By Ryan Wolfington
World No. 1 doubles pairing Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan equalled Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde's Open Era record of 11 Grand Slam titles on Saturday as they won their second Wimbledon crown.
After surviving two nail-biting five-set matches to reach the final, the Bryans enjoyed a much more straightforward victory in the championship match as they dismissed 2010 runners-up Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Romanian Horia Tecau 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(2) on Centre Court.
"This is as special as it gets," said Mike Bryan. "I always thought we'd play our best at Wimbledon, and we've lost three heartbreaking finals. To get on that board again, and now to have two Wimbledon titles, is really special. And then to equal the Woodies, a team that we idolized, the greatest team in our mind, is unbelievable. We'd love to try to get to 12 and do that at the US Open."
Bob Bryan added, "It's an honor. We just got to let it seep in a little bit. Every slam we give a hundred per cent. We're happy with what we've done. We're not content or satisfied. But we have smiles on our faces when we walk by our trophy case in the morning. How this career has gone has been a storybook for us. And we won this one for our Grandpa Bryan who had suregery last Wednesday in Santa Maria and we're glad he's doing well and that this win made him so happy."
The Americans were contesting their fifth final at the All England Club. They won the trophy for the first time in 2006, but had fallen at the final hurdle in 2005, 2007, and 2009.
It was the second major title of the season for the Bryans, who also triumphed at the Australian Open in January. They have won six titles this season, including victory at Queens in the lead-up to Wimbledon, and lead the way in the doubles race and rankings by 6,000 points.
The top seeds came through a tense semi-final on Friday at The Championships, prevailing 9-7 in the fifth set against Frenchman Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia, and they had hots starts to both the first and second sets on Saturday, breaking Tecau both times. Untouchable on their own serves throughout the match, indeed they did not face a single break point, and served 70% first serves with 6 aces. They won 80% of their first serve points and 71% on their second deliveries.
"It was an early break in the first two sets, so we got off out of the blocks pretty quick," reflected Mike Bryan. "We're a good front running team, so that gives us a lot of confidence. From yesterday we didn't have a lot in our legs. We knew we had to finish it off in three or four. It was a big serving match. Came down to the breaker in the third. We played a good breaker."
Bob Bryan added, "We got the early break, and sometimes that's all it takes on grass. We played a five setter yesterday. We didn't have a chance to think about it or get nervous about it. We came out there in rhythm from yesterday's match, which helped us."
In exactly one hour the California twin brothers had a two-set lead and, unlike in the semi-finals, they did not let it slip. They were unable to get a break in the third set, but dominated the deciding tie-break with telling returns and strong serving, sealing victory on their first match point after one hour and 43 minutes.
Victory marked the 73rd team title for the 33-year-old Bryans, who surpassed the Open Era record previously held by the Woodies when they won their 62nd trophy in Los Angeles last year. July 2, 2011, by ATP Staff and excerpted from atpworldtour.com
*** Following a dinner celebration with 20 of their close friends and family including their gracious London host, Peter Segal, and Bob's wife, Michelle, and Mike's girlfriend, Lucie, and their agent John Tobias, their Uncle Carl and Aunt Shelley and Aunt Hortensia from California, the Bros. boarded an all night flight to fly back across the Atlantic to get them to Austin to be ready for workouts on Sunday.
*** Mike 'n Bob are fired up to join their Davis Cup teammates, Mardy Fish and Andy Roddick, and Captain and Hall of Famer, Jim Courier. And they take on a tough Spanish squad in the Davis Cup Quarters.
*** The Bros. are glad to see that Captain Courier gave a strong nod to college tennis and named Stevie Johnson, the NCAA Team and Singles Champ from USC, and Bradley Klahn, the #1 player and former NCAA Doubles Champ from Stanford, to the team as hitting partners. The Bros. had enjoyed working out with Stevie and Brad before LA last July.
*** The Bryan Bros. Foundation is sending 11 North Forest High School players and their coaches to the Davis Cup. They will get tickets to the matches, a 3 day stay at a nice Hotel and money for food. The school district is supplying the bus transportation to and from Austin. These youngsters from Houston are very deserving of this opportunity and Mike and Bob's have adopted this team and supported them in many ways over the past several years and the team, in turn, has been very supportive of the Bros. The North Forest Coach, Loretta Hrncir has a heart of gold and won the Texas High School Coach of the year award and has worked so diligently with these disavantaged and under funded youngsters through the years. She is leading the trip and is retiring.
