boys to make Saturday into automatic point for the USA.

"They genuinely love the competition," McEnroe said. "We have fun in practice every day. It's competitive, but in a positive way. When they're playing in a tough match, in a tight situation, they still joke with each other and get into it. It makes it special."

The Bryans will not only be going for their second consecutive crown in New York, but Bob will play mixed doubles with the legendary Martina Navratilova in her last tournament.

At Wimbledon, Mike got the chance to team with the 49-year-old Navratilova and they reached the final.

“Martina asked me, I thought it would be an honor to play the last Grand Slam with her,” Bob said. Mixed doubles is fun. You can't take it too seriously. Anything can happen out there. You're losing serve all the all over the place. Just kind of got to smile and have fun. If you take it too seriously, it doesn't go your way.”

While the Bryans are sure to have a blast playing mixed, they will put their game faces on for the men’s doubles. Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Spain’s Rafael Nadal are favored to reach the men’s singles final, but in doubles, it’s the 6-foot-4 inch twosome from Camarillo who are expected to make hay for the USA once again.

“American doubles, we got it taken care of,” Bob said.

Kudz
08-27-2006, 07:18 PM
The guys were cute on Good Morning America. They were at a court in the Hampptons (NY) They tried to help the reporter play tennis :lol: They talk a lot why they chose doubles, etc. It was only about 3 min long but it was cute :)

I'll see what I can do about sticking it on a dvd and ripping it....
That would be so good if you could upload a clip!

Tinne
09-28-2006, 07:12 AM
Anybody want to win cool Bryan Bros prizes?
My friends at bobandmike.com are holding a captation contest. You can win an autographed shirt, an autographed Wilson poster or an autographed player badge! Very nice! :D

Go to bobandmike.com for more info or try this link: http://www.bobandmike.com/Contest.html

Deboogle!.
11-30-2006, 02:36 AM
From a SoCal paper
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Bryan Brothers Double the Fun
No. 1 Doubles Team to Highlight PTC Anniversary
November 29, 2006
Steve Galluzzo , Sports Editor

If it's true that the best things in life are free then the Palisades Tennis Center is the place to be this Sunday. In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Tennis Center staff have organized 'Rackets, Stars and Guitars,' a family event chock full of world-class talent from sports and entertainment.

Although the entire event is free, attendees are encouraged to donate old tennis rackets, which will be donated to underprivileged kids, Los Angeles Parks, Toys for Tots and after-school Tennis Programs. PTC staff are hoping to collect 1,000 rackets. If you don't have any rackets, bring a toy.

Headlining are Bob and Mike Bryan, the No. 1-ranked doubles team in the world, who will play an exhibition against fellow touring pros.

Additionally, Grand Slam champion and former Palisadian Pam Shriver will be there with her husband George Lazenby (who played James Bond in 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'). Actresses and frequent Palisades Tennis Center patrons Elisabeth Shue, Donna Mills, Camryn Manheim, Rae Dawn Chong and Melissa Rivers of the TV Guide Channel are also attending, as are comedian Jon Lovitz and Gavin Rossdale (lead singer of the rock band Bush).

Local pro beach volleyball legends Sinjin Smith and Randy Stoklos will play an exhibition in the Rec Center gym.

Born and raised in Southern California, the Bryans have dominated men's tennis for the last five years and have won all four professional tennis Grand Slam tournaments: Wimbledon, the French Open, the Australian Open and the U.S. Open. They have shattered many other records, including reaching an unprecedented seven Grand Slam Finals in a row. They are just now in the prime of their careers.

"The Bryan Brothers are now one of the top three or four attractions in all of pro tennis along with [Roger] Federer and [Andy] Roddick,' says John Muir, who runs Worldwide Tennis for Wilson Sporting Goods, one of the PTC event's sponsors. "They only play in packed center court stadiums now and their autograph sessions are the most popular in tennis.'

The Bryans' rise to fame both on and off the tennis court has been meteoric. Born two minutes apart, they were both straight A students, No. 1-ranked national juniors and both received full-ride scholarships to Stanford, where they led their team to NCAA Titles both years they played before turning pro. Bob did the unthinkable in 1998, winning the NCAA singles, doubles and team competition all in the same year.

Not only do the Bryans excel on the court, they are talented musicians as well. Their band plays rock concerts all over the world. Bob is a virtuoso on keyboard and a great producer and Mike was an accomplished drummer but switched to guitar because of wrist issues a couple of years ago.

"These guys are flat-out talented musicians, great guys and incredible role models," says Fender Musical Instruments Senior Vice President Richard McDonald (another event sponsor).

'In my position, I get to see some great musicians and the Bryan's hold their own as the real deal. They are genuinely passionate about their music and it shows.'

The Bryans' parents, Wayne and Kathy, were both tennis players and coaches. Kathy reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon in 1965 and Wayne is a world-renowned announcer at many pro events, including the U.S. Open and Nasdaq-100 in Key Biscayne. He is also the author of "Raising Your Child To Be A Champion in Arts, Athletics and Academics."

Growing up they did not let their boys play each other in tournaments, so Bob and Mike took turns defaulting when they were scheduled. 'Family was our first priority and we were not going to let any tennis match get in the way of that,' Wayne says.

The Bryan Brothers, who are currently appearing in People Magazine's 'Sexiest People' issue, are now the driving force behind America's recent success in Davis Cup, having compiled a 9-1 record. They each gave up promising singles careers because by making it to the doubles final each week, they could never arrive on time for the singles qualifier at the following weeks' tournament. Collectively they have wins over No. 3-ranked Nicolay Davydenko, No. 4-ranked James Blake, Tim Henman, Robbie Ginepri, Taylor Dent and Mardy Fish. Together they made doubles one of the most heavily-marketed components of pro tennis and an integral part of all tournaments.

'I think tennis is one of the best gifts you can give a child and one of the best things a family can do together,' says Palisades Tennis Center and Tennis Channel Television Network founder Steve Bellamy. 'It is a sport that gives you fitness for life. It can be played at any skill level, it is gender neutral, it is played in every country in the world and there are nearly one million tennis courts in public parks across America, most of which are free to the public. You can learn tennis when you are age two and still be playing it when you are 102.'

Bellamy is no stranger to music as he recorded five albums, toured the country and had singles on national radio before founding the Tennis Center. He has spent a lot of time playing music and concerts with the Bryan Brothers, performing at venues in, among other places, London, New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles.

Bellamy recently acquired the recording studio in the 881 Alma Real Building where the PTC's corporate offices are now located.

'The fact that the greatest doubles team in the history of the sport is coming and people can actually hit with them before watching them perform is a less than rare opportunity,' Bellamy says. 'And the fact that after the tennis is over you get to watch the greatest doubles team in the history of beach volleyball before a Bryan Brothers concert is icing on a great cake.'

Two kids who can't wait to watch the two pros they most admire and emulate are Derek and Garret Vincent. 'Even though we're cousins, we want to be just like the Bryan brothers, great at tennis and great friends,' Calvary student Derek says.

'Just like Bob and Mike, we want to be great sports and chest bump after a great shot,' Garret adds. 'We even want to be in a band. We practice using our racquets as air guitars!'

A player who has grown up at the Tennis Center and holds the No. 1 national ranking in boys doubles is 15-year-old Walker Kehrer. 'I can't believe the Bryan Bros are coming to the park,' he says. 'They have been my favorite players since I started playing at the PTC 10 years ago and I've seen them win all four Grand Slams.'

Kehrer will be in Florida on Sunday for the worlds' biggest junior tournament, the Orange Bowl. 'If I lose I'll be back to play the Bryan Brothers on my home court and if I win I'll be in Florida, hopefully winning the same tournament that some of the greatest players in the game have all played,' he says 'So I'm good either way.'

This is not the first time the Palisades Tennis Center has hosted a pro exhibition. Shortly after the facility opened in late 1996, Jimmy Connors played a charity match against Palisadian John Lloyd. In July 1997, Adidas sponsored an exhibition between ATP Tour pros Marcos Ondrusca and Michael Joyce. Patrick Rafter and Byron Black took on Jan-Michael Gambill and his brother Torrey in a Prince-sponsored exhibition in July 1998. The Gambill brothers returned the following year with fellow pro Taylor Dent for an Adidas-sponsored exhibition.

"Our family has experienced so many wonderful events in the Palisades over the years, says Palisadian Jimmy Dunne. 'But the Jimmy Connors/John Lloyd exhibition was one of my favorite days in our town. It was the best of the Palisades. Hundreds of families blanketed the hillside of the park watching two of games greats'. Martin Short emceeing that match was absolutely hysterical.'

Dunne is looking forward to Sunday as well: 'The way the Bryan Brothers move together and play together will be a treat to watch at our town park."

The Palisades Tennis Center is home to one of the best junior programs in the country and has gained worldwide recognition for its "live ball" drills and innovative teaching techniques.

'This is an exciting time for tennis in the Palisades,' says PTC manager Heidi Wessels. 'We have had our best year at the park, the courts have been packed, we have just finished a complete pro shop re-model and are adding a number of new clothing lines to the shop including Nike and possibly LaCoste.'

Rivers, who lives in the Palisades and plays regularly at the PTC, is grateful for the chance to watch world-class tennis practically in her own backyard: 'For kids in the Palisades to have an opportunity to watch and hit against the pros is awesome. My son Cooper is turning six on Friday and he's in the big hitters class. I've seen the Bryans perform music, but have never gotten to see them play tennis other than on television. I can't wait.'

Parking is free at 881 Alma Real next to the Rec Center, courtesy of Palisadians Greg Schem and Bill Simon.

'I encourage anyone who has never seen tennis, or never seen a rock concert, to come out and watch,' Wayne Bryan says. 'The Bros are pumped and it is going to be quite an event.'

Mashik
11-30-2006, 04:50 PM
Thank you very much, Deb :D

There are not much information about them during the off-season :(

Deboogle!.
12-01-2006, 05:50 PM
Yea I know huh? :(

According to their site, though, they're doing a whole bunch of charity appearances around the US. So maybe there will be more news from those :)

Deboogle!.
12-07-2006, 10:13 PM
Bryan twins bump it up a notch
Flashy doubles team a big hit at Shriver's charity exhibition


By Sandra McKee
Sun Reporter

December 7, 2006

It came in the last game of the set - the Bryan brothers' famed chest bump.

It came after a point in which each brother had made a terrific play. Bob made the first, keeping the ball in play with an amazing backward backhand on what looked like a winner. Mike made the next, splitting Mardy Fish and Robby Ginepri with a winning, driving volley deep into the middle of the court.

Mike looked at Bob, and Bob at Mike. Smiles burst out. A hand slap. And then, the leap into the air for the bump.

The crowd of more than 5,000 at 1st Mariner Arena for Pam Shriver's Mercantile Tennis Challenge laughed and applauded in appreciation.

"They're good, really good," said Fish, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist, after he and Ginepri had lost, 8-4, in the pro set. "I played them in Los Angeles and you come off the court not believing how you lost. ... I mean, we'd played well, but you just say, 'God, they're really good.' "

Ginepri was equally enamored, admitting he even likes watching them practice.:lol: :yeah:

"They do all these quick drills with their hands that are amazing," he said. "They just always know what the other is going to do.":inlove::worship:

Last night, it showed as the twins displayed their versatility. In some games it was all about positioning. In others it was about hitting harder than the other guys. In others it was about simply making one more play.

And some of it happened so fast it was hard to see the ball - like on the third point of the first game. Ginepri hit a slow-moving, high return that appeared headed deep into the service box or the backcourt, but the ball suddenly came back at him at the speed of sound when Mike Bryan cut it off at the net with a leaping slam-dunk.

"I thought it was great tennis by all four of us," Bob Bryan said.

"I hope the fans had a great time," Mike said. "Pam did a great job putting this event together."

"And we look forward to coming back and doing this again," Bob said.

This is the 21st year of the event that raises money for children's charities in Baltimore. It has raised more than $4 million over the years, and last night a check for $225,000 was presented to the Baltimore Community Foundation for distribution.

The evening began with Fish, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist in singles, and Ginepri, a rising American currently in the top 50, playing an eight-game pro set in the Northrop Grumman Legends Match that Fish won, 8-6, with a break in the last game.

The pro set is won by the player who wins eight games. If the score is tied 8-8, the set is decided by a tiebreaker.

In the Orioles Challenge, Martina Navratilova teamed with her U.S. Open-winning doubles partner, Bob Bryan, to beat Lindsay Davenport and Mike Bryan, 6-4. Afterward, each Bryan brother teamed for one game with Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts against Navratilova and Davenport - the score is unimportant, but Mike Bryan caused a stir by hitting a ball into Navratilova's chest. After a sincere apology, play continued.:rolls:

Navratilova, who retired after she and Bob won the U.S. Open mixed doubles title in September, said she is having a wonderful time playing in celebrity and charity matches now that the pro pressure is off.

A night like last night, she said, is especially fun when it allows her to play with and against the Bryans.

"They're just so great," Navratilova said. "They're such boys on the court, they make me laugh."

And they leave their opponents happy, too.

"It's fun playing them no matter what," Ginepri said. "No one else is doing the chest bump."

Said Fish: "They're obviously a good team. But now, let's play them in singles and see what happens."

• NOTE // At the end of the evening, host Shriver presented Navratilova with a birthday cake and champagne in honor of her 50th birthday, and the crowd sang "Happy Birthday."

Mashik
12-07-2006, 10:52 PM
Thanks Deb! :kiss:
I was looking for the final score everywhere, but it seems like they find it useless to write about :rolleyes:
Robby is a fan of the Bryans as I see :yeah: :lol:

ataptc
12-09-2006, 02:48 AM
thanks Deb :)

but Mike Bryan caused a stir by hitting a ball into Navratilova's chest. After a sincere apology, play continued.:rolls:
:spit: he was still bitter after losing to his bro and her before that :lol:

Deboogle!.
12-16-2006, 11:26 PM
Brothers Bryan show off on Centre Court

World's No. 1 doubles team wins exhibition

By JOHN SHEARER, Special to the News Sentinel
December 15, 2006

LOUISVILLE - For Bob and Mike Bryan, the top-ranked professional doubles tennis players in the world, being able to serve the Blount County community while hitting a few serves during an exhibition at Centre Court Racquet Club on Thursday night seemed worthwhile.

"We have been on the road doing exhibitions for the last 10 days and it fit in with our schedule nicely," said Bob, adding that they have played previously in the Knoxville area in the Challenger tournaments. "We know a lot of people in the area and are good friends with (University of Tennessee assistant tennis coach) Chris Woodruff."


Approximately 350 people - many of whom paid $100 a ticket - turned out to watch the 28-year-old identical twins from Florida defeat former UT standouts Woodruff and Mario Toledo 8-3 in a pro set exhibition.

Proceeds benefited the Blount County Education Foundation.

In a tune-up to the main match, the Bryans played four games each with or against eight local players who had won various division tournaments at the club. Those included Jennifer Simpson, Joanne Huddleston, Jackie French, Travis Ferguson, Ryota Yoshida, Amir Salem, Cameron Dickerson and James Dickerson.

They also conducted clinics at the center.

