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Tearin' up the hardcourts!

Deboogle!.
07-27-2006, 10:58 PM
Woot, the guys need a thread :p

They started their summer HC season with a bit of WTT and are now in LA as the #1 seeds. We didn't get to see them at all unfortunately but they won their first match easily :D

Caren
07-28-2006, 02:34 PM
FIRE IT UP!!

Deboogle!.
07-29-2006, 03:48 AM
They beat Fishelstob easily today, onto the semis in LA! :) they're so popular in LA they're featured on the ads in the stands with all the singles winners :lol:

Deboogle!.
07-30-2006, 06:23 AM
Bob and Mike came through a tough first set against Capdeville/Gonzo but won in straights and into the finals tomorrow against Jamie Murray and Butorac... gotta think the guys will notch up LA Title #3 tomorrow, woot! :banana: and they're #1 seeds in DC next week too :D

the final will be on tv tomorrow :bounce:

ae wowww
07-30-2006, 04:31 PM
Good work boys :D Take the title tomorrow, for sure!!

Deboogle!.
07-31-2006, 03:52 PM
They won! :banana: Pretty routine match against some nobodies and this was their milestone 30th title!!!! I'm gonna make a couple torrents of their matches that were shown on TTC. Where is everyone, we fought long and hard for this forum and now no one's here :(

Anyway the twins are now in Washington DC :banana:

Deboogle!.
07-31-2006, 07:54 PM
Videossssssss :)
http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=3886706&postcount=4821

Björki
07-31-2006, 08:28 PM
congrats Bob & Mike :bigclap:

Deb do you have the Wimbledon final on tape??

Deboogle!.
07-31-2006, 08:40 PM
I don't, because I downloaded the torrent!

btw to answer the question in your rep to me, we didn't see the Bryans :( They normally warm up on the practice court but the day they played that we were there, we think they warmed up on the main stadium because the day session ended early :(

Kudz
07-31-2006, 09:25 PM
Congrats to the Bryans!

And thanks for the videos Deb!

Deboogle!.
07-31-2006, 10:14 PM
You're welcome :)

And the DC site says the twins' first match will be on Wednesday!

ataptc
08-01-2006, 02:37 PM
Bob and Mike :)

good luck to them in DC!

and also, thanks for the videos Deb! I was only able to watch doubles final during grand slams and during daviscup(a selected tie only though, almost never the USA tie unless they made it to the finals) but now I can watch more of the twins' matches thanks to you :yippee: :yippee:

Deboogle!.
08-01-2006, 04:01 PM
:D My pleasure :) They're gonna have the DC doubles final too i think but I won't be here so I don't know if I can record it :(

Mashik
08-01-2006, 11:19 PM
Finally! I'm here :D
Congrats to our dear twins :bounce: :bigclap:
That's a great start of the USOpen Series! :D
Good luck in DC :)

And Deb, thank you VERY MUCH for the videos :kiss:

Deboogle!.
08-02-2006, 12:53 AM
You're welcome :D

Caren
08-02-2006, 07:18 PM
Ooooooooooooooooooooooooo :bounce: I love the Bryans...:)

Deboogle!.
08-03-2006, 05:08 AM
They won their first match easily, they haven't lost since Queens! :bounce:

ataptc
08-03-2006, 05:20 AM
Awesome. keep it up guys! :yeah:

Björki
08-03-2006, 11:19 AM
:yeah:

Caren
08-03-2006, 01:00 PM
:bounce:

Mashik
08-03-2006, 09:37 PM
:yeah: :bounce: :D

Deboogle!.
08-05-2006, 05:11 PM
Into the semis tonight! :banana:

Mashik
08-05-2006, 06:13 PM
:yeah: Now let's go into the final :D

BTW This semis match is like a rehearsal of Davis Cup ;) Go, Mike and Bob! :bounce:

And Deb, will it be some videos again? :cool: I wanna see twins in action ;)

Deboogle!.
08-06-2006, 01:06 AM
I can't this time, I'm not in LA right now, no Tennis Channel here, and my recorder has been sent in for repair :sad: :sad:

Deboogle!.
08-06-2006, 03:16 AM
Which is too bad b/c they're in the final tomorrow!!!! Against Hanley/Ullyett. This is awesome :D

ae wowww
08-06-2006, 08:18 AM
They won their first match easily, they haven't lost since Queens! :bounce:

Yeah, how many tournaments have they played?

Mashik
08-06-2006, 10:41 AM
Yeah, how many tournaments have they played?
Wimbledon - won, LA - won and now D.C. Almost 3 ;)

Deb, it's really too bad :sad: It seems to be an awesome match! :bounce: I'm not sure, but may be our Tennis Channel will show it :scratch: I hope at least :rolleyes:

Björki
08-06-2006, 06:40 PM
Bryans def. Hanley/Ullyett 6-3, 5-7, 10-3

Deboogle!.
08-06-2006, 06:43 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo: This is awesome:D

Deboogle!.
08-06-2006, 06:54 PM
Just saw this from the Washington paper. what a great article :)
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Doubles or Nothing
Twins Bob and Mike Bryan Have Reached the Top of Their Game, Together

By Linton Weeks
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, August 5, 2006; C01

After coming from behind to win a tennis match at Wimbledon last month, Mike Bryan punched his brother Bob in the nose.

