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Old 04-10-2007, 01:24 AM   #76
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Actually!! That's allegedly Bob later, cheering for James. (at least that's what the caption said )

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Old 04-10-2007, 01:31 AM   #77
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It's ok Jo, I can never tell the difference between them either.

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That's definitely Bob! He has a rounder chin than Mike
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Do you have the doubles match? I really want to see Enja with her banner. She said Andy and Mike were laughing looking at that banner during Bob's match
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Bob and Mike Bryan were made for Davis Cup, and vice versa.

Gregarious, relentlessly upbeat, professional yet passionate, the telepathic twins bound around the court as if they had springs built into their shoes and celebrate victories by executing a flying chest bump. So it's admirable, but not entirely surprising, that the world's No. 1 doubles team is well on its way to becoming the most successful U.S. tandem ever in Davis Cup's boisterous, high-energy atmosphere.

"We haven't really played a bad match in Davis Cup," Bob Bryan said last week. "It's fun to practice for seven days for one match. You can really leave it all out there. You can wake up sore, stiff, it doesn't matter."

Mike: "You die. You die."

Bob: "And you've got three months before the next one."

One of three teams in the Open era to win a career Grand Slam, the Bryans have amassed 36 ATP titles for the trophy case they share in their Tampa-area home, the most recent last week at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Fla.

But it was Davis Cup that "really kind of put us on the map," Mike said. The championship the U.S. team has been chasing since 1995 is also one of the Bryans' few unconquered summits, along with an Olympic medal, and they want it badly.

Doubles gets its own dedicated day in the middle of Davis Cup weekend and often tips the balance. Saturday afternoon, the Bryans will play a Spanish team -- most likely Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez -- before 14,500 at sold-out Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The Bryans, 10-1 in Davis Cup play since their debut in 2003, are closing in on the previous U.S. doubles standard set by Peter Fleming and John McEnroe, who were 14-1 from 1979-84. Six of the Bryans' wins have come with the U.S. team tied 1-1 after splitting singles matches on Friday; the U.S. has gone on to win each of those meetings.

"People just sort of assume we're going to win the doubles point," U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe said recently. "The nice thing is that [the Bryans] don't assume it.

"They're not at all afraid of the pressure that's on them. They seem to relish it. They love the responsibility. A lot of tennis players sort of try to downplay the pressure of a match, that it's like any other match. They play it up. And then they go out and play well, every time."

The Bryans "never get up in a bad mood," said their regular coach, Australian David MacPherson. They have a lethal lefty (Bob)/righty (Mike) combination punch, an image wholesome enough to attract sponsorship from a giant mortgage company (Countrywide Financial), and a regimented, no-fuss approach to practice.

They've done the same concentrated drills since they were kids, and exploit their mystical sense of how to share space. As the twins' friend and WTA veteran Corina Morariu said recently, "If you'd been playing doubles together since you were born, Bob and Mike would still have nine months on you."

Their parents forbid them to compete against each other as juniors, a ban they regard as wise.

"I always thought I was better, he always thought he was better, we kept pushing each other," Bob said. "No one could say anything because there wasn't any actual result. You don't want twins to play against each other until they're really developed and mature enough to take losses."

The twins have never faced one another in singles on the ATP level. Mike won two of their three meetings on the Challenger circuit, but Bob owns the better career-high ranking, No. 116 in 2000.

In Davis Cup play, the Bryans usually face a cut-and-paste pair -- skilled individuals who are untried as a unit -- rather than a true doubles duo. The brothers' game is so imposing that some countries have thrown in the towel and thrown two lesser players to the lions, virtually conceding the doubles match. That doesn't take the fizz out of the bubbly when it's over, the brothers said.

The twins, who will turn 29 later this month, have had their sights trained on Davis Cup ever since they saw their first one at age 11 in Carlsbad, Calif., but destiny was deferred a little longer than they would have liked.