In the matches against the club players, they simply had fun. On one occasion, Bob gave the brothers' _familiar chest bump to 8-year-old Salem after a winning point. During another match, their father, Wayne, who also is their business manager and served as the announcer, made his famous sons try to hit shots while holding hands with people from the audience.

While fans cheered primarily for Woodruff and Toledo, they did give the Bryans a loud applause when they changed from blue shirts into University of Tennessee shirts after the fifth game.

The Bryans - who have won four Grand Slam double titles, including the Australian Open and Wimbledon earlier this year - say they hope to have five to seven years of good tennis left, including playing in the Olympics in 2008.

In contrast to singles, where the top men in the world usually peak in their early 20s, they say that 30 is considered the ideal age for doubles on the professional level because more refined skills are needed.

Although they both have played plenty of singles, including when Bob won the NCAA in 1998 while they were at Stanford, they feel they have made the right decision focusing on doubles.

"We decided about 4 or 5 years ago that we wanted to do doubles," said Mike. "We get more satisfaction out of doubles victories."

Deboogle!.
12-18-2006, 12:54 AM
Bryan Brothers, doubles champs, rock the house
Scene & Heard
From the Baltimore Sun

By Sloane Brown
Special to the Sun

December 17, 2006

You may know Bob and Mike Bryan as the world's No. 1-ranked doubles team in tennis. But, who knew that they were dynamite on keyboards, guitar and drums in their own Bryan Brothers rock band?

Just ask any of the gang - like Baltimore CEO Club president Doug Strouse, tennis champions Andrea Leand and Elise Burgin, Baltimore Tennis Patrons board member Gail Hagerty and tennis teaching pro Ronald Scott. They were all at the Rock-n-Racquets Reception and Auction shindig that Baltimore-born tennis champ Pam Shriver throws every year, the night before her annual Mercantile Tennis Challenge.

"They like music as much as they like tennis," their father, Wayne Bryan, explained, as his sons rocked the Hippodrome Theatre's reception hall. The elder Bryan apparently set the family standard, working as a tennis coach and performing in his own rock 'n' roll band for the last 30 years.

"We used to bring the boys to some of our gigs when they were small, and they'd sleep behind the stage," Wayne Bryan said. Those same band members continue to perform with the younger Bryans, who have apparently rebelled against playing just the old rock standards, according to their dad. "They play [songs by] U2, Dave Matthews, John Mayer. So, they've made the band learn them."

The rebellion certainly was a victory this particular night; the audience thoroughly enjoyed the show. How could you not, when Shriver and former doubles partner Martina Navratilova acted as the band's go-go dancers during its opening number, "Brown-Eyed Girl"?:spit: :haha:

"I think they missed their calling," noted Clinton Kelly, president of Baltimore Tennis Patrons, the night's top beneficiary. His friend Tom Wilcox, Baltimore Community Foundation president, heartily agreed.

"What a wonderful prelude to tomorrow night," said Sharon Perfetti, director of the Cool Kids Campaign, one of the party's other beneficiaries.

Deboogle!.
01-21-2007, 06:21 PM
From the latest issue of ESPN Magazine :lol:

Mashik
01-22-2007, 12:26 AM
From the latest issue of ESPN Magazine :lol:
Thanks Deb! :D
:lol: I like their almost non-tennis interviews! :rolls:

Björki
01-27-2007, 10:03 AM
BRYAN‑BRYAN/Bjorkman‑Mirnyi

7‑5, 7‑5

An interview with:

BOB and MIKE BRYAN

THE MODERATOR: Questions.

Q. Bjorkman and Mirnyi beat you the last four times. Was that sweet revenge?

BOB BRYAN: Three or four?

MIKE BRYAN: He probably knows better than us. Last year they beat us in three finals. We finally beat Jonas in a Grand Slam final. He was 3‑0 against us.

BOB BRYAN: 3‑1. We beat him at the US Open.

MIKE BRYAN: He's a tough player. Yeah, it feels kind of like a little revenge. You know, we'd be happy to beat anyone in there.

A Grand Slam final is a Grand Slam final. It's good to beat a tough player like Jonas. He doesn't give you the match.

Q. You've won all four Grand Slam doubles titles. Have you any ambitions left?

BOB BRYAN: We always want to play well at these tournaments, these Grand Slams. I think it's where you're remembered in this game. We want to stack up against some of the great teams.

By winning all four, that put us in the history books. Davis Cup's big for us. We always want to play well at Davis Cup. We lost in the finals to Spain that one year. I know James Blake and Andy Roddick are really ambitious about the Davis Cup. We want to help them win that.

Q. What makes you a great doubles team?

MIKE BRYAN: We're twins. We've been playing together since we were five years old. We're a lefty‑righty combination. Bob is a huge server; I'm a pretty good returner. If you play thousands of matches together, you're going to flow well out there on the court.

We don't use too many signals. We just wing it now. We've played so many matches that we kind of read each other's minds out there.

Q. How do you compare this win with your other Grand Slam wins?

BOB BRYAN: Every one is special. It's great to come out and start this year well. We're on top of the rankings right now. It's good to have that little one up on everyone to start the year.

I can't say it's more special than any other ones we had. Winning that first one is awesome. Winning Wimbledon was a dream come true just because it completed the set of four. Winning the Open in our own country was certainly special also.

But to come down here and get to the finals four years in a row, to defend our first ‑‑ it's the first time we've ever defended a Grand Slam. That's also special.

Q. You spoke about wanting to stack up against the great doubles teams. In your opinion, who are those teams?

BOB BRYAN: The Woodies are up there. McEnroe/Fleming. Eltingh/Haarhuis, they won all four. Who else would you consider?

MIKE BRYAN: Stan Smith and Bob Lutz. You can go back. I'd say at the top of the list, you probably would have to say the Woodies. For us, I think they're the greatest team of all time. What they did at Wimbledon, their domination, they dominated over a decade. Just playing against them, we actually were lucky enough to play against them. Them not being big guys, they still dismantled teams with their poaching, their intelligent play out there.

Yeah, I think definitely on paper and being able to play against them, I think they're the greatest team to ever play.

Q. What do you think set them apart? Was it their intelligence?

MIKE BRYAN: They used the angles. They didn't have a big serve, but they used the angles. Yeah, they dissected teams. They had the great scouting reports, would figure out ways to beat, you know, the big teams. I think they won five Wimbledons in a row. Grass is a surface that neutralizes. It's pretty short points. They somehow won five in a row.

BOB BRYAN: That's probably what was so impressive. They didn't have a huge weapon, but they were able to use their minds, their solid Aussie volleys to really tear teams up.

Q. Do you ever get the hankering to go out and play singles?

BOB BRYAN: This is what we do. This is kind of where we want to leave our mark. It's tough now. The way the rankings are set up, we'd have to go back to the minor leagues and play over in Waco, Texas, for two years, grind it out. We don't have that kind of time any more at 28 years old.

This is what the sponsors pay us to do, is play doubles. They want to see us on the doubles court. We're loving doing it. We have more fun. It's more gratifying to win a doubles match with Mike, to share it with him.

Q. Have you ever had the feeling that maybe you'd like to split up at some stage?

MIKE BRYAN: No.

Q. Never crossed your mind?

MIKE BRYAN: It has crossed our mind when we have those tough moments when we're fighting after a loss. We're in this together. We're going to finish our careers together. Yeah, as Bob said, it's more special winning. Obviously it hurts a little bit worse losing with your twin brother because, you know, he feels like he can say anything to me and I can say anything to him ‑ and we usually do.

Yeah, I mean, we're having a great time doing this thing together.

Björki
01-27-2007, 10:42 AM
Bryans back-to-back
by Aaron Lawton
Saturday, 27 January, 2007

Bob and Mike Bryan, the world's leading doubles combination, have claimed their second Australian Open crown with a 7-5 7-5 win over rivals Max Mirnyi and Jonas Bjorkman on Day 13 at Melbourne Park.

Heading into their fourth consecutive finals appearance at the year’s first Grand Slam, the American brothers were favourites, despite Mirnyi and Bjorkman being the tournament's No.2 seeds.

However, with Bjorkman and Mirnyi boasting wins from the last three clashes between the pairs, most notably to claim the title at Roland Garros last year, the match was always going to be hotly contested.

However, after one hour and 33 minutes it was the American duo that emerged victorious with their fifth career victory over Mirnyi and Bjorkman in the ninth meeting.

Aware of their recent form against the Swede and Belarussian, the Bryans said this year's title was a chance to exact revenge after falling in Paris last year.

"Last year they beat us in three finals. We finally beat Jonas [Bjorkman] in a Grand Slam final. He was 3-0 against us," said Mike. "He's a tough player so it feels kind of like a little revenge. You know, we'd be happy to beat anyone in there."

"A Grand Slam final is a Grand Slam final. It's good to beat a tough player like Jonas. He doesn't give you the match. We always want to play well at these tournaments, these Grand Slams. I think it's where you're remembered in this game," added Bob.

"We want to stack up against some of the great teams."

In a tight first set that lasted 43 minutes, it was the Bryan brothers who edged ahead late in the contest.

After both pairs had battled to hold serve throughout the early stages of the first set, the Americans finally pulled into the lead after breaking Bjorkman's service game, which would have taken the set to a tiebreaker.

With two set points in hand, the Bryans squandered the first before managing to wrestle control of the match after converting the second one.

Then, in much the same fashion as its predecessor, the second set proved to be another evenly-matched contest.

But again it was the tournament's top seeds who came out on top after another service break late in the match.

Trailing 6-5 and with Bjorkman serving to take the second set to a deciding tiebreaker, the Bryans were unable to capitalise on five championship points before finally breaking with their sixth to claim the title.

Deboogle!.
02-15-2007, 03:15 PM
:cool:

Bryan Brothers Attend Brit Awards in London

Bob and Mike Bryan, leaders of the Stanford ATP Doubles Race, revelled in the atmosphere of the Brit Awards - the annual U.K. pop music awards - at Earl’s Court in London on Wednesday night.

Bob, who plays keyboards in the Bryan Brothers Band, said: "We always try and go to shows whenever we can. It was an awesome night, with so many great acts. We had a blast.

"The Killers and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers were our favorites. And it was great to see Oasis play 'Don't Look Back In Anger' at the end - such a great song - that gave us the goosebumps."

Having helped the United States to victory against the Czech Republic in the Davis Cup World Group first round, the 28-year-old twins flew to London to practise at Queen’s Club in preparation for the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam next week.

Jimnik
02-15-2007, 06:32 PM
They were at Queens Club? :eek:

I should have practised on Wednesday, then I would have seen them.

I hope they're still there on Friday.

ataptc
02-16-2007, 04:36 PM
:cool:

Deboogle!.
03-26-2007, 04:04 PM
not a "news" or an "article"

but I finally ripped this show with the guys on TTC, they take a boat ride with Murphy Jensen on the Seine River, it's cute :)

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=5094191&postcount=7082

Pigpen Stinks
03-26-2007, 05:33 PM
Quick question for you Bryan fans. When receiving do they play forehands or backhands down the middle?

Mashik
03-26-2007, 05:54 PM
not a "news" or an "article"

but I finally ripped this show with the guys on TTC, they take a boat ride with Murphy Jensen on the Seine River, it's cute :)

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=5094191&postcount=7082

Thank you very much Deb! :hug:

thegreenkat
03-26-2007, 07:15 PM
not a "news" or an "article"

but I finally ripped this show with the guys on TTC, they take a boat ride with Murphy Jensen on the Seine River, it's cute :)

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=5094191&postcount=7082

OMG! Deb, thanks SO much!! *many many kisses* :worship:

Kudz
03-26-2007, 08:42 PM
not a "news" or an "article"

but I finally ripped this show with the guys on TTC, they take a boat ride with Murphy Jensen on the Seine River, it's cute :)

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=5094191&postcount=7082

Any chance of someone uploading it to megaupload or something similar? Thanks.

Deboogle!.
03-27-2007, 01:44 AM
I could convert it to a WMV (smaller filesize, worse quality, etc) and upload it to megaupload, if I have time to do that I'll let you know.

pigpen, I'm pretty sure they take their forehands both in the middle.

Deboogle!.
03-27-2007, 05:33 AM
the guys were named the Doubles team of the year and also the Fan Favorite doubles team in the ATP awards for 2006! :)

ataptc
03-27-2007, 06:50 AM
Yup, read about it. Never in doubt :D

thegreenkat
03-27-2007, 08:09 AM
Any chance of someone uploading it to megaupload or something similar? Thanks.

After I'll download, I can split it and share via gigasize.com. It'll be max. 3 files. :) No chnage in .avi extension.

If everything goes quick and smooth, it'll be here in few hours :).

Kudz
03-27-2007, 08:14 AM
^Thank you.

And yay for them winning Doubles Team of the Year and Fan Favourite.

Deboogle!.
03-27-2007, 03:27 PM
Thanks Kat! :) It's hard for me b/c to upload it, I would have to stop seeding the torrents :(

ataptc
03-27-2007, 05:05 PM
After I'll download, I can split it and share via gigasize.com. It'll be max. 3 files. :) No chnage in .avi extension.

If everything goes quick and smooth, it'll be here in few hours :).
That'll be awesome :) I take forever to download torrents, and port forwarding doesnt work for me :(

edit: deb seems busy too so I don't wanna trouble her :)

thegreenkat
03-28-2007, 06:58 PM
It's on the way, but not till tomorrow, I had some problems with uploading it ... patience ;) *kiss kiss*

thegreenkat
03-29-2007, 08:29 AM
Bryans - boat ride with Murphy Jensen on the Seine River on gigasize.com

Sorry, it's in 4 parts not in promised 3, but the last part is small. After you download, you unzip in WinRar or sth. :) enjoy!

This server allows to upload up to 1.5GB, but I uploaded it in parts. Some people may have troubles downlading 300MB file at once. And I think that the server allows downloading more that one part at once, so try it :)


http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/947740/Bryans.part1.rar (95.78MB)
http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/1006559/Bryans.part2.rar (95.78MB)
http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/1022985/Bryans.part3.rar (95.78MB)
http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/947542/Bryans.part4.rar (12.98MB)

Kudz
03-29-2007, 07:24 PM
^ Thank you! You are a star!

ataptc
04-01-2007, 11:39 AM
Thanks Kat!! :D

thegreenkat
04-04-2007, 07:31 AM
you're all welcome :) .. no problem :) enjoy it!

Björki
04-27-2007, 10:02 PM
Gimelstob's blog

Twin killing
Forget Roger and Serena -- Bryans could make a Slam
Posted: Friday April 27, 2007 12:03PM; Updated: Friday April 27, 2007 12:03PM

In their six years on tour, Mike (left) and Bob Bryan have won 38 doubles titles, including seven Slam crowns and eight Masters Series.
In their six years on tour, Mike (left) and Bob Bryan have won 38 doubles titles, including seven Slam crowns and eight Masters Series

The French Open begins in exactly a month, and inevitably, the speculation over the Holy Grail of tennis -- the Grand Slam, where the same player wins all four major championships in the same calendar year -- will heat up.

Roger Federer and Serena Williams will be grilled on the possibility of pulling off the feat. Neither, in my opinion, will do it.

Federer has a little problem named Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard continues to dominate Federer on clay, as evidenced by his routine 6-4, 6-4 victory in the final of Monte Carlo last week. Federer's best chance of winning the French is if Nadal is upset before the final by another clay-court specialist.

