they pulled out b/c of mike's elbow
Erlich/Ram Replace Bryans in Tennis Masters Cup Field
Shanghai, China – Israelis Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram were elevated from their alternate status to a playing berth at the prestigious Tennis Masters Cup-to be held at Shanghai's Qi Zhong Stadium from November 11-18-after an elbow injury has prevented the No. 1 duo of Bob and Mike Bryan from making the trip to Shanghai for the third consecutive year.
"I am extremely disappointed that I won't be able to compete in the Tennis Masters Cup this year," said Mike Bryan. "Unfortunately I have had a problem with my elbow for the past couple of weeks and it hasn't recovered in time to be ready for the tournament.
"Bob and I were really looking forward to coming to Shanghai to play in front of all our fans, who are some of the most enthusiastic in the world. We hope to back next year."
The 29-year-old American twins, who clinched the year-end No. 1 Stanford ATP Doubles Ranking in September, were looking to capture their third Tennis Masters Cup title after winning back-to-back crowns in 2003 and 2004 in Houston. They clinched their career-best 11th title of the season on Sunday at the BNP Paribas Masters.