The Bryans -- 28-year-old California identical twins who are the top-ranked professional doubles team in the world -- were down two sets to one, and everything one brother said to the other was being misinterpreted. "We just stopped talking," says left-hander Bob, who is an inch taller, 10 pounds heavier and two minutes younger than right-hander Mike. They know each other well enough to know when to shut up. Even after the victory, they didn't speak.

On the way to their living quarters in London, they were sitting in the back seat of the car and "Bob just turns and takes a punch at my arm," Mike says.

Then Mike hits Bob in the face.

They go at it. The car is rocking, they say. The driver doesn't know what is going on.

Back in their rooms, the brawl rolls on. "Mike kung-fu kicks me in the stomach," Bob says. "Then I break his guitar."

"Five minutes later," Mike says, "we're sitting down to dinner as if nothing has happened."

The Bryan brothers know how to fight. And they know how to win.

Besides taking home the Wimbledon championship trophy this year, they were winners at the Australian Open and runners-up in the French Open at Roland Garros. They have helped the United States reach the Davis Cup semifinals; the team plays Russia next month. And the Bryans -- who will play in the semifinals today after defeating Jim Thomas and Rockville's Paul Goldstein last night before a sellout crowd -- hope to win the Legg Mason tournament here this weekend (as they did last year) and to defend their U.S. Open title later this month.

In their eight years as pros, they have won 30 doubles titles and are the first team in more than 50 years to have reached the finals of seven Grand Slam tournaments in a row.

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Being No. 1 in professional doubles these days is a little like being the best steak-griller at a vegan camp. Tennis doesn't have many friends, and doubles is its homely cousin from out of town. There is not a lot of prize money or sex appeal in doubles, which is surprising, given that it is the game most veteran players can identify with. It has swift action, long points, devilish angle shots and lots of opportunity for physical and mental fireworks and derring-do. It has been said that singles is checkers; doubles is chess.

But most fans watch only singles. There is something so un-contemporary America about doubles. This country promotes individualism, self-reliance, independence. Not complement, consideration, dependence. This is a "your fault" society, not a "my bad" one.

The Bryans possess what their father refers to as the "doubles personality." On a recent sweltering Washington afternoon, Wayne Bryan is sitting in the shade beside Practice Court 1 at the FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park, watching Mike and Bob go through a wringing-wet workout. "I used to tell the boys, 'You don't have to get along on the doubles court . . . unless you want to win."

He's a gravelly-voiced, sun-scorched coach type, known on the pro tennis circuit as one of the game's most vocal promoters. He's wearing an orange-and-white shirt and dark shorts and he might as well have a whistle around his neck. He's taking a break from giving clinics to amateurs.

On the court, his sons hit long rallies. Dark hair, dark eyes, in shape. Their ground strokes are eerily similar; they hit the ball arclessly low so that it just clears the net cord. It's like watching one Bryan hit against a mirror. Wayne makes wisecracks from the sideline, but the boys pay zero attention.

Eventually they play some points against a couple of left-handed sparring partners -- their coach, David MacPherson, and one of their idols, Rick Leach, who used to be a No. 1 doubles player in the world. They met Leach when they were 10. He was going out to play his first Davis Cup doubles match. The Bryans told Leach they had just won a junior tournament in Long Beach, Calif. Leach told them he had won the same tournament when he was their age. Wayne believes that that moment was seminal in the Bryans' development.

"It seemed so simple to the boys," Wayne says, laughing. "You win Long Beach at 10; next thing you know, you're playing Davis Cup."

In a way, it was that simple. With a mountain of tough work and sacrifice in between. And setting aside of ego -- being the kind of person who knows when to step forward, when to stay back and support his partner no matter what happens.

Only a handful of players throughout history have been great singles players and great doubles players -- Althea Gibson, John Newcombe, Tony Roche, Arthur Ashe, Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova are among them.

Pete Sampras, Wayne Bryan says, did not have a doubles personality. Nor did Bjorn Borg. Oddly enough, temperamental John McEnroe, who has an ego the size of Manhattan, was able to play both beautifully.

Anna Kournikova, Wayne says, has a doubles personality. But she has been pushed to be a rock star singles player. Wayne knows because he coaches the Sacramento Capitals in professional team tennis and she is an occasional marquee player for his team. "I have watched her. She wants to play doubles."

He says, "We misunderstood her. Put her on a doubles court and she comes alive."

She has all the attributes of a great doubles player, he says. Good volleys, strong returns, and "she's a good poacher" -- knowing just when to invade her partner's territory to make a shot.

She has a great court sense of where her partner is and her opponent is not. "Doubles," he says, "has lots of angles to it."