Williams, on the other hand, is off to an amazing start and has certainly proved her critics wrong (me included). But while Serena has shown that she is capable of taming the slippery red clay in Paris, I think Justin Henin is more comfortable on clay and will win her third straight French Open title.

There is, however, one likely contender for a '07 Grand Slam. Two, actually: Bob and MikeBryan. The twin doubles team from Camarillo, Calif., is off to a blistering start, having already won the Australian Open, the U.S. Clay Court Championships in Houston, the Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas and Masters Series events in Miami and Monte Carlo.

The Bryans' only two losses this season came in their first match of the year in Sydney and in the first round at Palm Springs, Calif., when Mike was ill. Amazingly, they've even eclipsed Federer's start this year, leading him 5-2 in the tournament-title department (Federer won the Australian Open and Dubai) and in win-loss records, 26-2 vs. Federer's 18-3.

The No. 1-ranked doubles team also has a streak to match Federer's current mark of seven consecutive Grand Slam finals; they were in seven straight from the '05 Australian Open up until their third-round loss at the '06 U.S. Open.

I spoke to Bob on Thursday during the twins' practice week in Tampa, Fla., and they're definitely inspired by Federer's dominance.

"It's pretty amazing that we're having a better year than Federer so far," said Bob. "We just hope it continues. Roger is a superhero in tennis right now, so we're just going to try and keep up with his pace. We don't want to jinx ourselves talking about the Grand Slam, but we know we're capable of winning all four because we have in the past in different years, but it will take a lot of things going our way and very good luck to accomplish the Slam."

It would truly be an incredible accomplishment due to the minuscule margin by which doubles matches are often decided. On top of that, it would only take one injury or an illness to either Bryan to wipe out their chances.

The brothers' incredible start this year is a direct result of their improvements in their individual games. Bob's backhand return and Mike's serve were always the team weaknesses, but they've worked hard to strengthen those parts of their game and the improvements are noticeable.

"Mike has been returning insane," Bob said. "[He's probably returning] as well as anyone in the world right now and his serve has gotten so much better that it's now a weapon."

The twins are at the peak of their career, and I wouldn't bet against them claiming their place in tennis history in '07. I had the opportunity to practice with them in Hawaii before they left for Australia, and I noticed little things that suggested to me that they've completely mastered the tactics of the doubles game.

Their communication and familiarity with each other's shots and tendencies enable them to intuitively know where the other is on the court at all times. They flow together on the court extremely well and are rarely caught out of position.

That's a recipe for domination, and it's why the Bryans have tennis' best shot at the first Grand Slam in 19 years.

Twelve-year ATP Tour veteran Justin Gimelstob writes for SI.com on alternate Fridays.


http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/justin_gimelstob/04/27/bryans.slam/

Deboogle!.
04-27-2007, 10:08 PM
:eek: :banana: :woohoo:

Kudz
04-28-2007, 09:53 AM
That would be so cool if they could win all four major's this year.

Tytta!.
04-28-2007, 02:09 PM
:bounce:

realtin
05-04-2007, 10:59 AM
Nice article about the Bryans can be found here:

http://www.insidetennis.com/0507_bryans.html:)

Deboogle!.
05-04-2007, 06:05 PM
thanks! :) Here's another :)
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/sfl-sptencol04may04,0,6595274,print.story?coll=sfla-sports-headlines

Bryans shooting for history: Best doubles team ever


May 4, 2007

WESLEY CHAPEL · Roger Federer approached the Bryan twins in the locker room at Monte Carlo a week and a half ago with his usual question.

"How many titles have you guys won now?" Thirty-seven, Mike Bryan told him. Federer had 47, and by Sunday his edge was down to nine.

"I'm on your heels, Roger. Can you feel the heat?" Mike asked him as they jousted with each other.

The doubles triumph at Monte Carlo gave Bob and Mike Bryan 38 championships, including five Grand Slam cups and an 11-1 record in Davis Cup. Though they're still 23 titles short of the record, they're already wondering out loud if they can eventually be declared the best doubles team ever.

"We're only 29. We're healthy. If we put in three or four more solid years, we'll be right up there," said Mike after the twins finished up a two-hour practice session at Saddlebrook Resort, about five minutes from their home.

"Yeah, we're thinking about it," said Mike of his place in history. "Thinking about it and talking about it. It's fun, and it keeps us going."

The titles are coming quickly now in their 10th year on tour -- seven in 2004, five in 2005, six in 2006, five more this year, and they're winning on every surface.

How you rank the best doubles teams in history is a matter of taste. The Woodies -- Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge -- have the most titles with 61. But John Newcombe and Tony Roche have the most Slam championships with 12. Frew McMillan and Bob Hewitt of South Africa have the best Davis Cup record at 16-1.

But in Mike Bryan's mind, it's The Woodies No. 1 and John McEnroe and Peter Fleming No. 2.

"I don't want to say we're No. 3 right now, but, hopefully, we'll be there is a couple of years." And long term? Bryan smiled. You know what's on his mind. They believe they can go down as the greatest doubles team ever.

Yet, even if they win 62 titles and 13 Slams, it's going to be difficult for many to anoint the Bryans. Neither is a significant singles player, where Woodforde once reached top 20 and McEnroe was No. 1.

That's not a bad argument, but doubles is a special game that requires teamwork. If all it took was putting two top singles players together, the Bryans would have been out of a Davis Cup job long ago.

"I think the singles guys look at us as just great tennis players," Mike said. "We've played guys who are pure doubles players, who can't hit ground strokes. In today's game, to be the best in doubles you have to have all the shots.

"What Bob and I have done is sacrifice singles to go for our doubles dream."

And so they play almost exclusively doubles. Bob hasn't played a tournament singles match since July 2003, and Mike has never played a singles match in a regular ATP event.

Early in their careers they weren't universally accepted, with their heavy dose of high-fives and belly bumps on court.

They haven't exchanged as much as a hello with the great Indian doubles player Leander Paes since they beat him in the Australian Open final in 2006.

"He really lit me up in the papers the next day," Mike said.

Today, they're locker room pals with Federer.

They're off for Rome for the Masters Cup Italian Open, which begins Monday, seeking title No. 39. Federer will be there as well, trying to keep the twins from getting any closer.

Swedes want speed

Mike Bryan spoke last week with members of the Swedish Davis Cup team, which hosts the United States Sept. 21-23, and was told the surface indoors in Gothenberg will be as fast as they can make it to accommodate the big serving of Robin Soderling and Thomas Johansson.

Americans Andy Roddick and James Blake also have big serves, but the Swedes believe it's to their advantage to shorten the points because they believe Roddick and Blake have more staying power in the ground-stroke rallies.

ataptc
05-05-2007, 08:35 AM
Nice articles posted :D

"I'm on your heels, Roger. Can you feel the heat?" Mike asked him as they jousted with each other.
:rolls:

Björki
05-21-2007, 10:00 AM
Bryan Brothers, U.S. Contingent Exemplify Team Spirit

For a short moment they really become one. When the Bryan brothers celebrate a game point, they jump into the air frontally towards each other and quasi clap each other with their bellies. Then they look like Siamese twins whose bodies are connected in the middle.

Robert Charles and Michael Carl, called Bob and Mike, could not be joined more closely although they are "just" identical twins. Physically difficult to distinguish, on court they form a powerful unity which during the past years enjoyed the reputation of being invincible on the tennis court.

So far, the Bryans have collected 36 doubles titles, thereof five Grand Slam tournament titles. They secured their last Grand Slam title in January at the Australian Open.

It is the fourth time in a row that they will participate in the ARAG WORLD TEAM CUP and will probably extend their success rate of seven victories in nine matches.

So who else could have received the 2006 award "Team of the Year", awarded by the ATP players' association? However, the second prize seemed even more important to them � the fans voted them most favourite player-duo.

Other than their reputation, which they carried for a long time due to their permanent victories, the Bryans are no sterile, lifeless yet perfect duo. On the contrary, they live tennis with passion and joy, their weird sense of humour has almost become infamous on the Tour. But with their bond and their overwhelming ambition they do not only promote the tennis sport, but are, in particular, exemplary for the American team.

"For us they are something like a rock. It is a good feeling to have them around," says James Blake appreciatively and whimsically adds: "Each time, I was part of the team, they brought us the victory."

A joyful premonition regarding this year's ARAG ATP World Team Championship resonated in Blake's words who again confirmed his participation, just like Mardy Fish. No wonder that the Americans almost yearn for the Team World Cup in Dusseldorf since the US team is on a winning streak at the moment. Just like the German team, the US team just played its way among the four best nations in the Davis Cup.

Unlike some other nations, they got familiar with "team-spirit" very early. Blake and Fish both played tennis for a college team and later joined forces in the same practice group. They quickly became friends, both are golden boys who also do not mind having fun from time to time.

However, there were difficult strokes of fate, which were to direct their lives as well as their careers onto different paths, which joined them even closer together.

In 2004, Blake broke his cervical vertebra when he fell against the net pole and only barely escaped paralysis. A few weeks later his father Tom died of stomach cancer. Due to the high physical and emotional pressure, he contracted a virus which blocked a nerve. Blake's left half of the face was paralysed for several months.

But in 2005, he made his comeback and succeeded to break the Top 10 at the end of last year as the first Afro-American since Arthur Ashe. The hard times did not only change him physically (from Afro-locks to becoming bald), Blake has become much calmer and always behaves exemplary on court. Thus, in 2006 the ARAG ATP World Team Championship honoured him with the "ARAG Fair Play Trophy."

Although Fish was spared such terrible blows of fate, two wrist operations threw him off track in 2005. Like Blake, Fish fought his way back and climbed from rank no. 341 to the Top 50 at the beginning of 2006. For this massive effort, he was awarded the title "Comeback of the Year" by the ATP.

They have not lost their sense of fun, however they have learned what is important in life. And to be strong together.

-- Petra Philippsen
http://www.arag-world-team-cup.com/1/en/news/

ataptc
05-21-2007, 11:11 AM
:yeah:

tangerine_dream
07-17-2007, 07:11 PM
Bob and Mike :bowdown:

Federer, Nadal, Bryan twins clinch Tennis Masters Cup berths
July 2007

SHANGHAI, China (AP) — Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal already have clinched berths in the eight-player Tennis Masters Cup singles tournament.

Twins Bob and Mike Bryan have secured a spot in the doubles portion of the Nov. 11-18 event, which will be held in Shanghai for the third consecutive year. :bounce:

The top-ranked Federer, who won the season-ending tournament in 2003, 2004 and 2006, is 36-5 this year with four titles, including at Wimbledon and the Australian Open.

No. 2 Nadal leads the tour with 51 match wins and five titles, including at the French Open.

"I am very happy to have qualified for the Masters again this year," Nadal said Monday. "This was one of my goals for the year and I have managed to do it pretty early, so that's great."

Tytta!.
07-17-2007, 07:13 PM
:rocker2: :worship:

Kudz
07-18-2007, 07:36 PM
Yay! Well done boys!

georgiana
07-22-2007, 07:06 PM
Life of Bryans: It's always double or nothing
Twins get along just fine on and off the court, and have become fixtures in Grand Slam finals.
By Lisa Dillman, Times Staff Writer
July 22, 2007


Well-intentioned, yes. But practical, no.

Trying to split identical twins, Bob and Mike Bryan, was never going to work, not even in the rarefied air of Stanford in the '90s. Not when they arrived on campus from Camarillo with the parental-installed policy of defaulting singles finals against one another to avoid strife.

"Stanford separates siblings, and they knew we were twins. 'OK, let's put Mike on the other side of the campus,' " Bob said.

Mike: "Opposite sides." Bob: "After two months, I had a mattress on Mike's floor. We weren't ready for the complete split."

Why tamper with DNA? The story holds up about a decade later through a decorated tennis career, winding through five Grand Slam doubles titles and nearly unblemished Davis Cup doubles record (one loss) and they have won all the Slams at least once, and repeated this year at the Australian Open.

The Bryans, at 29, are firmly entrenched as fixtures on the final weekend at almost any Slam. They truly have this left brain (Bob), right brain (Mike) thing figured out, firing at will on the court and completing each other's sentences in an interview last week.

"Combine us together and we're one complete person," said Mike, joking.

This ability to be around at the end — the Bryans earlier made seven consecutive Slam finals in one Open-era record stretch — has afforded them the opportunity to closely observe an artist at work and rest, one Roger Federer.

Nearly more than anyone else in tennis, the Bryans understand the value of promotion of the sport, and they are united in their admiration of Federer's affability and meaning to the game, giving a bit of a peek behind the Wimbledon curtain during the numerous rain delays this year.

"I first remember him in the locker room, singing, yelling at the top of his lungs," Bob said. "Kind of like a school kid. He's still like that."

Mike: "He's one of the most laid-back guys. He's going for his fifth Wimbledon title and most guys would be totally in their own world, nervous. He's just joking around, singing soccer songs. The last five days on the TV, we were watching [Marcos] Baghdatis play [Nikolay] Davydenko.

Bob: "The Cypriots were doing their Baghdatis chants, 'La, La, La.' And Federer got these songs in his head." Mike: "Then right before his match, maybe five minutes before he goes on, he gets in his own world. Jogging back and forth and you can see him snap right in."

The top-seeded and defending champions Bryans were close to joining Federer as a winner that final Sunday but were derailed by the French duo of Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra and a controversial call in the fourth set by chair umpire Lars Graff, who ruled Bob touched the net with his racket. Replays showed Graff missed the call, according to the official Wimbledon website.

It's never easy to watch someone else's victory celebration, and these French players have a unique way of toasting Slams. In 2004, Llodra and Fabrice Santoro beat the Bryans in the final of the Australian Open and Llodra stripped down to his underwear.

"It wasn't as bad as the Australian Open. I was waiting for that," Mike said of Wimbledon. "Trust me, you want to get off the court as soon as possible. You never like to see guys throwing everything into the crowd and running around the court."

Said Bob: "You never want to lose to, well, I don't want to say a French player. You never want to lose to Llodra. He's on a different planet, that guy."

The Bryans are nothing but resilient. They said they've recovered from the Wimbledon loss and are aiming for their seventh title of 2007 and fourth at UCLA. In Saturday's semifinals at the Countrywide Classic, they defeated the South African team of Jeff Coetzee and Wesley Moodie, 6-4, 7-6 (4).

This tournament at UCLA is also their first one with the new Prince '03 Speedport Black racket, having just switched from Wilson. It's hard for a player to leave a familiar racket.

But technology marches on and so do the Bryans even though they've been the top doubles team on the ATP Tour three of the last four years.

"Once you have a few wins, you feel like that's my stick forever," Mike said. "But I think we can get better. I've already blown a few serves by people — I'm starting to serve like Bob."

--

Tytta!.
07-22-2007, 07:20 PM
:rolls:

Great article, thanks! :)

Kudz
07-22-2007, 07:59 PM
Nice article. Thanks for posting it.

georgiana
08-21-2007, 09:52 PM
A nice article about the twins can be found here:

http://www.pulsedt.com/blogs/default.asp?Display=671


Serving up double the fun on and off the court

* By: downtowner
* On: 08/07/2007 15:51:23
* In: Cover Story
* Comments: 0

By Jessie Gridley

MASON Bob and Mike Bryan (USA) double the talent and charisma, both on and off the tennis court.
They currently hold the No. 1 title of the doubles tennis team since 2003 with 40 doubles titles.