They led Stanford University to NCAA championships in 1997 and 1998 and elected to concentrate on doubles soon after they turned pro, winning their first ATP event in 2001.

But McEnroe waited until September 2003, the year the twins captured their first Masters Series and Grand Slam titles, to tap them for an away tie against the Slovak Republic. The announcement was made the same week the Bryans achieved their first world No. 1 ranking.

Having a strong, inseparable Davis Cup doubles team is a luxury in one way and a strategic risk in another, because a doubles specialist would have to step in if a singles player were injured on the first day. McEnroe admitted he was conservative. "It took me a while to build that trust," he said.

In the interim, the twins were frustrated. "It was a lot of pressure there for a couple years," Bob Bryan said. "Every time you miss a return you're like, 'He's watching that, he's not gonna pick us now.' Then he picked us and then we were like, 'OK we have to win, it's our last shot.'"

It wasn't an easy initiation. The U.S. team had fallen to Croatia in the first round earlier that year, putting McEnroe and crew in danger of dropping out of the world's top 16 for the first time since 1988.

The captain allayed the Bryans' anxiety with a phone call the night before. "He said, 'Win or lose tomorrow, I'm picking you guys, you guys are gonna be our boys in the future,'" Mike recalled. "It freed us up to go out there and just go for it."

They did, although Mike was so jacked up that he cramped on match point. They've learned to pace themselves, but their intensity level is still high. McEnroe vividly remembers keeping the Bryans company in the locker room at the Delray Beach (Fla.) Tennis Center before their 2004 quarterfinal match against Sweden.

"We must have sat there for half an hour in total silence," McEnroe said. "Then they both got up at the same exact moment, and said, together, 'Let's go put this away,' or something like that. And they did."

The Bryans say the two-way loyalty between them and McEnroe is cemented now. "It's really helped us, knowing that he has confidence in us," Mike said. "Since we played our first Davis Cup tie, we've gone on a little roll. We've been No. 1 three out of the last four years." Solidarity with the rest of the team is a given; the Bryans count Roddick and James Blake among their best friends.

The Bryans are seldom idle. Their short offseason is filled with charity work and frequent appearances in their alter ego roles as The Bryan Brothers Band, rock musicians. They say they intend to play tennis for at least several more years.

"We know it's a lucky lifestyle to be able to travel with your brother and share these moments, these victories, losses, whatever they are," Mike said. "There's nothing else I'd rather be doing."
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It's less than 24 hours before Bob and Mike Bryan are due to take off for the Davis Cup semifinal against Sweden this weekend, but the world's top doubles duo are on another mission: crisscrossing the state of Florida to catch their second Dave Matthews Band concert in two days.

Shortly after wrapping up another drenching workout to prepare for the matches in the port city of Gothenburg, the Bryans are road tripping from their home near Tampa to West Palm Beach to see Matthews perform.

"We're going to see them four times in two weeks," boasts Bob, who, along with Mike and Davis Cup teammate Andy Roddick, have forged a mutual-affection friendship with the group's tennis-nut violinist, Boyd Tinsley.

Backstage access?

"We could pretty much walk out there and play the instruments if we wanted to," Bob says.

Few at the top of their profession manage to dovetail business and pleasure so seamlessly. And tennis players, much less doubles players, rarely are accorded that kind of entrée.

But by virtue of their winning ways and infectious personalities, the Bryans have become not only the go-to point for the U.S. Davis Cup team but important torchbearers for the sport, on and off the court. In typical Bryan carpe diem fashion, the inseparable twins are having a blast along the way and, of course, doing it together.

"It's a lot more fun to have someone to do it with — someone to play Scrabble with at night, joke with, battle with," explains Mike, who has spent most of his 29 years sharing space with Bob in one form or another, whether it be on the tennis court, as roommates at Stanford or hanging out in the three homes they own together today. "I think we're going to play as long as possible. It's a good gig, and we love it."