You can be a great singles player with certain raw gifts -- a psycho-killer serve, a nuclear forehand, the stamina of a government mule. In doubles, you need all those skills and more.

"There are singles players who can't volley," Wayne says. If you can't volley, you'll never be a great doubles player.
Unequal Pay

It's hard to be a pro doubles player. The system works against you. Most mid-level tournaments, like the ones in Washington, Indianapolis and Los Angeles, hold their singles qualifying rounds on Saturday and Sunday, which usually overlap with the doubles finals of the previous week's event. So if you do well in doubles, you cannot qualify in the next singles contest. Most pros don't even bother with the doubles.

"A lot of guys will deef to get to the next qualies," says Wayne, using shorthand for default and qualifying rounds.

The Association of Tennis Professionals, says its vice president, Gayle David Bradshaw, is trying to pump life into doubles. It has changed the scoring to shorten the matches for TV. A financial organization has pledged $1 million a year for the next three as a sponsor.

And the ATP is encouraging more marquee singles players to participate. But for most players, the money is piddling. The Legg Mason Classic singles player receives $3,075 if he loses in the first round and $74,250 if he wins the championship. The doubles player takes home $1,000 if he loses in the first round and $14,750 if he wins the whole thing. Grand Slam tournaments -- Wimbledon, the Australian Open, the French Open and the U.S. Open -- pay much more.

As the Bryans have become the doubles darlings of tennis, they have moved into a higher echelon. So far this year they have made about $1.2 million in prize money and they will probably pick up another $2 million in endorsements. According to their agent, John Tobias, they are paid between $30,000 and $50,000 in appearance money just to show up at many tournaments and exhibitions.

Most players are not so blessed. "Why would singles players want to play doubles?" says Leach. "The money is less than 20 percent. You have to have passion."

And you often have to make a choice in the way you train and in the way you think. "Bob Bryan could be in the top 20 in singles," says guru and former player Brad Gilbert. "He gave it all up to play doubles with his brother. They obviously have great love for each other."

You need that, he says, to be good at doubles. Gilbert adds, "When I played doubles, I was practicing for singles."

Other players feel the same way. The Bryans' friend Andy Roddick told them they should both be singles players.

But influenced by their father and by other brothers teams such as Tom and Tim Gullikson and Murphy and Luke Jensen, the Bryans decided eight years ago to turn pro and, eventually, to focus on becoming No. 1 in the world as a team.

"It's very challenging to get family members to play together," says Jim Loehr, a sports psychologist at the Human Performance Institute in Orlando who worked with the Gullikson twins. "Team dynamics require an extraordinary level of positive support."

The two best players in the world don't always play well as a team. "Normally the frustration and jealousy that can spark sibling rivalry are amplified in competitive tennis," Loehr says.
Joining Forces

The Bryan brothers sit side by side in their suite at the Key Bridge Marriott on the morning of their first round match, eating the same breakfast -- eggs, bacon, hash browns and grits. Mike is wearing a red T-shirt and dark shorts. Bob is still in his white Marriott robe.

"I think my parents wanted a girl," Mike says. "They got two boys instead." Wayne and Kathy Bryan, owned and managed Cabrillo Racquet Club in Camarillo, Calif. The boys have been playing tennis since they were 2. Throughout their childhood they were both highly ranked junior players. Bob was the No. 1 18-and-under singles player in the United States in 1995. Mike was No. 3. They went to Stanford University in 1997 and 1998 and led the Cardinal to the NCAA team championship both years. In 1998 Bob won the individual NCAA tournament, defeating teammate Paul Goldstein of Rockville. No surprise that Mike and Bob also won the NCAA doubles championship that year. Then they turned pro.

Though Bob had victories over powerhouses such as Mardy Fish, Taylor Dent and Tim Henman, his highest ATP ranking in singles was 116 in 2000; his career singles record is 18-38. Mike reached 246 in the singles rankings in 2000; his career record is 5-9. Together the brothers' career doubles record is 46-9. They turned their full attention to doubles. They play nearly every week of the year and they travel all over the world.

Wayne goes with the guys sometimes. Kathy almost never does. She was a pro player, once ranked among the top in U.S. singles and doubles (as Kathy Blake). "We don't talk tennis with Mom," Mike says. "She's done all this before." They say it's hard for her to watch them because of her nerves.

"Dad gets all the credit for being our coach," Mike says. "But Mom put in all the daily work, feeding us balls, making our meals."

The Bryans say their parents never cared about winning or losing. But they did want their sons to play hard and show good sportsmanship.

Mike has a temper; Bob doesn't. Bob says, "Mike's been yanked off the court twice because he lost his temper."

Bob: "I'm a little more relaxed. I'm a little more creative. I get lost in my piano."

Mike: "I'm more organized. On time."

Bob: "He's a thinker."

Mike has a girlfriend now. Bob doesn't. "We've never been single at the same time," Bob says.