The Bryan brothers are on the roster for Cincinnati's 2007 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, along with other players ranked internationally in the top 20, such as Andy Roddick (USA), Roger Federer (Switzerland) and Rafael Nadal (Spain).

The identical twins describe their moves on the court as mirrored Bob building power with the racket in his left hand while Mike lunges toward the ball with his racket in his right hand.

Phil Smith, director of marketing and communications for Western & Southern Financial Group Masters & Women's Open, works year-round to plan each year's tournaments. He is the father of 5-year-old twin daughters, and says that the best way to tell the Bryan twins apart on the court is to look at the twins' hands or necks.

"I just hope Bob decides to wear the necklace," says Smith, referring to the dark, beaded necklaces the twin usually sports.

"It's a lot of fun playing with him (twin brother Bob) sharing victories and experiences with each other," says Mike.

The brothers agree that they hold an advantage over other doubles teams. First, they play tennis with opposing hands. Second, they've been on the court with each other since the womb, when their mother played at a ripe eight months into her pregnancy. And third, their coach, David MacPherson, is a former opponent who knows through competition their weaknesses.

Voted Sexiest Man (or men) Alive by People magazine The Bryan twins appeared doubly delicious in the Nov. 27, 2006 issue of People in their Sexiest Man Alive issue. The doubles tennis team appeared in the same category with NFL twins Tiki and Ronde Barber.

Mike shies away at the topic, saying "It put our faces out there but [was] a little embarrassing."
Bob adds, "Yeah we took some crap. Andy Roddick and James Blake were definitely giving us crap."
He adds with laughter, "But they have all been in there too."

As far as their love lives, Mike says he and his brother both have girlfriends, who also plan on coming to Lindner Family Tennis Center to cheer on the brothers.

Mike says that he and his brother live together in California and "we aren't splitting up until one of us gets hitched."
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Off the Court On the court the twins have constantly-evolving goals for their game to improve. Bob says that the duo's next goal is to beat "The Woodies" in the doubles title of tennis. Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde hold 61 doubles titles, while the Bryans are on a roll with 40 doubles titles.

The competitive twins know that it takes hard work to win, but also find time to have fun and explore other interests, such as music.

"When you get it (a win) done, it's party time," says Bob.

And having fun is definitely part of the twin's off-court pastimes. The two have a band and often play at kickoff player parties at tournaments and with friends back at home in California.

Just like a well-oiled machine on the court, Mike also sets the rhythm on the drums and plays the guitar. Bob performs on the keyboard, and says that the two decided to take up the hobby after hundreds of hours put up in hotels while playing the game they love.

"Anytime we can jam, it takes your mind off things," says Mike.

The two are excited to come to Cincinnati for the Masters Open. With the top 20 players showing face, Bob and Mike are sure to see some fierce competition as well as old friends.

"We are great buddies with all the American players," says Bob, "You'll fight hard on the court and have a beer after the match."

Behind the Net
Smith says that this is his 20th year with the Cincinnati-based tournament, but that it has been coming to the Queen City for 109 years.

He expects around 165,000 spectators to attend the Masters Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center this year. One of the perks of Lindner, in his opinion, is the intimacy that the crowd and players experience with each other with the stands being so close to the courts.

"There is nobody who is not coming," says Smith, who says that a tournament like this year's is really rare to see, with all 20 of the top 20 players attending, pending no injuries.

He says there are always 12 undecided players when coming into tournament time. Seven wildcards are given out during qualifying matches being held on Saturday, Aug. 11 Sunday, Aug. 12. One player receives a special exemption wildcard and four others are decided by a small team of tournament officials, including Smith.

The Bryan twins were one of the teams who received a wildcard for the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in 1999.

"Yeah, we were pretty skinny six-footers weighing 130 pounds Not ready to be on tour," says Bob.
Four years later the lanky boys beefed up to about 190 pounds and swept the 2003 doubles title at Western & Southern Financial Group Masters & Women's Open.

"It's one of the most well-done tournaments," says Mike, adding that this week is just another chance for the brothers to combine skill and confidence to reach some of their goals.

For more information or to order tickets visit the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters & Women's Open Web site at www.cincytennis.com.

Deboogle!.
09-14-2007, 01:36 PM
:rocker2:

http://www.atptennis.com/en/news/2007/bryans_clinch.asp

Bryan Bros. Clinch Stanford ATP Doubles Race © Getty Images
http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/2007/other/bryans_washington7.jpg American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan have clinched the Stanford ATP Doubles Race for the third consecutive year and for the fourth time in the past five years. The Bryans have held a commanding lead all season since beginning the year with the Australian Open title. The Bryans currently have an unassailable 390-point lead over No. 2 team Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor.
The Bryans, who next week will play the pivotal doubles rubber in the United States’ Davis Cup semifinal in Sweden, have won a career-high eight titles in 2007: the Australian Open, ATP Masters Series crowns in Miami, Monte-Carlo and Hamburg, Las Vegas, Houston, Los Angeles and Washington. They have a 63-9 record on the season and have reached finals in 12 of the 18 tournaments they have played.
The Bryans will now set their sights on winning 10 or more titles for the first time in their careers and winning a third Tennis Masters Cup doubles crown in Shanghai in November.
Mike Bryan said: "Every year we set out with one main goal: to finish No. 1. I think we played some of the best tennis of our careers and worked hard to improve. We feel lucky to be in this position again considering how many tough teams we compete against."
Bob Bryan said: "When we started out we dreamed of finishing No. 1 in the world, but never imagined that we'd be there four out of the last five years. It's been such an amazing year for us with a career-best eight titles so far. We're really looking forward to playing the Masters Cup in Shanghai and hope to finish the year strong."
The legendary Australian pairing of Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde is the only other team to finish No. 1 for three straight years (1995-97). The Bryans are the first team to finish No. 1 four times in five years, but ‘the Woodies’ hold the record for most year-end No. 1 finishes (five), having also topped the team standings in 1992 and 2000.
The Bryans have won 41 career titles and stand fifth in the list of Open Era team titles leaders. The Bryans and Knowles/Nestor are the only teams to have clinched berths at the 2007 Tennis Masters Cup.

Tytta!.
09-14-2007, 03:30 PM
:worship:

tangerine_dream
12-08-2007, 08:52 PM
Have you guys seen this video? :)

A day in the life the Bryan brothers
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qkGKK2GB8g&NR=1

Tytta!.
12-08-2007, 09:17 PM
Thans Tangy!

ataptc
12-12-2007, 02:43 AM
Thanks!

Cat123
12-12-2007, 07:19 PM
Thankyou for the video link :)

Björki
12-14-2007, 09:08 AM
December 13, 2007

Players Find Voice for the Holiday Season

Marcos Baghdatis leads a jolly cast of ATP stars in singing Jingle Bells to celebrate the holidays. Tommy Robredo, Andy Murray, the Bryan brothers, Ivo Karlovic, Jarkko Nieminen and Mardy Fish also join in the sing-along.

Check out this hilarious video!

click (http://www.atptennis.com/1/en/2007news/jingle_bells.asp)

:p ;)

Tytta!.
12-14-2007, 11:19 AM
I'm dead :spit: :haha:

Thanks Peggy! :rolls: :kiss:

Cat123
12-15-2007, 12:06 PM
Everyone seen the boys singing Jingle Bells on the ATP site? :D Made me smile. Lost the link though, sorry.

Tytta!.
12-15-2007, 12:11 PM
Read above. ;)

Cat123
12-15-2007, 02:39 PM
Ooops! Aparently I'm blind... :rolleyes:

Tytta!.
12-15-2007, 02:42 PM
:lol:

Tytta!.
12-15-2007, 09:15 PM
2007 Davis Cup – Lessons Learned

Jim McLennan

Davis Cup is still fresh in my mind – from the drama, the extremely high level of play, the shot making, the fan involvement, to finally the recapture of this venerable cup after a 12 year drought. Last week our Joel Drucker covered this story in an article, "Davis Cup: Come Together," for our December 8th newsletter.

I would like to concentrate on what I took away from the matches (and I witnessed it from the stands in Portland) as a teacher and player and how you might apply the lessons learned to your game. Tennis is as much about tactics as technique. And more so about how certain tactics fit one’s style of play, and how those same tactics can expose an opponent’s tendencies and weaknesses. Roddick and Blake employed wildly different game plans, and those wonderful Bryan Brothers put on a veritable doubles clinic for the overmatched Russians, but there is much “between these tactical lines” that you and I can use on court.

Andy Roddick: Keep the Ball in Play

Roddick dispatched Dmitry Tursunov, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in the first match to give the U.S. an opening lead. Roddick’s unreturnable serve and consistent backcourt play drained most of the emotion from the match. He secured one early break in each of the first two sets, two breaks in the third set, and faced just one break point in the entire match. Roddick finished the 2007 Davis Cup campaign with an unblemished 6 and 0 singles record, and in many ways his style of play – unreturnable serves and error free defensive tennis from well behind the baseline - presented insurmountable problems for all his Davis Cup opponents.

Certainly, Jimmy Connors has been retained by the Roddick camp to instill a baseline-hugging, moving-forward, offensive style of play. And though they still work together, Connors was no where in sight during the Davis Cup, nor was Roddick’s interpretation of Jimbo’s style of play. But though he may still work on that game, he chose to play defense against Tursunov and did it exceptionally well. Whenever the rally exceeded three shots, Roddick, often playing 12, 15, or even 18 feet behind the baseline, was always the more consistent. Heavily under spun one handed backhands, spiny rather than driving forehands, all used in service of error free play.

Tursunov, a capable top 30 player, plays without the necessary skills to counter the Roddick game plan. First and foremost when returning serve, whether Tursunov or you and I, the receiver must get the ball back in play. Blocking, chipping, floating, do anything to make the return. Dmitry hits big shots and this worked against him on the return game. Secondly, when an opponent plays way back from the baseline, move forward, find sharp crosscourt angles, and or approach the net because it becomes exponentially more difficult to pass from that deep in the court. But Dmitry played a straight-ahead power game with little feel for angles, finesse, or volleys. And from Roddick’s winning point of view, there was no need for him to change his game plan. When winning – continue to impose your tactics and style of play. When losing – change your tactics, change your style, change some thing or the end result will not be (nor was it) in doubt.

James Blake: Accept Risk and Withstand the Errors

The Blake Youzhny affair was a match of a far different color. Both men are big hitters and capable and nimble volleyers. And both made incredible shots from unbelievable positions, stunning the crowd with beautiful one handed topspin drives, and deadly forehands. As ever, the Blake forehand may be the most lethal shot in tennis, and his forehand return of serve, when timed correctly, is bigger I think than Agassi’s.

Youzhny did not serve particularly well, and escaped with some suspect second serves whenever James fell into his occasional spells of inexplicable inconsistent play. But as the match progressed, with both players truly neck and neck, James captured the fourth set tiebreaker; trailing 2-3 he delivered two unreturnable serves, followed by two steady return points, to finally finish the match with a forehand winner.

In James’ elated post match interview he commented on mental toughness and alluded to the persistent questions he received during the week about his ability to deliver in big situations. And, as he captured the first and second set, the overhead scoreboard showed that Blake had lost four matches over the years when ahead 2 sets to 0. But I disagree. Blake is mentally tough – in fact very mentally tough; the truth is that Blake plays extremely high risk tennis. His flat ground strokes lack margin over the net. He is prone to go for the big shot rather than keep the ball in play. And often he plays down the line for no discernable reason, where the net is highest and the player has a shorter distance to work with. The story, or the question to be posed by the press, should be more about his feel for tactics and strategy rather than the state of his mind.

That said, when you or I encounter a high risk, aggressive player, the trick is to keep the ball in play, and favor crosscourt ground strokes. This countering style encourages the high risk opponent to play down the line. Further, under spin backhands tempt these big hitters into extremely difficult approaches. Youzhny, however, appeared to play equally big high risk tennis – pleasing to the audience but not exactly a countering strategy. If, on the other hand, you are the big-hitting, high-risk player looking to hit winners and force errors rather than simply waiting for the opponent’s mistakes, the secret is to accept the risks that go hand-in-hand with this style of play, and not dwell on missed opportunities. James did quite well on this score, and we saw the evidence in the fourth set tiebreaker.

Mike and Bob Bryan: Move Forward and Dominate

The Bryans, on paper, the world’s number one ranked team entered the match heavily favored. The wily Russian coach inserted Davydenko and Igor Andreev, each without any real doubles results on their professional resumes. That said, the first set showed a glimmer of the Russian tactics with Davydenko and Andreev playing mostly from the baseline, rarely venturing forward or playing competently when at the net. But with both teams holding serve and through to a first set tiebreaker.

In the breaker, the Bryans fell behind a mini-break with Davydenko serving at 3-2, at which point the Russian wheels fell off. Davydenko lost both points on serve, Andreev ended the tiebreaker with a double fault, and Davydenko proceeded to be broken once in the second set and twice in the third, as the Bryans ran out the match and captured the cup.

Doubles Tactics

Get your first serves in, make all your returns, and dominate at the net. On this score the Bryans play picture perfect doubles. Both serve consistently, both return serve simply, favoring placement over brute power, but oh, at the net, these guys really dominate. As they pressed their advantage at the end of the first set, and then began to steamroll, I counted more than one dozen spikes. And though that may not be the normal term to describe volley winners, Bob and Mike move so darn close to the net that they often hit sharply down on the ball, almost like a volley ball spike. And their spike volleys and reflex overheads were unreturnable.

Normally when players crowd the net, they may be susceptible to the lob, and in fact there were two well placed topspin crosscourt lobs by the Russians. But two lob winners in no way overcome more than one dozen spike winners. When you get the chance, watch these guys and marvel at their explosive quickness, and make your own count of their spikes.

A Disclaimer

This Davis Cup team, and in particular, Andy and James, have labored under the unfortunate scenario to play in the shadow of our greatest generation. Pretty tough to follow in the Davis Cup and Grand Slam footsteps of Sampras, McEnroe, Agassi and Courier. But Andy and James consistently put it all on the line, and endure persistent criticism about aspects of their games that might be improved. And certainly this writer continues to be one of those “technical” critics. But I say, celebrate these guys. They love the game. They love captain Patrick McEnroe. And they have captured the Cup. Bravo! As to the Bryans, I expect they will eclipse all Davis Cup records by any twosome for most wins – these guys will be around for a long time.

Tytta!.
12-18-2007, 04:36 PM
If you don't like this (http://www.teamwta.com/content/view/461/34/), complain to me. :p

Cat123
12-23-2007, 12:12 PM
Great article, good read! :D A hell of a lot more interesting than my dissertation which I'm meant to be finishing now.... :rolleyes: ;)

Tytta!.
12-23-2007, 12:50 PM
:lol:

Good luck with that!

Veronique
12-28-2007, 04:13 PM
Vote for a D Young forum here http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?p=6347275#post6347275

Björki
01-23-2008, 08:24 AM
http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,23077912-5012689,00.html



Twin-win situation for Bryans
Article from: The Sunday Telegraph

By Chico Harlan

January 20, 2008 12:00am

AFTER their latest straight-sets victory - their 14th in a row at Melbourne Park - the Bryan brothers, reclining in the Rod Laver Arena cafeteria, were halfway through lunch and a card game when a visitor interrupted.