Just a few trophies missing


Since breaking onto the ATP Tour in 1998, the towering twosome from Camarillo, Calif., have developed into the best pair of genetically linked partners in doubles history. They have 41 career titles, long ago smashing Tim and Tom Gullikson's record of 10 ATP Tour victories, and are one of only three teams to have completed a career Grand Slam in the post-1968 Open era.

In 2007, the Bryans have enjoyed their most productive season, despite winning only one major at the Australian Open. The five-time Grand Slam champs have amassed a career-high eight titles and reached the final in 12 of 18 tournaments, compiling a 63-9 overall record. Following their quarterfinal finish at the U.S. Open, they sewed up the year-end No. 1 ranking for the fourth time in the last five years — with nearly three months of the season left.

The only other pair to finish No. 1 three consecutive seasons were Australians Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, who did so from 1995-97. The Woodies also hold Open era records for year-end No. 1 finishes (five) and titles (61). The Bryans are quickly closing in on their marks.

The only things missing from the trophy case they share are an Olympic medal and a Davis Cup title.

"Every Grand Slam's taken care of, and No. 1's taken care of," says righty Mike, who was born 2 minutes earlier than southpaw, Bob. "That's probably the last feather in the cap. All the great players have won Davis Cups. That would probably cement a great career, and we know that, and that's why we go hard every time we play, we put everything we have into that match."

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It's no surprise that they have been outstanding in the nation-vs.-nation competition. The team format and wildly partisan crowds are the perfect fit for this energetic, upbeat duo that thrive when the stakes, and the volume, are highest.

"We usually play our best tennis because we like to play with a lot of energy," says Mike, "and we play our best tennis in Davis Cup because we jump around, we come out hot."

Since their Davis Cup debut in 2003, the Bryans have dropped one match in 12 ties, which puts them on pace to equal or better the modern doubles standard set by John McEnroe and Peter Fleming, who went 14-1 from 1979-84. Six of the Bryans' wins came with the USA tied 1-1 after the first day of singles matches, and in each one of those cases the Americans went on to win.

"They have been the rock for us," says U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe, who hopes the Bryans and singles players Roddick and James Blake can snap the USA's 12-year title drought, its longest since the Davis Cup was founded in 1900.

In the best-of-five Davis Cup format, doubles gets its own dedicated day — the middle Saturday — and counts for 20% of the final result. But often it is the fulcrum on which Davis Cup success hinges.

Consider also that since the World Group format was introduced in 1981, only two of 26 teams have managed to clinch the final after losing the doubles point: France, which defeated Russia in 2002; and Spain, which beat the USA in 2004 when the Bryans nabbed the sole U.S. point in Seville on clay.

Whereas many countries must cobble together makeshift teams, the USA can rely on a formidable twosome that can win on any surface, even clay, which has been America's Achilles' heel.

"We can almost always count on them getting one on the board in Davis Cup," says No. 1 singles player Roddick. "They're the best team in the world without question, and that's nice to have on your side."

Efforts aren't limited to on-court skills


It's not just their on-court prowess, however, that has transformed the Bryans into the face of doubles.

Their high-fives, barks of encouragement and midair torso collisions — so-called "Bryan Bumps" — have made them hugely popular around the world. If doubles has currency on the public's consciousness, they deserve a big share of the credit.

"What's not to like about those guys?" Mary Cariilo, the TV commentator, has said. "They act like they're at their own 8th birthday party."

Rarely idle with their toe-hopping, chest-clanging on-court personas, the Bryans, who have each won more than $4 million in prize money, lead an equally hectic off-court existence.

They do tons of charity work, showing up at events such as Andre Agassi's annual gala in Las Vegas and brushing up against the likes of Elton John and Carlos Santana. In the short offseason, they barnstorm around the country playing exhibitions.