There are differences on the court as well. Mike's known for his serve returns. Bob for his serve. Bob believes he could be in the top 50 players in the world "if I invested a couple of years of my life in it."

"But," he says, "that's not what fulfills us." They like being No. 1 in something. They like winning most of their matches, which they might not do as singles players. They like drawing larger crowds. "We play a doubles match here, we pack the seats," Bob says. "I play a singles match, the stadium is 25 percent full."

He adds, "I am 100 percent sure that I want to be doing this."

They don't mind sharing the glory. They share just about everything else, even the same bank account. As they were growing up, the family home had enough bedrooms for each boy to have one, but they wanted to sleep in the same room.

"When we get old," Bob says, "we'll probably end up living on the same street."

They joke about their life after tennis. "We will do something together," Bob says.

Maybe own a club. "I'll be head pro," Mike says. And to Bob: "You'll be my assistant."
Game Time

Their first round match on Stadium Court in Washington is delayed. By the 10:30 p.m. start time, there are only about a thousand sweat-drenched spectators in the stands. Before the warm-up, Wayne oversees a goofy promotion in which contestants have to play a matching game with oversize cards.

Over the public address system, Wayne tells the folks to stick around as "Jordan Kerr and Bobby Reynolds take on the number one doubles team in the world: the Rockin' Bryan Twins!"

The Bryans come onto the court to warm up. They are wearing red shirts, black-and-white shorts, black shoes, white socks and good-guy white caps. Bob plays the deuce court; Mike the ad. Bob's first serves are in the 130s. He hits 140 mph with one. Mike has a powerful return.

Their baseline strokes are sure; the volleys strong-wristed.

When they change courts, they sit in chairs side by side. Their legs jiggle in unison.

On the court, they are a coach's dream, tennis fundamentalists -- they run to position, they stay on their toes, they keep each other pumped up with high fives, knuckle knocks, the occasional chest bump. They move their feet, get their rackets back early. They are a well-tuned two-stroke engine. They apologize for missed shots, encourage each other to poach.

But most of all they focus. They are like velociraptors, double-teaming their prey.

They win the match, 6-4, 6-2, in 52 minutes.

As they carry their bags from the court, scores of young people and adults wait at the exit, asking the Bryans to sign oversize tennis balls and programs. The brothers take their time. It's getting near midnight, but they don't seem in a hurry to leave.

They are on center court. They are winning much more than they are losing. They are No. 1. Both of them. Together.

Kudz
08-06-2006, 07:15 PM
Congrats to the Bryans for winning!

Great article Deb. Thanks for posting.

cobalt60
08-06-2006, 07:18 PM
Nice article and :woohoo: for the win!

Mashik
08-06-2006, 07:23 PM
:woohoo: Second title in a row! :cool: :cool:

Thanks for this great article, Deb :D

Deboogle!.
08-06-2006, 08:31 PM
pics! :D:D

Kudz
08-06-2006, 09:48 PM
Yay pics!

ataptc
08-07-2006, 03:12 PM
Indeed the article was a wonderful read and I couldn't help but smile after I had finished reading it :D

Congrats to them on yet another title!!! :woohoo:

Deboogle!.
08-07-2006, 03:16 PM
well glad you guys liked the article, here are a couple more :p
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Relaxed Bryans net third straight title

By Rhiannon Potkey, rpotkey@VenturaCountyStar.com
August 7, 2006

Bob and Mike Bryan continue to ride the wave of positive momentum generated from their Wimbledon breakthrough.

One week after capturing the Countrywide Classic title in Los Angeles, the top-seeded Camarillo brothers defended their title at the Legg Mason Classic in Washington with a 6-3, 5-7, 10-3 (match tiebreaker) victory over No. 2 Paul Hanley and Kevin Ullyett on Sunday.

In extending their consecutive match win streak to 14, the Bryans won their third straight title, fifth of the year and 31st of their career.

After securing the career Grand Slam by winning Wimbledon, the Bryans would not have been blamed for suffering an emotional letdown.

But the achievement is having the opposite effect on the top-ranked team in the world.

"Everything has been lifted off our backs and we are just having fun at tournaments," Mike Bryan said. "We are hanging out during the day playing music, and then going into matches with a relaxed outlook on the whole thing. We feel like with the career Slam everything else is gravy, and we can be loosey-goosey."

Hanley and Ullyett were the last team to defeat the Bryans in the semifinals of Queen's Club, and it appeared they might be streak-busters on Sunday.

The Bryans trailed 3-2 in the match tiebreak, but the 28-year-old identical twins rolled off the final eight points of the match.

"We had a sloppy last game in the second set and were broken, and it woke us up," Mike Bryan said. "Once they butchered a short sitter in the tiebreak and we hit a few winners, we got fired up."

After receiving their trophy and prize money, the Bryans walked out into the plaza and sat in on a few sessions with a band that was providing entertainment.

"We were still in our sweaty red shirts and played some classics for the fans," Mike Bryan said. "Having everybody come cheer our music was a good way to cap off a title."