The brothers looked up from their table to see Martina Navratilova.

If the Bryans hadn't yet certified their reign in doubles tennis with their five grand slam titles, or with their two championships at Melbourne Park, or with their images alongside that of Roger Federer on the cover of the ATP media guide, or with their 77-9 win-loss record in 2007, then Navratilova's greeting sealed the deal.

Before making further small talk, she bent down and kissed them both.

Navratilova told the brothers they had done an awesome job in the Davis Cup final in December, where their doubles performance clinched a US victory.

"I tried to text you but I don't think you got it,'' she said.

"Maybe I don't have the right number.''

For years now, twins Bob and Mike Bryan have created the most recognisable (maybe the only recognisable) presence in doubles tennis. They've done this not by asserting their individual personalities but by combining them. Bob and Mike are two people only in the manner that fish and chips are two meals. On the court, they wear identical Adidas outfits, pull their socks up to identical lengths and win points with the announcer declaring:

"Game, Bryan-Bryan.'' Often, in celebration, they bump chests.

They attended the same university. They pledged to the same fraternity. They live together in Florida. They holiday together. They've gone on double dates together. They play in a band together called, naturally, the Bryan Bros. They are doubles partners nonpareil because they don't view themselves as partners.

"I look at him,'' Bob said yesterday, motioning toward Mike, "and it's almost like looking at half of myself.''

Even their principle differences, being that they are so minute, reinforce their oneness. Mike is older by two minutes. Bob is left-handed. Mike is 2cm shorter and 4kg lighter. Bob's jawline swells where Mike's tapers. Bob plays the keyboards, Mike plays the drums.

"He's more right-brained and I'm more left-brained,'' Mike said. "Or wait - maybe I'm more left-brained and he's more right-brained.''

When starting their professional tennis careers 10 years ago, the brothers - Bob especially - experimented with a run at the singles life.

The circuit's higher profile provided the motivation: singles tournaments carry more prizemoney, attract more spectators and almost always lead to more lucrative endorsement deals.

But singles also prevented the brothers from playing together - for them, a privilege, not a sacrifice. When Bob ranked just outside the singles top 100, on the cusp of qualifying for grand slams, Mike went out, found some partners and entered doubles tournaments. He won two titles. The brothers soon decided to combine forces, focus exclusively on doubles and hope that greatness in a secondary circuit would trump mediocrity on centre stage.

From almost the moment they became a doubles-only team, they also became its best. Even their apparel sponsor, Adidas, tied incentives into their performance as a team: as a brand, they carried more worth together than they did alone.

"We had a lot of dreams,'' Bob said, "and the only way to reach them was to cut singles out.''

"Now we're trying to make doubles more popular,'' Mike said.

"Still, it needs to be on TV. It was dying a few years ago. They were cutting into prizemoney. The top executives at the ATP wanted to do away with it. They were saying doubles doesn't sell a lot of tickets. But it's a great part of the game's history. It might not be the main course ...'' Bob interrupted and finished the sentence. "But it's a great appetiser.''

On the court, they form an ideal tandem, Mike specialising in the volley game, Bob dishing up a near-unbreakable serve. In 2006, when Navratilova played her final mixed doubles grand slam tournament, she chose Bob as her partner.

"I'm wondering why Bob's not playing singles with that serve - bloody hell!'' Navratilova said after they won.

But the Bryans have developed an answer for those who wonder. First of all, they grew up playing together, starting from age two. Their unspoken code of communication - the kind known only between twins - helped in doubles tennis, where spacing and timing determine effectiveness.

They never experienced sibling rivalry. When they began training in Florida, alongside singles players James Blake and Mardy Fish, they developed a keen awareness of the singles existence: it caused greater stress and provided less reward.

"I mean, Mardy finished 40th in the world last year and that's really good,'' Bob said.

"But he only won half of his matches. I don't know how much fun that is, to bat .500 and not win that many tournaments. That's probably what I would be, if not a little lower, in singles.''

Doubles, unlike singles, can love you back, especially when a team like the Bryans sweeps through early rounds of tournaments against hodge-podge partnerships formed only weeks, or days, earlier.

Playing together, the Bryans have won 44 titles. Before retirement, they'd like to surpass the record of 61 established by Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde.

"Maybe a lot of the doubles specialists don't get the respect,'' Bob said. "It's like, they don't work as hard or they're not as skilled. Like it was just a fallback. But I think (other pros) know this wasn't just our fallback. It was our choice.

"I don't regret the decision one bit,'' Mike said.

"We've had too many highs to look back.''

Deboogle!.
02-17-2008, 10:30 PM
Bryan brothers enjoy their doubles life
By Darren Sabedra
Mercury News
San Jose Mercury News
Article Launched:02/17/2008 01:44:51 AM PST

They're as anonymous in the sports world as middle relievers and third-string quarterbacks, but twin doubles aces Bob and Mike Bryan wouldn't have it any other way.

"I think we've got the perfect deal," Mike said.

The Bryans, who will come to San Jose this week for the SAP Open, have each topped $4 million in prize money. They're widely popular in tennis circles - so much so that they command appearance fees to play - but neither has to worry about being noticed at the grocery store.

"Mike and I have a great niche in the sport," Bob said. "(Andy) Roddick has to deal with a lot of pressure and media commitments. I'm sure he would like to go through an airport one time and not sign an autograph.

"Mike and I are famous in the tennis world, and that's great. It's great to go to a tennis tournament and have fans root for you and take pictures. But when we go home and want some privacy, we have it."

The Bryans, 29, are identical twins with far from identical personalities. "Bob is more of the leader of the team," Patrick McEnroe said. "Mike's a little more of a worrier. He's always worried about something.":lol:

McEnroe knows the Bryans as well as anyone in tennis. As captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team, he was on the sideline two months ago in Portland, Ore., when the brothers clinched America's first Davis Cup title in 12 years.

The Bryans are a machine on the court. They have finished No. 1 in the year-end world rankings four times and have won five Grand Slam titles, most recently at the 2007 Australian Open.

Off the court, the twins have never spent more than a week apart in their entire lives. They share homes in Tampa, Fla., and Camarillo, where they mostly resemble the odd couple. As Mike put it, "I'm doing the laundry, the dishes and packing the bags usually, and he's just watching TV on the couch." :spit:

Mike, who is two minutes older, is the one with the longtime girlfriend, and both joke that it will be a little weird when one or both of them marry. "I think we're going to eventually live on the same street or something," Mike said. "Twins got to stick together."

Despite the differences, the former Stanford stars co-exist with only occasional spats.

"I'm more left brain; he's more right brain," Mike said. "I think more (about the) future. I'm more of a planner. He's more creative. He's never on time. He's messy. I'm the one who has to keep the ship sailing smoothly."

Bob doesn't disagree. But, he adds, "He knows nothing about computers. I'm kind of the technology guy. We're a good match."

They've been a good tennis pairing since they were 6. The sons of former players - Wayne Bryan played in college; Kathy (Blake) Bryan played professionally - the chest-bumping twins were raised with rackets in hand. And doubles was always their forte, largely because Wayne Bryan, who managed his own tennis club for 25 years, wanted his sons to play together in college.

In many ways, playing doubles was the best of two worlds for the brothers. If one or both lost in singles, they'd always have a doubles trophy to bring home.

Bob would go on to win college tennis' triple crown for Stanford in 1998 - singles, doubles and team titles - and was on the cusp of a singles breakthrough as pro when he turned his focus strictly to doubles.

"He kind of made the sacrifice for me," said Mike, who also played singles but was slowed by injuries.

Bob isn't complaining. After all, he and Mike set an Open era record by reaching seven consecutive Grand Slam finals in 2005-06 and have won every major at least once.

"To be No. 1 in the world and to win Grand Slams and to win Davis Cup, it's a dream come true," Bob said. "I wouldn't change a thing. Every day I wake up, and I can't believe the way it has gone."

The Bryans' dominance is a welcome sight for teammates on the U.S. Davis Cup team.

"We wouldn't want another doubles team, that's for sure," Roddick said. "The amount that they do for tennis as far as kids clinics, they're always involved in that sort of stuff with their dad, really promoting the game of doubles. Their passion for tennis is up their with anybody."

Dick Gould, the twins' coach at Stanford, isn't surprised by their success. If they stay healthy, he believes they can flourish into their mid-30s.

"You learn you never underestimate what someone can do," said Gould, who will be at HP Pavilion on Tuesday to watch the Bryans play. "Being on the Davis Cup team has been a big boost for them. They love the team concept."

The twins enjoyed the ultimate team experience - and fulfilled a major goal - when the United States defeated Russia in the Davis Cup final two months ago.

"We never dreamed that this career would be as sweet as it has been," Mike said. "We always had dreams of maybe being No. 1, but never dreamed that we'd be No. 1 four times and dominate like we have the last few years."

Tytta!.
02-17-2008, 11:41 PM
"I think we've got the perfect deal," Mike said.

Thanks captain. :hatoff:

The Bryans, 29, are identical twins with far from identical personalities. "Bob is more of the leader of the team," Patrick McEnroe said. "Mike's a little more of a worrier. He's always worried about something."

:haha:

Off the court, the twins have never spent more than a week apart in their entire lives. They share homes in Tampa, Fla., and Camarillo, where they mostly resemble the odd couple. As Mike put it, "I'm doing the laundry, the dishes and packing the bags usually, and he's just watching TV on the couch."

:haha: :spit: :rolls:

Mike, who is two minutes older, is the one with the longtime girlfriend, and both joke that it will be a little weird when one or both of them marry. "I think we're going to eventually live on the same street or something," Mike said. "Twins got to stick together."

Oh man :haha:

Bob doesn't disagree. But, he adds, "He knows nothing about computers. I'm kind of the technology guy. We're a good match."

:worship: :haha:

Kate87
02-18-2008, 08:39 AM
now I understand why I always felt Bob closer to me:lol: (although I loved both maths and English :D)

thanks Deb :D

Tytta!.
02-18-2008, 02:02 PM
Maths and English rule. :p

Kate87
02-18-2008, 03:25 PM
of course:dance:

Tytta!.
02-18-2008, 03:31 PM
:banana:

Kate87
02-18-2008, 04:06 PM
http://img166.imageshack.us/img166/9701/danceam2.gif

Tytta!.
02-18-2008, 04:17 PM
:rolls:

Kate87
02-18-2008, 05:07 PM
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Tytta!.
02-18-2008, 05:16 PM
:angel:

Kate87
02-18-2008, 05:18 PM
:devil:

Tytta!.
02-18-2008, 05:21 PM
:scared: :p

Kate87
02-18-2008, 05:45 PM
http://smileys.sur-la-toile.com/repository/Divers/bonjour.gif:lol:

Tytta!.
02-18-2008, 05:47 PM
:haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:

Kate87
02-18-2008, 06:00 PM
;)

Tytta!.
02-18-2008, 06:04 PM
:zzz:

Kate87
02-18-2008, 06:20 PM
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Tytta!.
02-18-2008, 06:25 PM
WTF :haha:

Kate87
02-18-2008, 06:30 PM
I know:p

Tytta!.
02-18-2008, 06:32 PM
:p

Kate87
02-18-2008, 06:40 PM
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Tytta!.
02-18-2008, 06:49 PM
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Kate87
02-18-2008, 06:52 PM
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Tytta!.
02-18-2008, 07:04 PM
I think we're spamming the news thread :haha: I'm gonna open a chat thread for us. :haha:

Kate87
02-18-2008, 07:20 PM
good idea:DDeb will be proud of you Re:D

Tytta!.
02-18-2008, 07:30 PM
Hopefully :p

Kate87
03-01-2008, 01:45 PM
More to Bryan Brothers than meets the eye

By Joel Drucker
Special to ESPN.com

One of the smartest moves the ATP has made in recent years is to open the concluding day of many events with the doubles final. All too often in the past, when the doubles final was played after the singles, the energy would drain from the venue as everyone from fans to tournament officials and traveling tennis roadies began making their way out of the event. "The funny thing is that the great majority of recreational tennis players mostly play doubles," Wayne Bryan, father of the world's best team, twins Mike and Bob, said at the Davis Cup final in November.

Using the doubles final as an appetizer for the singles worked perfectly at Sunday's SAP Open in San Jose. Of the 7,166 spectators who came to that final, roughly three-quarters were already in their seats to watch the match between the Bryan brothers and Scott Lipsky and David Martin. There was even a local angle, as all four players had attended nearby Stanford University. (Ironically, Lipsky-Martin's coaching duo is a pair of notables from Stanford rival UC Berkeley, Scott McCain and Steve Devries.)

At the pro level, doubles has been an awkward stepchild. Time was when top singles players also competed in doubles. But beginning in the late '70s, a combination of physical demands and increased prize money made it expendable. Though there have been occasional aberrations over the years such as John McEnroe, Stefan Edberg and Yevgeny Kafelnikov, for the most part, top-10 singles players eschew doubles.

Recognizing how doubles had declined, several years ago a cabal of tournament directors and ATP officials sought to streamline doubles even more, triggering the threat of a lawsuit from many doubles players. Soon enough, both sides came to terms.

And yet, while contemporary doubles can be quite engaging and showcase a great deal of the net play missing from much singles play, most top-ranked doubles players are faceless, their ability to generate followings hindered by such factors as frequent musical chairs-like partner changes to mildly limited promotional efforts (that is, beyond the occasional ATP advertising campaign). Yes, there are a few year-in, year-out standouts such as Mark Knowles and Leander Paes who have earned modest cult followings. But, for the most part, the real saving grace of doubles has been the Bryan brothers.

To watch righty Mike and lefty Bob play together is to witness an extraordinary degree of choreography. Corina Morariu, a former pro who was once ranked No. 1 in the world in doubles, once joked that, "You could have been playing doubles your whole life and you'd still have been together nine months less than Mike and Bob." But mere genetics is only the start of how these two work together.

"It's remarkable how well-organized these two are with their practice time," Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe said recently. If they may seem chatty and carefree off the court, once on it the twins are as disciplined as martinets. They religiously practice a series of drills. There's the "Alley Rally," where the two strike forehands, a good way to hone drives that go straight through the middle of the court -- a critical part of doubles. Then there's the "RDC," shorthand for the Rumanian Davis Cup, a zigzagging, fast-handed volley drill father Wayne picked up when watching Rumanians Ilie Nastase and Ion Tiriac years ago. And there are others, covering the vital serves, returns and sequences that make doubles so different from singles.

It's also deceptive. Certainly Bob and Mike can generate power. Bob's lefty serve regularly exceeds 125 mph, and his forehand is also lethal. Mike is the better returner.

"You watch how soon he gets ready, lined up and primed to strike the ball early and hard," said Mark Bey, a long-standing coach from Chicago who's watched the brothers play since they were juniors.

To see the two blow people away with pace is in some ways a perfect fit with the enthused athleticism of their father Wayne -- a former high school quarterback and varsity tennis player at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

The Bryan brothers are, in large part, to thank for making doubles more palatable to the garden-variety fan.
But raw heat takes a team only so far. Doubles, even at the pro level, is the art of the ordinary -- smart shots down the middle, volleys that keep the point alive, transition shots that stay low. The Bryans learned many of these subtleties while working with their mother, Kathy Blake, a former touring pro once ranked No. 11 in the U.S.