The Bryan Brothers Band — Mike on drums, Bob on keyboard and father, Wayne, playing lead guitar — is a frequent performer at charity gigs and tour stops. They have appeared on talk shows, show up at ESPY and MTV awards ceremonies and this year were featured in People Magazine's annual "Sexiest Bachelor" issue.

Bob dated Joanna Garcia from the WB show Reba for about 11/2 years in 2005-2006 and the Bryans are regulars at movie premiers in Los Angeles, not far from their $2 million, six-bedroom home complete with sand volleyball court and built-in music studio where they can hone their skills.

"We're trying to spread (doubles)" says Bob, who like Mike, is among the sport's most media-friendly ambassadors. "I think definitely, us winning Grand Slams has helped doubles. Now we have a little bit of a voice."

Their peers agree. "They do a great job of promoting doubles," says Swedish veteran and nine-time Grand Slam doubles winner Jonas Bjorkman, who will team with either 2007 U.S. Open doubles champ Simon Aspelin or Thomas Johansson for this weekend's Davis Cup contest.

Tennis fans, who often play more doubles than singles, are equally enthusiastic.

For instance, on a sizzling Monday afternoon last March at the Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells, Calif., a long line of people laced around an outside court to catch a glimpse of the Bryans' first round match. The desert heat — it was at least 95 degrees — and already packed stands proved no deterrent.

"I arrived five hours earlier to make sure I got a seat," said Patti Irish, a 50-something year-old fan from Wenatchee, Wash.

Record books are within twins' sights


The Bryans grew up in sun-baked Southern California, the offspring of tennis nuts Wayne and Kathy Bryan. The twins inherited their animated nature directly from their equally kinetic father, a former teaching pro. Kathy was a highly ranked player in the USA and reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals in doubles. So avid a player is she that well into her pregnancy she continued to hit the courts. Wayne has often quipped that his boys were practicing before they were born.

In reality, the boys picked up rackets at age 6, pestering their father to play while he taught lessons. Soon they were dominating the junior circuit, success that bled into college, where Mike and Bob helped Stanford to several NCAA titles.

Even today, they seem fused, sharing nearly everything from homes to e-mail accounts to hotel rooms to the top ranking, which they have held for most of the last three years.
Girlfriends? Those are different. Bob has been dating a woman from Southern California the past few months, and Mike has a serious girlfriend, Jennifer Manna, he's dated for about three years.

"It's crunchtime," Bob says with a sly grin at his brother.

At 6-4 (Bob) and 6-3 (Mike), the net-hugging Americans are an imposing presence at the net. Their quick hands, size and athleticism allow them to take over matches from most opponents. But a key to their hegemony has been hard work, which has shored up Mike's serve and Bob's return.

That, along with a kind of tennis telepathy that comes from playing together since they were tots (they own more than 100 junior doubles titles), has put them on a collision course with the record books.

"As they've gotten better they've learned the game of doubles to cover the right spots, to enhance their talent," says four-time Grand Slam doubles champ Leander Paes of India.

That education will come in handy if they intend to fill the one gaping hole in their résumé on the lightning fast, indoor carpet chosen by Sweden for the Friday-Sunday tie at Gothenburg's Scandinavium arena. Should the Bryans & Co. prevail, as on paper they should, the Americans will play the winner of the other semifinal between Russia and Germany.

Either way, they'll find a way to mix work and fun, and have a good time doing it.

"They enjoy the pressure of it," McEnroe says. "They enjoy sort of putting that pressure on themselves. I mean, they just come out and they are just so focused and play so well, and obviously take a lot of pressure off of our singles guys in that they know come Saturday, we've got their best possible team we can have out there."
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Come on guys. Don't screw this up PLEASE!!!

With Blake on this kind of form, this will be the most important rubber they've ever played. And with two good doubles players on the other side this will test whether they can rise to the occasion.
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Old 09-22-2007, 03:15 AM   #89
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yeah, seriously.
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7-6(11) 6-2 6-3 These guys are amazing.
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