Although the Bryans want to keep their streak going — they play in Toronto this week — they don't anticipate going the rest of the year without a loss.

"Too much has to go right for that to happen," Mike Bryan said. "The Open is the one we want to be fresh for. We'll go two more hard weeks before a week off, and even if we slip once, we'll go to the Open with our confidence through the roof."

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The Bryan Brothers Double Their Pleasure

By Melanie Ho
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, August 7, 2006; E10

Against a backdrop of blue -- banners, court and seats -- Mike and Bob Bryan wore red. Displaying their choice of primary color with matching T-shirts, the twins distinguished themselves not only through their wardrobe, but through their dominant doubles play. The Bryans won the doubles final of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, 6-3, 5-7 (10-3 match tiebreaker) over Paul Hanley and Kevin Ullyett, claiming their fifth title of the year and their second consecutive title in Washington.

The top seeds and the heavy favorites were again dominant on their serve and were able to take advantage of what few breaks were afforded them.

"They serve big," Ullyett said. "They get through their service game always under the pump. They just bomb through their service game and make you play a lot of balls. Constant pressure in every step of the game. You slip up once and you're in trouble. They're very good front-runners."

In the first set, Ullyett-Hanley slipped up just once, allowing the Bryans an opportunity to break to a 2-1 lead. The brothers then rolled to a 6-3 victory in 27 minutes.

The second set was much tighter. Hanley said that he and Ullyett took their and were able to regroup. Both teams held serve until Bob Bryan served at 6-5 and faced triple break-point. With a big serve, he was able to save one break point, but at 15-40, Mike Bryan's shot sailed out and Ullyett-Hanley won, 7-5, forcing a match tiebreaker. With the tiebreaker at 3-3, the Bryans held serve, then broke Hanley twice. The brothers won the last eight points of the tiebreaker.

Ullyett's double fault gave the Bryans the victory. The twins, 28, followed with their crowd-pleasing chest bump -- a move that has become both their victory signature and a marketing ploy for the ATP. The Bryans, the most recognizable doubles team, are featured on the ATP's Web site as the poster children for the new evolution in doubles play, which involves both the elimination of the advantage in deuce and replacing the third set with a match tiebreaker.

"I think all the doubles players are behind it, behind the new revolution and I think it's really taken off with the fans," Bob Bryan said. "For that place [center court] to be packed at noon on a Sunday, three hours before the singles match is awesome and it shows that this revolution is taking off and that doubles is getting bigger."

Despite an increase in competition, the Bryans still dominate. Ullyett and Hanley were the last team to beat the Bryans in the semifinals at Queen's. Since then, the Bryans have gone on a 13-match unbeaten streak, which started at Wimbledon when the brothers, natives of Camarillo, Calif., were down two sets to one in the first round of Wimbledon. The twins won that match before going on a streak that culminated with a Wimbledon championship and a career Grand Slam.

"Now it just feels like everything is just easier," Mike Bryan said. "The pressure's been released and we're going out there and every match is not the end of the world anymore. We're going to have that career Grand Slam forever. Our confidence is through the roof right now. We're happy every time we step out on the court and we feel like we can beat anyone."

Having won the Australian Open and Wimbledon as well as reaching the final of the French Open, the Bryans hold a significant lead in the doubles race. Their 50-9 record also leaves them riding a lot of momentum.

"Every day we wake up a little happier," Bob Bryan said. "We're not so serious before a match, everything feels, like Mike said, easier. We don't talk about matches as much before, we just kind of go out there and we just play tennis now."

ataptc
08-08-2006, 05:56 AM
:)

Mashik
08-08-2006, 12:17 PM
Deb!
http://s.rimg.info/4a5c0da71ca10fda14c1defeca67b882.gif

cobalt60
08-09-2006, 09:54 PM
Well Deb I must agree with you- the twins don't disappoint. :) It is nice to have players you watch who remain steady and consistent.

Deboogle!.
08-09-2006, 11:51 PM
Routined Gonzo/Ljubicic 6-2 6-4 :banana: :banana:

cobalt60
08-10-2006, 01:08 AM
Routined- I love it! :banana:

Mashik
08-10-2006, 01:13 AM
Routined- I love it! :banana:
Me too :banana:

ataptc
08-10-2006, 04:23 AM
Routined- I love it! :banana:
Yes I love Deb's choice of words :D

Mashik
08-11-2006, 09:42 PM
Not routined, but win! :bounce: :bounce:

(1)Bryan/Bryan d (5)Santoro/Zimonjic 36 64 10-7(Match TB)

Deboogle!.
08-12-2006, 04:46 AM
:rocker2: :rocker2: They are amazing!

Kudz
08-12-2006, 09:25 AM
Yay! Go Bryans!

Deboogle!.
08-12-2006, 09:31 PM
Bryans def. Knowles/Nestor 6-3 6-7(6):o 10-5

into the finallllllllllllllll!!!!