Said Bob, "We'd go out with her to Court 12 of our club and she'd show us all this stuff. It was incredible." As juniors, at a time when many youngsters were mostly hovering at the baseline, Bob and Mike were encouraged to be all-court players. On occasion, Wayne and Kathy would even offer them a quarter each time they came to net.

Seeing the Bryans emerge as a great team has been one of the best feel-good stories in tennis this century. While of course they bring high energy to Davis Cup, perhaps what's more impressive is that they compete with as much passion everywhere they play. Again, that's a contrast to the clock-punching expression often seen on the faces of both singles and doubles players.

"There's no question, the court comes alive when they're in action," McEnroe said.

But not always in their favor. Sunday in San Jose, Lipsky and Martin hung tough with the brothers. The left-handed Martin in particular was alert, using angles and power. Yet even when the first set entered a tiebreak, the odds favored the Bryans. Lipsky and Martin were ranked only 57 and 61, respectively. But in this case, the underdogs came through, winning that tiebreak 7-5 and taking the second set, 7-5. Having beaten the second seeds in the quarters, Martin and Lipsky had earned their biggest win ever.

Said Martin, "It's a huge confidence boost to get two quality wins against two of the best teams in doubles these days -- Bhupathi-Knowles and the Bryan brothers. It's a new level for us. We haven't quite been there, so I look forward to whatever comes next."

For the Bryans, even in the wake of that loss, even if two months into 2008 they have yet to win a title, in large part they are well on their way to building a legacy as the most successful American players of their generation -- and that includes singles. Assuming they can continue opening more final days, they should be able to earn an even larger following as time goes on.

Joel Drucker is based in Oakland, Calif., and writes for Tennis Magazine and Tennis Channel.

Tytta!.
03-01-2008, 02:17 PM
:worship:

Thank you Kate :D

Kate87
03-01-2008, 02:24 PM
and the headline was somethig like Deeper than DNA:bowdown:

Tytta!.
03-01-2008, 02:26 PM
:bowdown:

Deboogle!.
03-03-2008, 12:10 AM
10 Questions with Bob and Mike from the TTC open site:

1. What was the last great film you watched?

Bob: Not a great film, but one of our favorites is "Dumb and Dumber". Very funny and lots of laughs.

Mike: A film I saw recently that I liked was "Into the Wild". We watch lots of movies, in theatres and on DVDs when we fly. My Mom's favorite all time movie is "Out of Africa" and our Dad's favorites are "Bonnie & Clyde" and "Lost in America".

2. Which one book would you recommend to read?

Mike: Right now I'm reading Herman Wouk's "Winds of War". Great book.

Bob: I love that book and am now reading the next one - - - "War and Remembrance." I'm learning more about WW II than I ever learned in school.

Bob: And our Dad's book "Raising Your Child to be a Champion, in Athletics, Arts, and Acamedics" is very popular with parents and definitely worth reading. :haha:

3. Which three words best describe the real you?

Bob: Love family, love friends, love tennis, love music, and fun times.

Mike: That's eleven words, Bob - - - but I agree with them all too.

4. What's the most frequently played song on your Ipod?

Bob: Not one song, but really all of Dave Matthews songs.

Mike: Same for me and we also like U2 and Maroon 5 and many of the modern bands. We also like some country and old rock 'n roll and rhythm 'n blues.

5. Who do you most admire in the world and why?

Bob: Andre Agassi, Billie Jean King, Jack Kramer, Stan Smith, Etienne de Villiers, Tom Gullikson, Donald Dell, Dick Gould, John Whitlinger, Vic Braden, Patrick McEnroe and my parents - - - in tennis. Tony Blair in the political world and, of course, Nelson Mandela.

Mike: I agree with all the above and would throw in Nick Saviano, Jay Berger, Rodney Harmon, Greg Patton, and Lonnie Nielson. We also admire Ricky Leach, the Woodies, and the Jensens. And Mark Knowles. And, of course, our coach David MacPherson.

Bob: This may sound funny, but we admire our Davis Cup teammates and close friends Andy Roddick and James Blake. And our agent John Tobias. Dave Matthews, Elton John, Carlos Santana, Brian Wilson, and Paul McCarthey - - - in music.

6. What's the most important thing you travel with apart from your tennis gear?

Mike: My guitar.

Bob: My keyboard. Piano keyboard that is. We love recording music at home and on the road, and we also love playing gigs with our Bryan Bros. Band.

7. Do you cook and if so, what is your specialty?

Bob: No.

Mike: No, but my girlfriend is a great cook. Our Mom makes a great breakfast and a great spaghetti. Our Dad burns a steak about as well as anyone and makes a pretty good cheeseburger.

8. What is your most prized possession other than your family?

Bob: Family, friends, health and happiness. Other little things are: My keyboards. My Prince rackets. My Oakleys. My computer.

Mike: I agree exactly with Bob's first four above. My extras are: Our music room with all our instruments. All my drums and all my guitars. Our three homes. Yeah, and our Oakleys and Prince rackets too.

9. In the film detailing your life who would you want to play 'you' and why?

Bob: Mike. Same DNA. :haha:

Mike: Bob. He's obviously a dead ringer for me. :spit: :haha:

10. One hundred years from now how would you like to be remembered?

Mike: I'd like to be remembered as a good son, good brother, good family member, a good friend. A guy who loved tennis and music. Someone who perhaps helped save and popularize doubles. :awww:

Bob: Me too. And someone who cared about and tried to help others. :awww:

Mike: Add that last bit on mine too.

Tytta!.
03-03-2008, 12:19 AM
Cute :rolls:

Deboogle!.
03-03-2008, 12:20 AM
thanks captain :)

Tytta!.
03-03-2008, 12:26 AM
pfffffffffffff :ras:

anytime :D :D :D

snaillyyy
03-03-2008, 12:48 AM
So adorable :hearts:

Björki
03-26-2008, 07:33 AM
ATPtennis.com

ATP announces 2007 ATP Award winners
Roger Federer and Bob and Mike Bryan are the big winners in the 2007 ATP Awards, which were announced today in Miami on the eve of the Sony Ericsson Open.

For the fourth consecutive year, Federer won both the Player of the Year Award and Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award Presented by Stanford. Additionally, fans gave Federer the ATPtennis.com Fans’ Favorite Award Presented by RICOH for the fifth consecutive year.

The Bryan brothers, who last year finished as the No. 1 doubles team for the fourth time in five years, won the Doubles Team of the Year Award Presented by Stanford for the third consecutive year. The Bryans also were voted ATPtennis.com Fans’ Favorite for the third consecutive year.

Other winners include defending Sony Ericsson Open champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia, the first player to clinch Most Improved Player of the Year honors in back-to-back years; Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, named Newcomer of the Year for his Ranking climb from No. 212 to a year-end finish of No. 43 with consistent results in ATP and Challenger level play; and Russian Igor Andreev, Comeback Player of the Year after returning from a left knee injury in 2006 to finish in the Top 50 for the third time in four years.

Ivan Ljubicic was named Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year in recognition of his support of individual, smaller charities in his native Croatia and his sponsorship of the Monaco Special Olympics, donating his entire Davis Cup prize money to those charities as well as playing exhibitions to raise money.

2007 ATP Awards Winners

Player of the Year - Roger Federer

Doubles Team of the Year Presented by Stanford - Mike and Bob Bryan

Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Presented by Stanford - Roger Federer

Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year - Ivan Ljubicic

ATPtennis.com Fans’ Favorite (Singles) Presented by RICOH - Roger Federer

ATPtennis.com Fans’ Favorite (Doubles) - Mike and Bob Bryan

ataptc
03-26-2008, 07:42 AM
Most deserving :yeah:

Tytta!.
03-26-2008, 03:04 PM
:yeah:

Kate87
08-13-2008, 12:37 AM
Two For One
By Richard Pagliaro
Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Magnetized mementos, menus and meal plans may cram the face of your refrigerator door. But if you grew up in Bob and Mike Bryan’s boyhood home in the heart of the strawberry capital of the country — Camarillo, California — you would have reached for your morning milk only to find the refrigerator feeding you a life plan of ever-expanding goals that grew to rival the family grocery list taped to the refrigerator door.

"From the time they started playing tennis as 6-year-olds Mike and Bob always wrote down their goals and taped them on the refrigerator along with their schedule for the year so every day they saw them," says father Wayne Bryan, a World TeamTennis coach of the year, who along with his wife Kathy, a former Wimbledon mixed doubles quarterfinalist, served as the twins first coach. "Putting their goals and schedule on the refrigerator gave them perspective: a looking backward at the results they already had and a looking forward to what was ahead. They always had maximum motivation and always had goals posted on that refrigerator as a reminder: first to be No. 1 in the 10s, then to be the top team in the country, earn scholarships to Stanford. And the ultimate goal was always to win all four Grand Slams as a doubles team, be the No. 1 team in the world and help the USA win the Davis Cup."

They completed that career quest last December.

The Davis Cup was all but wrapped up in a red, white and blue bow after Andy Roddick and James Blake swept singles matches to move the Americans to within one win of winning the Cup that was born in the USA. America’s top singles stars turned the task of completing the Davis Cup quest to tennis’ top-ranked team.
Hurling their bodies around the court with the abandon of stunt men, the twins, whipped the 12,000 fans packed inside Portland's Memorial Coliseum into a chest-bumping, fist-pumping frenzy as they transformed a tennis match into an extended family reunion on court by bringing Dwight Davis' Cup back home.

It was both the culmination of a quest and the completion of a career’s worth of goals. The 30-year-old twins, whose 2006 Wimbledon triumph made them only the third team in the Open Era to complete a career Grand Slam, cite the Davis Cup championship as their most rewarding victory.

"You all know what's riding on the match. You got guys you want to win for," says left-handed Bob Bryan, the taller twin by one inch at 6-foot-4. "Winning the Davis Cup is the pinnacle of our career. The Davis Cup is so meaningful because we did it as a team and to have that celebration with the guys in Portland is something we’ll never forget. That’s the one that has the most pop: people see us it he airport and congratulate us and thank us for helping bring the Cup back home to America. That’s the win people really appreciate the most."

They flipped the switch from the days of chip-and-charge to doubles their brash crush-and-rush style in amping up the volume on the game. The brothers who play charity gigs together fronting The Bryan Brothers Band play tennis in the key of E in exuding exceptional effort and enthusiasm in each match.

The ITF has named them the Doubles World Champions for a record setting five years in a row, they have contested nine of the last 12 Grand Slam finals and they have ended four of the past five season as the world’s No. 1 team.So just how good are the Bryan brothers?

"They're the best team in this era," Hall of Famer Jim Courier says. "They're 30 years old and still at the top year after year. The interesting thing about doubles right now is most of the teams in the top 10 are over 30. We're seeing fewer greater teams at a younger age and that will help the Bryans as well because there's no team like them. Coming out of the juniors those guys were groomed for doubles success, they focused on it, worked toward it, they're very intense and their skill sets complement each other perfectly for doubles. Short of injury, I don't see anyone out there who can keep them from dominating for the next few years.

They have no plans on slowing down anytime soon.

"We feel we’re at our peak now and I don’t see us going anywhere anytime soon," says Mike Bryan, the older brother by two minutes. "We love what we do, we like our careers and we see you can play doubles until your mid 30s. We are some of the youngest guys still in the top 10 and we saw how long Todd Woodbridge played. If we stay healthy, we like to think we’ve got another five years left so there’s still a lot we want to accomplish and we’ll see how our bodies hold up."

The twins own 47 tournament titles which places them fourth on the list of doubles teams in the Open Era behind three of the greatest doubles teams of all time: John McEnroe and Peter Fleming and Bob Hewitt and Frew McMillan (57 titles) are tied for second behind the Open Era doubles leaders, Australia’s Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, who stand atop the all-time list with 61 career titles.

Can the Bryans, the first doubles team in Open Era history to reach seven straight major finals, eclipse the Woodies?

"As far as breaking the Woodies record there’s no question they can," say Darren Cahill, who coached both Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi to the World No. 1 ranking. "They are two of the hardest working young men I've ever seen in singles or doubles. There’s no question they deserve to be at the top of the doubles rankings and they’ve got a lot of great tennis ahead."

John McEnroe, one of the men the Bryans are chasing on their persistent path toward tennis history, believes if the brothers stay healthy they will wind up winning the most titles of any doubles team in Open Era history.

"They could certainly go on and on because most of the top singles players don't play doubles anymore," McEnroe says. "And you've got a situation where the Bryan brothers are so committed to doubles, have been so successful and they seem to continue to improve. They play with a lot of energy, they keep positive and they never seem to argue with each other, which is amazing to me."

American tennis has suffered a bit of an identity crisis since the twins’ tennis idol, Andre Agassi, called it quits.

"It doesn’t take a genius to point the out problems," Agassi used to say when confronted with the annual "what’s wrong with American tennis?" question. "But creating solutions is much more difficult."

In many ways, the Bryan Brothers can serve as the solution: they are the poster boys for American player development program. Like the Williams sisters they have been bolstered by strong family support and bring an appetite for winning, an aptitude for improving and attitude of never backing down — the twins led the lawsuit that led to the ATP doubles reforms and once nearly came to blows with an opposing team in the locker room at the U.S. Open.

Both the brothers and sisters have been occasionally criticized for over-the-top style that skeptics say is over reliant on power and lacks finesse but in an era when title dialogues are being dominated by Spaniards, Swiss and Serbians, the Bryan Brothers and Williams sisters bring a toughness and togetherness and attitude that is exactly what aspiring American juniors should adopt.

Ultimately, the twins’ importance to tennis transcends their win-loss record. In the mind if the man many regard as the greatest doubles player ever, the twins born two minutes apart could create a rebirth for doubles.

"Doubles, in a way, is on life support," McEnroe says. "Doubles is like Davis Cup in that way that it doesn’t get the importance it deserves and it’s sad it’s become that way because most people who play tennis recreationally play doubles. But the fact that the Bryan brothers have been so successful and so dedicated to doubles and Davis Cup can draw attention to both, which is obviously important. They seem to be single handedly saving doubles."

http://www.tennisweek.com/features/fullstory.sps?inewsid=6615492

zookeeper
08-14-2008, 03:19 PM
Thanks for posting the article Kate.

Deboogle!.
10-09-2008, 03:39 PM
:eek: :cool: :worship: :rocker2:

http://www.atptennis.com/1/en/2008news/bryans_crows.asp

Bryans Have Plenty To Crow About


Stanford ATP Doubles Race leaders Bob and Mike Bryan have played to some big crowds during their careers. But nothing quite prepared them for the buzz of rocking with Counting Crows in front of 25,000 fans at Tampa, Florida last Friday.

The 30-year-old California twins joined the band on stage for the song 'Hanging Around.' Bob played keyboards, including a solo midway through the song. Mike played a rhythm acoustics guitar, including a brief solo. "It's been a childhood dream of ours to be rock stars and I've had dreams of playing in front of that many people," Bob said. "So it was great to finally become a rock star - even if it was just for six minutes."