*** Getting their Wimbledon Doubles Championship Plates in the Royal Box, Mike 'n Bob were greeted by their long time friend and supporter and legend, Billie Jean King, USTA President Jon Vegosen, and former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, who is a doubles fan and, of course, the Bros. are proud that she is a Prof at Stanford now.
*** Mike and Bob appreciate everyone's support for Grandpa Bryan after his surgery in Santa Maria and they report he is doing well and is pumped about their win on Saturday. They hope he is able to come to their WTT Match at Sacramento on Tuesday, July 12.
*** Following the Davis Cup, the Bros. will play 6 matches as Marquee Players for Kansas City for a week. Most of their matches sell out and fans that want to see them should get their tickets pronto. The WTT WEB Site is: http://www.wtt.com/
*** Bryan Bros. WTT Schedule:
July 12, Sacramento, World Team Tennis Match for Kansas City.
July 13, Newport Beach, World Team Tennis Match for Kansas City.
July 14, Kansas City, World Team Tennis Match for Kansas City.
July 16, Kansas City, World Team Tennis Match for Kansas City.
July 18, New York, World Team Tennis Match for Kansas City.
July 19, Philadelphia, World Team Tennis Match for Kansas City.
*** Bryan Bros. Summer ATP Schedule:
August 1-7, Washington DC ATP Tournament, the Legg Mason.
August 8-14, Montreal ATP Tournament.
August 15-21, Cincy ATP Tournament.
Aug. 29-S. 11, New York, US Open.
*** Bryan Bros. Fall Charity Events - - - Exo by the Bryan Bros. and Bryan Bros. Band Performances:
Sept. 23-25, Harbor Point, Esurance Tennis Classic; Rosie Casals, Robert Kaliski. And honoring their Stanford Coach Dick Gould
October 22, Malibu Racquet Club Bryan Bros. Foundation Event; Trey Waltke, John McCampbell.
October 23, Spanish Hills Country Club Bryan Bros. Foundation Event; Dave McKinney.
*** Coach Bryan's Sacramento Caps Home Schedule - - -
Friday, July 8 vs. New York. Martina Hingis plays for NY.
Saturday, July 9 vs. Washington DC. Serena Williams plays for NY.
Sunday, July 10 vs. Newport Beach.
Tuesday, July 12 vs. Kansas City. Mike 'n Bob Bryan play for KC.
Friday, July 15 vs. Newport Beach. Mardy Fish plays for Sacramento.
Wednesday, July 20 vs. Boston.
Thursday, July 21 vs. Springfield.
*** For Caps Ticket Info: (916) 488-5000 WEB Site: http://www.saccaps.com
*** Playing for the Caps this season will be Mark Knowles, Dusan Vemic, Vania King, and Yasmine Schnack.
*** Coach Bryan will be working out new Sacramento Caps team member Yasmin Schnack, the former #1 singles and doubles player at UCLA at the Ojai Valley Racquet Club and using some of Mark Weil's Academy players and pros on Monday, July 4th at noon. Local tennis fans are invited to come out and watch the workout. The team jets off to St. Louis at the crack of dawn on Tuesday and their first match is Wednesday Night.
An Apolgy from Coach Bryan:
Thanks to everyone for their overwhelmingly kind and congratulatory e mails and calls after Mike 'n Bob won Wimbledon yesterday. I have read and heard them all and am so touched and appreciative.
But I must apologize to everyone that I will just not have the time to be able to write back and call back each one of you to thank you. I feel very bad about that and I always do my utmost to write back and thank you, but it will be impossible this time because I will be on the road for most of the rest of the Summer coaching the Caps of World Team Tennis and emceeing Summer ATP and WTA Events in Los Angeles for Bobby Kramer, Washington DC for Jeff Newman and Donald Dell, and New Haven for Anne Worcester, before going on to NY for the US Open. I can only hope that our paths cross soon so I can thank you in person. Again, we are so very thankful and appreciative of your positive and steadfast support.
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