Kudz
08-12-2006, 09:34 PM
:bigclap:

Mashik
08-12-2006, 09:41 PM
After Wimbledon everything looks so easy :D
Way to go! :bigclap: :bigclap:

Deboogle!.
08-12-2006, 09:43 PM
I know! :D It's like they're so confident and relaxed that they just go out there and can come through the tight ones. It's awesome, hopefully they can take it one step further and bag yet another big title :D

Mashik
08-12-2006, 09:50 PM
I hope thair bad luck in the Masters finals is over now! Or they don't care about it anymore :p
It's time to win first Masters title in this season! ;) :D

cobalt60
08-12-2006, 10:40 PM
:cool:

Björki
08-13-2006, 10:00 AM
ATPSite

Bryan Brothers Seek Third Title in Three Weeks at Toronto

Stanford ATP Doubles Rankings leaders, Bob and Mike Bryan of the U.S. beat Mark Knowles of the Bahamas and Daniel Nestor of Canada 6-3, 6-7(6), 10-5 (Match Tie-break) in the semifinals of the Rogers ATP Masters Series event in Toronto Saturday.

The Bryans will shoot for their third title in as many weeks in the final Sunday against third seeds Paul Hanley of Australia and Kevin Ullyett of Zimbabwe. Hanley and Ullyett beat No. 7 seeds Martin Damm and Leander Paes 3-6, 6-3, 10-4 (Match Tie-break) in the semifinals.

The final will be a re-match of last week's final in Washington, won by the Bryans.

In their match against fourth-seeded Knowles and Nestor, the top-seeded Bryans won 77 points, compared to 71 for their opponents. The twins broke serve twice and were broken once themselves.

The twins captured the crowns at Los Angeles two weeks ago (d. Butorac-J. Murray) and Washington last week (d. Hanley-Ullyett). They also won titles this year at the Australian Open (d. Damm-Paes), Las Vegas (d. Levinksy-Lindstedt) and Wimbledon (d. Santoro-Zimonjic).

If the Bryans win Sunday, it will be their fourth straight crown, including Wimbledon. At this event, the Bryans won the title in 2002 (d. Knowles-Nestor). They have a stellar record of 53-9 this year.

Hanley and Ullyett have a record of 40-11 this year. They won titles at Rotterdam (d. Erlich-Ram), Dubai (d. Knowles-Nestor), Hamburg (d. Knowles and Nestor again) and London-Queen’s Club (d. Bjorkman-Mirnyi). Last week, they were runners-up at Washington, losing to the Bryan brothers.

Ullyett won this event last year with Wayne Black (d. Erlich-Ram).

Deboogle!.
08-13-2006, 02:42 PM
Last night I watched their match against Hanley/Ullyett from Washington last week (actually hooked my vcr up right after sending my dvd recorder in! :eek: hahaha). Anyway, Hanley/Ullyett started returning really well - especially against Mike, so they need to serve well today. But the guys picked it up awesomely in the Match TB so hopefully they are focused and come out on top of their games - if they do they should be fine :D

And it's live on the ATP Masters Series TV Site for free!

http://www.atpmastersseries.tv/page/AtpLogin/Live2

Kudz
08-13-2006, 04:45 PM
Yay! Bob and mike have taken the first set.

I'm loving the fact I can actually watch this match online! Thanks for the link Deb!

snaillyyy
08-13-2006, 04:53 PM
Nice start guys :D

snaillyyy
08-13-2006, 05:35 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo: 63 75. Another title!!! 18 consective matches! They are on a roll :D:D:D:D:D

Mashik
08-13-2006, 05:40 PM
http://casa-latina.ru/s/s/icon_yahoo.gifhttp://casa-latina.ru/s/s/icon_yahoo.gif
Simply the best! http://sm.smilik.ru/1115606517.gif http://sm.smilik.ru/1115606517.gif
:worship: :worship:

Is it possible to have this match? :D Deb??? :angel:

Deboogle!.
08-13-2006, 05:43 PM
:woohoo:!!!!!!! unfortunately I had to do my errands right at the same time as the match :( But TTC is airing it later :D

snaillyyy
08-13-2006, 05:45 PM
OMG :haha: Mike gave most of the acceptance speech, then Bob just thanked everyone. The commentators response "we know who wears the skirt"

cobalt60
08-13-2006, 05:57 PM
:banana: :banana:

Kudz
08-13-2006, 06:06 PM
OMG :haha: Mike gave most of the acceptance speech, then Bob just thanked everyone. The commentators response "we know who wears the skirt"
I missed the last few games of the match along with the speeches etc. If anyone has the clips they could upload I would greatly appreciate it.

ataptc
08-13-2006, 06:43 PM
congrats to them yet again :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: :D

Deboogle!.
08-13-2006, 06:56 PM
:D

Mashik
08-13-2006, 07:02 PM
I like this one the most, but it's with watermark :(

ataptc
08-13-2006, 07:08 PM
I like this one the most, but it's with watermark :(
I agree. They look so adorable that I just want to hug them :lol:

Deboogle!.
08-13-2006, 07:09 PM
from the ATP Site :D
============
Bryan Brothers Win Third US Open Series Title In Toronto
© Getty Images

Top seeds Bob and Mike Bryan picked up their third US Open Series title and first ATP Masters Series shield by defeating third seeds Paul Hanley and Kevin Ullyett 6-3, 7-5 in the final of the Rogers Masters in Toronto.