The Bryans are friends with band member Jim Bogios, hooking up the drummer with Centre Court tickets to the Nadal-Federer final at Wimbledon this year and tickets during the US Open. "Jim mentioned to us that he'd like to get us on stage with the band. We didn't think he was serious but everyone in the band was on the same page," Mike said.

But a two-hour flight delay from the West Coast Friday almost cost the Bryans their dream. After landing late in Tampa they rushed to the Ford Amphitheater. "When we landed we were worried about the time but we got a text from Jim saying 'You can't get out of this now. You're going to be sitting in with us for Hanging Around.' That's when we started getting really nervous," Mike said. "Bob has had extra time to practice (keyboards) in recent weeks because of his shoulder injury, and in the car to the concert he brushed up on a mini keyboard on his iPhone. He really got it tight and played brilliantly."

Midway through 'Hanging Around' lead singer Adam Duritz introduced Bob and Mike to the crowd, who roared their approval.

The Bryans are practicing at Saddlebrook this week and with Bob's left shoulder steadily improving :D:D:D:D, they expect to play the ATP Masters Series event in Madrid, which begins Sunday. Bob has been sidelined since winning a second US Open title with Mike in early September. Mike's only appearance since then was a five-set Davis Cup win with Mardy Fish against Spain in Madrid almost three weeks ago.

*Listen to the brothers playing in Hanging Around. Bob's keyboards solo starts at 2:26 into the clip, with Mike's guitar solo starting around 3:30. (Note: Counting Crows have granted permission for the track to appear on ATPtennis.com.) Download Audio (http://www.atptennis.com/5/en/news/crows.mp3) (7Mb) by right clicking and selecting 'Save Target As.'

Eden
11-09-2008, 02:09 PM
:wavey:

Bryan Brothers Remain Doubles' Dynamic Duo

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© Getty Images
Bob and Mike Bryan won their sixth Grand Slam at the US Open in September.

By S. ALISON KIM
Published: November 7, 2008

Americans Bob and Mike Bryan could go down in history as the greatest team to play the game, but they're building more than a personal legacy. Their success, energy, and popularity on and off the court has injected ATP Doubles with renewed life.

Just weeks after winning the US Open, Bob and Mike Bryan found themselves in front of 25,000 screaming fans. But on this occasion, the twins had left their racquets at home and donned different instruments to entertain the crowd.

With Bob on keyboard and Mike on a rhythm acoustics guitar, the 30-year-old Californians rocked alongside the Counting Crows in Tampa, Florida, joining the band on stage for the song 'Hanging Around'. Midway through the song, which featured small solos for both brothers, lead singer Adam Duritz introduced Bob and Mike to the crowd, who roared their approval.

"It's been a childhood dream of ours to be rock stars and I've had dreams of playing in front of that many people," said Bob, who occasionally performs as part of the Bryan Bros. Band with Mike. "So it was great to finally become a rock star – even if it was just for six minutes."

While their musical career may be on hold for the time being, their rock star status extends beyond the concert stage to their day jobs as the world's best doubles team. And when the Bryans return to Shanghai as the top-seeded tandem at the Tennis Masters Cup, the fan favorites can expect another rousing reception.

In the past few years, the Bryans' star power – both on and off the court – has grown in tandem with the increasing popularity of ATP Doubles. The photogenic Americans have rung the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, rubbed shoulders with the likes of Oasis and Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Brit Awards, and been featured in People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" issue in the "Doubly Delicious" section. Their inaugural charity gala for the Bryan Brothers Foundation in September counted Andre Agassi, comedian Jon Lovitz and musician Gavin Rossdale among the entertainers.

While this celebrity can be seen as the perk of their standing as the top doubles team for much of the past six years, it is also viewed as a responsibility by the Bryans, who understand that their reputation and performance helps fuel the status of the tandem game. Mike said, "One of our big goals is to see doubles thrive. By doing well and winning a couple Grand Slams, being No. 1, it does help doubles. Fans like to see the twin dynamic out there. It makes doubles more popular."

The twins have all the makings of a dream doubles team. Left-hander Bob employs a huge first serve and a world-class forehand while right-sided Mike, older than his brother by two minutes, boasts explosive returns. They've developed an instinctual ability to read each other that they claim is incomparable on tour, and have had years of practice to sharpen their doubles skills.

"Doubles is a game where there are so many facets, so many shots you have to learn, so much strategy that it takes a long time to develop into a great doubles player," said Mike. "We've been working on doubles – not just singles – since such a young age and have developed a lot of skills that you need to be great doubles players. Overall our games really complement each other."

And whereas other players easily move on to new partners when the going gets tough, the Bryans are committed to their on-court partnership for life.

"Even if one guy is unhappy about the way a match goes, there's no question of effort," said David Macpherson, their coach of three years. "That's why they always pull together on court and they're getting better and better as they get older. They rarely look back and say they didn't focus or play well together. That's what makes them so tough – they really make opponents beat them."

Last year, the Bryans became the first team in the Open Era to finish as the No. 1 team four out of five years. Their achievements during that span include reaching seven consecutive Grand Slam finals between the 2005 Australian Open and 2006 Wimbledon, completing the career Grand Slam in 2006, and collecting a career-best 11 titles and the Davis Cup in 2007.

By their high standards, the Bryans got off to a slower start this past season. They went title-less through the first three months despite reaching four finals, marking their longest title drought to start a season since 2003. Macpherson says, "It was a frustrating time for them. Part of the psyche of being No. 1 is when you get to the final, you need to finish the job."

They finally broke through to win their first title at the ATP Masters Series tournament in Miami, then followed with wins at Barcelona, the Masters Series events at Rome and Cincinnati, the bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics – which proudly hangs from the chandelier in their dining room – and their sixth Grand Slam title at the US Open.

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The Bryan twins have appeared in 13 career Grand Slam finals

Heading into the Tennis Masters Cup, the Bryans have their sights set on another milestone: their teams 50th title, which would place them seven back of Peter McEnroe/John McEnroe and Bob Hewitt/Frew McMillan, and 11 shy of the all-time record held by Australians Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde. Mike said, "It's in the back of our minds that it's in reach. If we stay healthy, it's conceivable that we can catch these guys. But just to be mentioned in the same breath as the Woodies is flattering and humbling."

Macpherson, who played against both the Woodies and the Bryans during his doubles career, compared the two teams: "The similarities they have is that for a doubles team, they're very good from the baseline. Lots of tough doubles teams can be great returners and volleyers, but they don't have the consistency and power on second, third or fourth shots. The Woodies were great on forehand, and the Bryans are the same. The Bryans are all court players."

Considering that many of the best doubles players play well into their 30s, the Americans have a good shot of breaking the Woodies' record. Should they continue to win five titles a year as they have since the 2003 season, they would overtake the record by their 33rd birthdays.

But health will first need to be on their side, a factor that could be helped by the once-controversial Match Tie-break that has been embraced by players and fans alike since its introduction in 2006. Bob said, "It's saving our bodies so we'll have longer careers. It's exciting for the fans. It's caught on, and all the players are positive."

This season, the Bryans had been limited to just two tournaments following their US Open triumph (1-2 record) due to Bob's left shoulder inflammation. As a result, Mike flew solo for the first time in Davis Cup action, playing with someone other than his brother in the semifinals against Spain. It was just the fifth time in ATP-level action and the first time since 2002 that Mike had partnered a different player. (Bob hasn't played with anyone else at the ATP level.) The eight days also marked the longest time the Bryans had been apart in six years. "It felt like a piece of me was missing," joked Mike.

Prior to the match, Mike made sure to develop a different celebratory move with temporary partner Mardy Fish in order to reserve the Bryans' signature chest bump for his brother. Though Mike and Mardy ended up winning the match, they managed to try out the '180 back bump' just once in front of the Spanish crowd. "The fans hated it," Mike said with a laugh.

Chinese fans can rest assured that the trademark chest bump will be back in Shanghai, where the Bryans are looking to clinch their third Tennis Masters Cup title and become the first team to finish No. 1 for four straight years (Woodbridge and Woodforde finished No. 1 from 1995-97). In doing so, they could further augment their status as arguably the best doubles team to play the game.

"They're still going so they can rack up a few more titles to really make a genuine argument that they're the best of all time," said former college teammate and ATP pro Paul Goldstein. "It's great to have that conversation, it's fun, but I'll tell you, I'm much more proud just to be friends with them… Success hasn't changed them one bit. The same energy that they bring to the tennis courts is the same energy that they bring to their lives everyday."

It may be fitting that one of the greatest teams the sport has seen is playing at a time when doubles is on the rise. According to the twins, the game is healthier than ever with the top doubles players battling teams comprised of the best singles players, matches showcased on stadium court, and doubles packaged in a way that can sell tickets.

And in a large part, the Bryans can thank themselves for the role they've had in injecting the doubles game with heightened energy and interest.

"The in-your-face style of tennis that Bob and Mike bring to the court is so aggressive and fun to watch," said Delray Beach ITC tournament director Mark Baron. "Sometimes it's easy to overlook their greatness, and that they are on track to become the top doubles players in the history of our sport."

Mike said: "It was never our goal to be considered one of the greatest teams to ever play. You always dream of playing on the pro tour, hopefully winning Grand Slams, of being No. 1; it's achievable, but you never think you're actually going to do it… It would obviously be a thrill, but there's still a lot of tennis to be played."

Source: http://www.atptennis.com/5/en/deuce/november2008/bryans.asp

Björki
11-09-2008, 02:48 PM
Thank you Doris :hug:

Deboogle!.
11-09-2008, 03:23 PM
thanks :D great article :D

kai.
11-25-2008, 07:05 PM
the guys was on Tennis Pro, (is an argie program about the other side of the tennis players, the "owners" of the program are chela, zabaleta and gaudio ;))

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ev4pOWWHFA4


thanks to alexito for upload the video ;)

Deboogle!.
12-23-2008, 03:59 AM
A duo that's doubly blessed

By Dave Scheiber (http://www.tampabay.com/writers/article380284.ece), Times Staff Writer

Published Monday, December 22, 2008 8:24 PM
WESLEY CHAPEL
They have played before countless crowds around the world, won each of tennis' crown jewel events for a career Grand Slam and are the first men's doubles team to rank No. 1 four times in a five-year span. But two months ago, 30-year-old identical twins Bob and Mike Bryan found themselves on a different kind of stage — and feeling more than a little nervous before the 25,000 spectators hanging on their every move. Of course, these moves had nothing to do with hitting winners on the hardcourts of the U.S. and Australian opens, the grass of Wimbledon or the clay of Roland Garros. They involved Bob serving up a keyboard solo and Mike taking a swing at acoustic rhythm guitar with a little solo of his own, while sitting in with the Counting Crows at the Ford Amphitheater in Tampa. "That was a dream come true," said Bob, sitting with Mike in the weight room at the Saddlebrook Resort, where they live and train part of each year. "It's something we've really dreamed about for a long time, playing on stage with an incredible band like that."
The Bryan brothers have been big fans of the band since the 1990s. They met Counting Crows drummer Jim Bogios last summer at Wimbledon and helped him get tickets to the men's singles final between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
"I hit on the grass with him at the All England Club, and he wanted to repay us," Mike said.
They helped Bogios with tickets again at the U.S. Open, where they won the title a second time in September, and the drummer mentioned that they should plan to sit in with the band for a song on tour. Just in case, Bob learned the song Bogios suggested, Hanging Around, but as time passed, they forgot about it.
"I thought he was just throwing it out to be nice," Mike said. "But we were flying in to Tampa the night of their concert, and I get a text when we land that says, 'You guys are sitting in tonight. You're not getting out of it.' And I started getting nervous, thinking no way is this happening."
But their rock concert debut went off without a hitch — one more harmonic moment for a chart-topping tennis twosome doing a lot more these days than hanging around.
Doubles is traditionally overshadowed by the glitzier singles game and marquee names that put fans in the stands. But since establishing their dominance in 2003, the Bryans have done their part to enhance the profile of the pursuit — and they've given the United States a firm grip on doubles play in the process.
That was more evident than ever in December 2007 in Portland, Ore., at the 32nd annual Davis Cup. Bob, a left-hander who is 6-4, 200 pounds, and Mike, a right-hander who is 6-3, 192 pounds, employed their aggressive, attacking style to sweep Russia's Nikolay Davydenko and Igor Andreev.
Their 7-6, 6-4, 6-2 triumph clinched America's first Davis Cup crown in 12 years. It was their 13th doubles victory in 14 Davis Cup appearances, and the crowd of 13,000, along with a national television audience, saw the exuberant brothers complete the momentous win with their trademark chest bump.
"That was the peak of our career," Bob said. "It was a five-year process with ups and downs, being together with the same team (including Andy Roddick and Tampa's James Blake) the whole way through — and winning it in the U.S. was amazing."
"We'd dreamed of playing in Davis Cup since we were 10 years old," Mike added, "and every match we played felt like a Grand Slam final."
They know something about that. From 2005 to 2006, the Bryans competed in seven straight Grand Slam finals, an Open Era record. They've earned 49 ATP victories and an Olympic bronze. And though they slipped to No. 2 in the world in their final match of 2008, with Bob bothered by a lingering shoulder injury, they're looking for a return to the top when the 2009 campaign begins Jan. 19 at the Australian Open.
"We just want to get better every day, because every year the game gets better," Bob said. "We want to stay healthy and do this as long as possible, because it's a great gig."
• • •
There was little doubt that tennis would take hold with the twins, born prematurely at 4 pounds, 2 ounces in Camarillo, Calif. — Mike older by two minutes but Bob having the edge in length by 3 centimeters.
Their father, Wayne, a lawyer and performing musician, was the manager and pro at a local tennis club; their mother, Kathy, competed at Wimbledon four times, reached the mixed doubles quarterfinals in 1965 and taught at the same club as her husband.
The parents never pushed the boys to play. Instead, Wayne took them to college and pro tournaments to watch top players compete, and their passion for the sport evolved naturally.
"We developed idols, and we couldn't wait to play," Bob said.
When it came to lessons, the boys learned in a group rather than receive individual instruction. "We were always just running around with rackets in our hands, and my dad really made it fun for us," Mike said. "We had big group clinics every day, and we'd play games and never knew that we were working so hard. We played four hours a day since age 6. And being twins, we would just push each other."
As their skills developed, they would write down their goals and place them on the refrigerator, starting with winning trophies to qualifying for tournaments on the road to earning a college scholarship at Stanford.
Wayne and Kathy did have a few key rules for their children: doing well in school was a must; and reading took priority over television (in fact, they had no TV in the house). The boys would play tennis for four hours a day, eat dinner, then do homework for several more hours. "We were perfectionists; we never wanted to get B's in school, so we'd help each other out," Mike said.
One other rule: Bob and Mike were not allowed to play each other in the youth and junior tournaments. They took turns defaulting if they were to face each other, including about 30-40 times in the finals.
"As a result, we never really became competitive against each other on the court," Bob said. "We were supportive and became good friends and doubles partners. It would really have affected our psyches if one was dominating the other one. You never want to lose to your twin brother."
• • •
Bob became a standout junior and collegiate singles player, ranked No. 1 nationally, with Mike just a notch behind him. But there was never a doubt they would play doubles as pros.
"Getting to experience this with your twin brother is really special," Mike said. "We have our disagreements, but we're never jealous. It's always sharing — that's the bond we have."
They also have their own music act, the Bryan Brothers Band, with a full recording studio in their California home. They have to approve of each other's girlfriends. And they divide investments and prize money (more than $5-million over 10 years) equally.
But the Bryans discount any notion that being identical twins gives them some intuitive edge. Instead, they point to the thousands of hours they have worked and played together.
Says Hall of Famer Tony Trabert: "They're tall guys, and being a righty and lefty can be effective. But the other thing is that they're such good friends and they play so much together, they know what the other is going to do, or not do. That's very important."
Wayne has written a book on the parenting approach he and Kathy took titled Raising Your Child to be a Champion in Athletics, Arts and Academics. They couldn't be prouder of their sons.
"It's not what they've accomplished in tennis," he said. "I'm happy they've achieved all their goals, because they have. But what we're most proud of is the kind of people Mike and Bob are and how they treat other people. That's what counts most."
Whether counting wins, counting blessings or Counting Crows.
Dave Scheiber can be reached at scheiber@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8541.