The Bryans pick up their fourth consecutive title and are riding an 18-match win streak, which dates back to their Wimbledon victory. The Bryans have advanced to the final in each of their US Open Series events (Los Angeles, Washington, Toronto) capturing the crown at each event.

The Bryans were facing Hanley and Ullyett for the title for the second consecutive week after squaring off in the Washington final last week. The Bryans have faced Hanley and Ullyett four times this season and have a 3-1 record. Hanley and Ullyett were the last team to defeat the Bryans, defeating them in the semifinals at Queens in June.

Hanley and Ullyett have a 40-12 season record and were looking for their second AMS shield this season after winning in Hamburg in May. The pair has captured two hard court titles this season in Rotterdam and Dubai.

Ullyett picked up the 2005 AMS Canada title last year (w/ Black) and was looking for his second consecutive Rogers Masters title.

What The Players Said:

Bob Bryan: "You've got to play really solid and tight against a team like that. Right now they're the second hottest team. They could be the first hottest team if we don't win the 3-all point today. The breaks are going our way. We're actually playing really clutch on the big ones right now. That has to do with our confidence."

Mike Bryan: This is the best streak of our career. 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."

Mashik
08-13-2006, 07:16 PM
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.
:yeah:
Now is seems like they can win any tournament they take a part in ;) :p

Deboogle!.
08-13-2006, 07:48 PM
More pics :D too bad they're small :(

Mashik
08-13-2006, 08:06 PM
Thank you, Deb! :hug:
The size isn't important at all when I can't find any pics with trophy at all :(

Kudz
08-13-2006, 08:08 PM
Thanks for the pictures everyone!

tangerine_dream
08-13-2006, 09:54 PM
Amazing. :eek: Most impressive, Bryan boys :worship:

OMG :haha: Mike gave most of the acceptance speech, then Bob just thanked everyone. The commentators response "we know who wears the skirt"
:spit: :haha:

Caren
08-14-2006, 04:47 PM
It sucks we don't get these finals. Keep it up boys :)

Deboogle!.
08-18-2006, 05:03 AM
They beat Arthurs/Hrbaty 6-4 6-4 in their first Cincy match, Aspelin/Perry tomorrow :D

ataptc
08-18-2006, 05:09 AM
:D They're on a roll! What can I say, keep rollin' on ? :p

Deboogle!.
08-18-2006, 07:42 PM
6-0 6-3 over Aspelin/Perry to make it 20 in a row :rocker2: :rocker2: :rocker2:

ataptc
08-19-2006, 01:05 AM
:banana:

cobalt60
08-19-2006, 03:23 AM
Wow what a browbeating they gave. A bagel. Ouch. Good match to all!

Mashik
08-19-2006, 12:45 PM
:bounce: :bounce:

But can anybody explane me why they are playing with their names on the back of the sirts??? :confused:
Now the comments are not funny at all, when all commentators can tell them apart :lol:

Golfnduck
08-19-2006, 08:34 PM
Twins just beat Erlich/Ram 7-6 (4) 6-3

Kudz
08-19-2006, 09:09 PM
:bigclap: :bigclap:

Deboogle!.
08-20-2006, 03:21 AM
:woohoo: :woohoo:

Mashik
08-20-2006, 11:06 AM
No 1 and No 2 in the final again after the RG final... :bounce:
Now it's twins' turn to win, I guess :D

Deboogle!.
08-20-2006, 09:06 PM
They lost :sad:

6-3 3-6 7-10 :sad:

streak comes to an end :(

Mashik
08-20-2006, 09:11 PM
:sad:
OK, they can't win everything, though we want it... :bigcry:
Anyway, great weeks after Wimbledon for them! :D
I hope for USOpen title ;)

But they lost the 3d final to Max/Jonas! :scratch: :( So please, NO Max/Jonas in the USO final :angel:

Kudz
08-20-2006, 09:12 PM
I hate tiebreaks!

ataptc
08-20-2006, 09:13 PM
I was watching it on the live feed :( But still, it was a good run :yeah:

Mashik
08-20-2006, 09:17 PM
I hate tiebreaks!
Second for it!
I HATE Super Tiebreaks! :mad:

tracytracy
08-21-2006, 01:11 PM
:bigcry:

cath777
08-30-2006, 02:20 AM
Bob and Mike are due to play against each other in the first round of the mixed doubles :eek:

Deboogle!.
08-30-2006, 03:20 AM
OMFG :eek:

Mashik
08-30-2006, 11:57 AM
:eek: :sobbing:

ataptc
08-30-2006, 05:18 PM
WTF?! That sucks :sobbing:

Deboogle!.
08-30-2006, 06:00 PM
Yes it really does :bigcry: I am surprised Mike and Corina aren't seeded, but Corina's ranking probably isn't high enough I guess :(

Caren
08-30-2006, 06:00 PM
Holy moly, wat are the chances of that...that seriously sucks...like big time sucks

Kudz
08-30-2006, 07:30 PM
Bob and Mike are due to play against each other in the first round of the mixed doubles :eek:
Eeekkk! That does suck!

ataptc
08-30-2006, 08:47 PM
may the best mixed pair win, I guess :sobbing: :sobbing:

Deboogle!.
09-01-2006, 03:15 AM
6-1 6-2 as a team in their first match :rocker:

Kudz
09-01-2006, 10:41 AM
6-1 6-2 as a team in their first match :rocker:
Woo Hoo!

Mashik
09-01-2006, 10:55 AM
:woohoo: for the team win!

And mixed doubles match is today :sad:
I guess Bob and Martina will win, but we'll see ;)

ataptc
09-01-2006, 05:39 PM
:banana:

still sad at the mixed doubles draw though!

Mashik
09-01-2006, 11:55 PM
Bob :yeah:
Mike :sad:

Now I hope Bob and Martina will play in the final and win it :angel:

Deboogle!.
09-02-2006, 04:59 AM
It's so weird :sobbing:
==================
Navratilova, Bob Bryan Move Past Morariu, Mike Bryan
by Lisa Zimmerman, usopen.org
Friday, September 1, 2006

First-round mixed doubles matches don't normally attract a packed house. However, today's match between Bob Bryan-Martina Navratilova and Mike Bryan-Corina Morariu was no ordinary first-round match. At some junctures it looked more like a celebrity exhibition, except that the level of tennis was extraordinary. But that's what you get when it's brother against brother with a tennis legend thrown in for good measure.

Mike and Bob Bryan own the Men's Doubles titles from US Open, Wimbledon, the Australian Open and were runners up at the French Open. Bob is already a three-time US Open Champion, pairing with three different partners. One of those wins occurred against Mike in 2002, playing with Lisa Raymond (Mike was partnered with Kara Srebotnik).

Twenty-eight-year-old Corina Morariu, playing with Mike, held her own against the powerful Bob/Navratilova duo, and in fact, took the first set in a tie-break.

The four played an animated, fast-paced and high-spirited match that had the late afternoon crowd in Louis Armstrong Stadium alternately laughing, cheering, oohing and ahhing. All four know how to entertain and at one point, Mike even solicted fans for their opinion on a call.

The players were loose with smiles on their faces, clearly enjoying every point. A variety of games -- and antics -- later, Navratilova and Bob went up a break and held on to take the second set, sending the match into a 10-point tie-break, firing the crowd up further.

Ultimately, it was Navratilova and Bob who took the tiebreak and the match, 6-7, 6-4, 10-4. They will move on to round two where they will Tiantian Sun and Julian Knowle. Crowds will certainly continue to flock as they watch the legend, Navratilova in the final tournament of her career.

Björki
09-02-2006, 09:46 AM
:lol:
http://www.atptennis.com/5/photos/gallery/2006/usopen2/bryans_fri.jpg

Kudz
09-02-2006, 10:05 AM
Thanks for the pics!

ataptc
09-03-2006, 01:34 AM
I was glad for the rain delay on Friday night cos broadcasters decided to show the mixed doubles match! It was truly entertaining :yeah:

Deboogle!.
09-03-2006, 01:35 AM
lucky bums :(

ataptc
09-04-2006, 06:30 AM
awww I'm sorry I don't have the means to put it up online like you do :(

Deboogle!.
09-04-2006, 02:47 PM
aw that's ok! :hug:

They showed a few points here and there from their match last night, and they won quite easily :D

cobalt60
09-04-2006, 11:56 PM
Ok guys you are my great white hopes in New York for doubles now.

ataptc
09-07-2006, 05:44 AM
they lost to Friedl/Youzhny 6-4 in the third. No 8th straight grand slam final :( :( :( Youzhny's really playing well.

Deboogle!.
09-10-2006, 04:34 AM
Bob and Martina won the mixed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tennisforumname
09-10-2006, 04:37 AM
haha, you beat me to it already. :) but yeah, congrats to bob and martina- they looked so happy :). bob was playing amazing tonight!

Björki
09-10-2006, 09:35 AM
congrats Bob & Martina :bigclap:

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20060910/capt.xnyf31709100410.us_open_tennis_xnyf317.jpg

Kudz
09-10-2006, 10:31 AM
Congrats to Bob and Martina.

snaillyyy
09-10-2006, 03:30 PM
awwww so happy for them, and that is a cute picture :D:D:D

Also I liked this line from an article I just read.....:cool:

Bryan and Navratilova won $150,000 for this final victory. When they were presented the ceremonial check, Bryan handed it to Navratilova.

"All yours," he said.