Fast facts
Career highlights
Web site: www.bobandmike.com
Career doubles record: 522-190
Titles: 49 (fourth most in the Open Era, behind Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde with 61, Peter Fleming and John McEnroe with 57 and Bob Hewitt and Frew McMillan with 57)
Hot streak: The Bryans are the first men's doubles team to rank No. 1 four times in five years (2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007) and were ranked No. 1 in 2008 until a loss in their final match of the season. Woodbridge and Woodforde also finished No. 1 four times (1992, 1995, 1996, 1997) in six years.
Lefty-righty file: The top two 2008 men's doubles teams pair a left-hander (Daniel Nestor/Bob Bryan) and a right-hander while the other three are right-handers. About 20 percent of all identical twins have one right-hander and one left-hander. Nestor (with Mark Knowles in '02, '04 and Nenad Zimonjic in '08) or the Bryans have been No. 1 since 2002.

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06-19-2009, 02:09 AM
http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/mike-and-bob-bryan-im-better-than-him-ndash-i-kick-his-ass-in-practice-1708837.html

Mike and Bob Bryan: 'I'm better than him – I kick his ass in practice'

The Brian Viner Interview: They're the fun-loving chest-bumping, show-stealing Californian twins who rule men's doubles – welcome to the parallel universe of the Bryan brothers

Wimbledon 2008 will be for ever remembered for the epic men's singles final between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, although not by Mike and Bob Bryan, the 31-year-old twins from southern California who have been the world's top-ranked men's doubles pair for much of the past five years, and for a change found themselves on opposite sides of the net at the business end of a Grand Slam. Not that they could see each other too clearly as the mixed doubles final approached a conclusion.

"It was 9.20 and, like, pitch-black," says Mike. "But we all had plane tickets the next day and wanted to finish it."

"In the end no one could see a return," adds Bob. "It was, like, whiff city out there."

The mixed doubles title eventually went to Bob, and his Australian partner Samantha Stosur. But Mike still got half of Bob's winnings. "We made a vow a while ago that we would split everything equally from the mixed," explains Bob, "although I've calculated that I've won [he names a substantial six-figure sum] more than this guy.":lol:

"Don't put that on the record," says Mike.

"Why not?" says Bob, a glint in his eye. "All our money's together, it's one big mosh pit. I've contributed a little more to the pot, that's all. But we're at the stage where we maybe need to think about that. He's got a serious girlfriend now.":lol:

We are talking at Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire, home of a genteel grass-court tournament called the Boodles Challenge. But nobody ever associated gentility with southern Californians, and as white-suited men and high-heeled women clink Pimm's glasses on Stoke Park's immaculate lawns, it occurs to me that the Bryan brothers, whose signature mode of celebration is the ebullient chest bump, are just what the Boodles Challenge needs. "We picked it [the chest bump] up from the Jensen brothers actually," says Mike. "They played with so much energy, we idolised those guys. Then we came on tour and the older guys hated it, these two rookies bumping chests, not showing them respect."

It is a shame, I venture, that the Williams sisters have not picked up the habit. That could be a heck of a spectacle. "I played with Venus in the mixed at Wimbledon one year," says Bob, "and one time after we won a point she did come flying in to do a chest bump. I was quite scared, actually.":haha:

Chuckles all round. The Bryans are stimulating company, bright and funny despite being the nearest thing tennis has to a genetically engineered doubles pair. Their mother, the former Kathy Blake, was America's leading junior and became a top-30 singles player in the 1960s. Their father, Wayne, was also a professional player. And Wayne and Kathy owned and ran a tennis club, where from infancy their boys were immersed in the game. They won their first doubles competition aged six, but Wayne never allowed them to play each other in singles. When they were matched up in tournaments, they took it in turns to withdraw.

"It was a smart play," says Mike. "We both grew up dreaming of being No 1 in the world, but how are you going to do that if you're not even No 1 in your bedroom? It helped us to grow up motivated, because we both thought we were better, but nobody had the proof."

Bob had a better singles career, although never quite broke into the world's top 100. "I still think I'm better," says Mike, the elder by less than three minutes. "I still kick his ass every day in practice." Bob shoots him a withering look. "Do you?" he says. :haha: :rolls:

Like Mike, Bob praises his father's motivational methods. "He was very smart at not just putting us on court and grinding us into the ground. He took us to college tournaments, to Indian Wells, to Agassi exhibitions. I first saw Agassi when I was nine or 10, just hitting the piss out of the ball, and I remember my parents saying, 'You've got to watch this guy, no one's ever hit the ball like this'. It was true, he revolutionised the power in the sport, but by the end of his career he wasn't hitting the ball nearly as big as everyone else. I played against him, actually, in one of my first pro matches, when I still had posters of him on my bedroom wall. He beat me, like, 6-4, 6-4, but I was proud of how I hung in there, and afterwards I told him how he was my idol growing up. He's kind of taken us under his wing. And there was one time he was on the Davis Cup team with us, which was cool."

The Bryans remain a vital ingredient in the United States Davis Cup team, no less than their more illustrious team-mates James Blake and Andy Roddick. "The Davis Cup is really the biggest stage doubles offers," says Bob. "It's pretty much the swing point of any Davis Cup tie."

In 2005 it seemed as though the Davis Cup might become the only big stage for doubles. ATP Tour officials tried to decree that players could only compete in the doubles if they were entered in the singles draw, which the Bryans, along with many other specialist pairs, considered a threat to their careers. They filed a lawsuit. "Pretty much every doubles player in the top 50 put their own money in, from a couple [of] hundred bucks to, like, $10,000," says Bob. "But we were lucky because the Tour then got a new CEO, Etienne de Villiers, a great guy, who knew that doubles was part of the show. The hard-core fan loves doubles. Of the guys who play recreational tennis, 90 per cent play doubles."

"Etienne became a good friend," adds Mike. "He took us to an Arsenal soccer game. It was the first soccer game we'd been to and it was a zero-zero tie. He was devastated.":rolls:

De Villiers has now left his ATP role, but part of his legacy is the health of men's doubles. "It's at the best level it's ever been," says Mike. "There are big names on court, too. At Indian Wells this year we played Federer in the first round and Nadal in the second round. They don't have great doubles skills, but it's good to get the power of the groundies [the groundstroke specialists] versus finesse and quick hands at net."

Bob elaborates. "Doubles is a different sport almost," he says. "You've got to have poaching skills, and the return has to be more precise, you've got to hit it low at the guy's shoelaces. In singles you see Federer hit a big serve and the guy will just chip it back, but if you do that in a doubles game, the point's over. Also, you don't get too many young guys out there who can volley, because kids grow up banging from the baseline and volleying is a skill that takes a long time to develop. Doubles players get better with age. Leander Paes just won the French [Open, with Lukas Dlouhy] and he's 36."

Longevity also hones the communication skills doubles players need, and that the Bryans have almost by telepathy. "You never leave a hole down the middle in doubles, and we do that without even thinking," says Mike. "And we complement each other well. He's a lefty, with a huge serve, and I hit a pretty decent return."

Presumably, though, being twins can hinder as well as help? When's the last time they got furious with each other on court?

"Yesterday," says Bob.:haha:

"We have to be careful with our word selection on court," Mike adds, "but we button it up pretty well in the Davis Cup and the Grand Slams."

"What did I say yesterday?" Bob asks.

"You told me I sucked," Mike replies.:rolls:

They smile together, as they have done everything together throughout their lives. After high school they went to Stanford University together, partly at the encouragement of a man who had graduated a year before them, Eldrick "Tiger" Woods. "Stanford had him recruit us to go," says Bob. "He, like, turned up at one of my matches in Michigan and said he'd love it if we went there. I remember asking him if he was going to turn pro, because there were rumours that Nike were going to give him $60m. And he said, 'I can't tell you,' nodding his head. The next week he was all over the news."

These days, the brothers share a house in their hometown of Camarillo, California. "But we train in Campbell, Florida," says Mike. "That's our residence right now. Put that in the paper. It will help for tax purposes." :spit: :haha: :haha: :haha:

Their contribution to the US Treasury, if hardly on a par with that of their fellow Stanford alumnus Woods, must still be substantial. Not since 2004 have they failed to win at least one Grand Slam title, and they estimate that their income combined is about that of a top 10 singles player, which makes them decidedly wealthy young men. Moreover, Bob's mixed doubles success has continued since Wimbledon last year; with Liezel Huber he won the French Open title earlier this month. But I suggest that for Britain's own Jamie Murray that must have stuck in the craw – wasn't Huber meant to be his partner?

"He didn't think he would get into the tournament because his ranking had dropped," claims Bob. "He was like, 'Liezel, you'd better go find someone else,' and one hour before the sign-in, she said to me, 'Let's go'."

If Murray is feeling hard done by, there was at least some revenge at British hands in the subsequent Ageon tournament at Queen's Club, when, amazingly, the Bryans were defeated in the first round by the little-known Colin Fleming, a Scot, and Ken Skupski, from Liverpool. Fleming and Skupski were respectively ranked 165 and 148 in men's doubles, but the Bryans, who enter Wimbledon next week as top seeds, expect those rankings to soar. "I expect them to be a real good pairing," says Mike. "They played well. And actually it wasn't so bad for us to take a loss and put our rackets down for four or five days.":cuckoo::haha:

When they put down their rackets they usually pick up instruments. Music is their great passion outside tennis, and they ask me to publicise the gig by The Bryan Brothers Band, in which Bob plays keyboard and Mike drums and guitar, a week tomorrow in Wimbledon village, nine until midnight. There seems to be some doubt about the venue, but they shouldn't be hard to find. They're tall, boisterous, and there are two of them, generally enjoying life. "We love London," says Mike. "Yeah, says Bob. "There's great food, great shopping, great TV, it's our second home."

DartMarcus
06-19-2009, 06:41 AM
Great article! :haha:

zookeeper
06-19-2009, 03:05 PM
Thanks for posting that Deb!

Here is a new Adidas commercial w/ the guys

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VMAAaJ9ScE&feature=player_embedded

dam0dred
08-25-2009, 01:08 AM
The New York Times Magazine has done a profile (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/30/magazine/30brothers-t.html?_r=2&pagewanted=1&hp) of the Bryans.

I've always thought there was something disturbingly homoerotic about the twins but this article brings it to a whole new level of creepiness. Crawling into bed with each other, 2000$ phone bills, joint bank accounts... :unsure:

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2009/08/30/magazine/30brothers.600.jpg

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08-25-2009, 01:21 AM
so has the New Yorker mag, but only a part of it is available free online http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/08/31/090831fa_fact_bilger

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12-15-2009, 06:06 PM
According to ESPN's Bonnie Ford, the twins are moving from Adidas to K-Swiss (Bob tweeted they were changing sponsors but didn't say who)

http://twitter.com/Bonnie_D_Ford/status/6702929279

Eden
05-16-2010, 11:22 PM
Bryan brothers' brilliance a fine advertisement for doubles

Neil Harman, Tennis Correspondent


Many of us have endured that agonising moment when the Bryan twins are walking towards you and you desperately search for that minor idiosyncrasy that might enable you not to make a fool of yourself and call Bob "Mike" and Mike "Bob". The Net Post asked for a couple of pointers in terms of separating the pair yesterday as the Bryans celebrated the 61st tournament victory of their careers, to equal the Open Era record of the Australian Woodies, Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde.

Mike – I’m sure it was Mike – said: “Bob’s a little heavier than me, he’s grown his hair a bit longer, he’s uglier and I have a couple of moles on the side of my neck.” But you cannot always approach Mike from the proper side to be able to see them and then, of course, have to try to remember which of the brothers had the moles in the first place.

What is not difficult at all to distinguish is how brilliantly they play doubles, the telepathy they share than only twins can enjoy, which gives them a marked advantage and the relish they have for playing this game at their rarefied level at 32 years of age (they still look 22).

They opened 2010 with their eighth grand slam title, at the Australian Open and should they add the French in three weeks, obviously, the record will then be theirs. And what better place would there be to set such a landmark than at one of the sport’s four treasures? Already this year they have won in Delray Beach, Houston and Rome.

And they speak as well as they play, a constant source of mature opinion and fun mixed with a spontaneity which makes them engaging conversationalists. Though doubles tends to be greeted with indifference at many tournaments – the Williams sisters won the women’s doubles event here and the final was scheduled second on at night after a men’s singles – the Bryans have kept it cool and relevant, playing with an exuberance that shames younger pairings.

That was as true as ever when they defeated Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, the defending champions and current No 1 pair in the world in the Mutua Madrilena Masters final in Madrid, 6-4, 6-3. Like Woodbridge and Woodforde, they are a left-right combination who seem to have been granted the advantage of eternal youth.

“That is definitely the best combination,” Bob Bryan said. “The sun out there today was really bad for a leftie, so we decided to put Mike on a different side. We can use winds to our advantage and the leftie serve is always tougher to break, I think. We feel like our game is pretty comfortable if I make first serves, and Mike is such a good returner he keeps us in other guys' service games.”

And they show no sign of letting up. “We’re still having fun. It never gets old or boring to be travelling the world with your brother,” Mike said. “We love winning the titles and sharing the trophies and the memories. We don’t want to say, ‘Now that we’ve done this or that, we’re going to retire next year.’ I don’t think we’d find this adrenalin sitting on the couch at home so we might as well soak it up while we can.

“Being twins does give us an advantage. We’ve played thousands of matches; there is a special bond and communication that most teams don’t have. The other side of the coin is that other players have seen us play hundreds of times, so it is a challenge for us to keep working on different things.”

We wondered whether they thought more of the top ten players might indulge some more in doubles. Rafael Nadal won the title in Indian Wells this year with Marc Lopez, Roger Federer helped Yves Allegro out in Rome earlier this month; Andy Murray occasionally partners Ross Hutchins but more often than not, they have other priorities.

“The doubles game is at its best right now,” Bob Bryan says. “You do have singles guys playing which is a contrast in styles and it is beautiful to see when they do. It gives the fans a different experience as well. We’ve played Roger seven times and Rafa four times, so they do come in and play. Then there are the specialists who offer something different again.”

That is certainly the case with the Bryan twins, whose infectious free-spirited performances have done so much to keep doubles in the public eye. Long may they keep chest-bumping their way around the world.

Source: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article7128238.ece