Bryans Capture 60th Doubles CrownCourtesy of Wayne Bryan
Rome, Italy - Reigning ATP World Tour Champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan moved to within one tour-level title of matching Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde’s Open Era record haul of 61 trophies after regaining the Italian Opencrown Sunday in Rome.
In an all-American final at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 clay-court tournament, the Bryans defeated their pals and Davis cup teammates John Isner and Sam Querrey 6-2, 6-3 in just 49 minutes to capture their fourth tour-level title of the season.
“It’s getting pretty close now (to the Open Era record)," said Mike Bryan. "Already four titles this year, so the next one’s going to be the big one. It’s going to be a big final, a lot of nerves. We’re hoping to tie it before we get out of Europe. We don’t want to get the monkey on our back and have to be thinking about it, so we want to do it as quick as possible.
“It’s huge for us to be considered a great team like the Woodies. We’re hoping to do it. ProbablyWimbledon would be the best place to do it in because that’s on TV live back in the States, Centre Court match, that would be exciting."
In the first all-American final in Rome in the Open Era, the Bryans swiftly secured the opening set with two service breaks in the fourth and eighth games. They then closed out victory in the second set with a break of serve in the eighth game before Mike Bryan served out to 15.
The Bryans were contesting the final at the Foro Italico for the fifth time. They finished runner-up in 2005, 2007 and 2009 and captured the title in 2008 (d. Nestor-Zimonjic).
The Bryans, who celebrated their 32nd birthday on Thursday, have a perfect 4-0 record in tour-level finals this season after triumphing at the Australian Open in January, Delray Beach in February and Houston on clay last month. They improved to a 14-12 record in Masters 1000 finals.
“John and Sam are great guys. Two of our best friends on tour," complimented Mike Bryan. "We were joking that they’re going after our Davis Cup spot. They’re the future of American tennis. They’re going to have bright futures. With their weapons they can do singles and doubles. They want to go to London and make the Masters (Barclays ATP World Tour Finals) in doubles and I think they’re going to do it.” Excerpted from ATP Staff reports.
*** Other wins for the Bros. at the Italian Open included: Frantisek Cermak (Czech Republic)-Michal Mertinak (Slovakia), 6-4, 6-1; Nicolas Almagro-Marcel Granollers (Spain), 6-3, 3-6, 10-6; Lukasz Kubot (Poland)-Oliver Marach (Austria), 6-1, 6-2; and John Isner-Sam Querrey (USA), 6-2, 6-3.
*** Mike 'n Bob won their semis and finals both in 49 minutes, losing a total of just 8 games in their last two matches.
*** The twins, in a funny way, would like to say thanks to the Italian Triumvirate of Jimmy Gucciardo, Tomas Bruno, and Gary Cuoco. When Mike and Bob were just little guys, these three always talked about the Italian Open being the greatest of all titles - - - and told the youngsters that it was even bigger than Wimbledon or the US Open or the Davis Cup. They motivated and inspired the Bros. to always play this event and try to win it - - - and now they have been in five finals there in Rome, winning it twice. On their Mom Kathy's due date when she was pregnant, she and Wayneplayed and beat Gucciardo and Bruno in a close match on the center court at Cabrillo, while Brunokept telling Gucciardo to drop shot and lob Kathy . . .
*** The Bros. are off this week and then will play Madrid and the Dusseldorf World Team Cup,before playing the French Open in Paris. For the World Team Cup the Bryans will play with Isnerand Querrey.
*** Thanks to the great Tennis Channel for televising the final and we have received so many e mails from friends and fans who enjoyed watching the match.
*** Two weeks ago, Coach Bryan spoke to juniors, parents and coaches at the Easter Bowl in Palm Springs. He appeared for Prince and he was assisted warmly by Max Brownlee and Peg Connor. He also did some music there with his pal and drummer, Jimmy Wolff.
*** Coach Bryan spoke at the astoudingly classy and beautiful Hillcrest Country Club last Tuesday Night. Nick Getz does a fabulous job there and he could not have been kinder or more hospitable. He played at San Diego Stateand is the son of jazz legend Stan.
*** For the past four days Coach B has emceed and done clinics at the Champions Series Event inBoston with the likes of Jim Courier, Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, and Matt Wilander. It was a fantastic and exciting week thanks to Jon Venison and his winning staff. While there, Coach Bryan also worked with the Harvard Women's Team on their doubles. The Team is ranked #41 in the US and #2 in the Ivy League and their coach, Tracy Green was on the US National Junior Team with Mike 'n Bob and is a long time pal. She is doing a terrific job for the Crimson. Thanks also toHarvard Men's Coach, Dave Fish, for being so kind and hospitable in hosting Champions Series clinics and a pro am at his best of all indoor facilities.
*** On Saturday, May 29, from 2:00-7:30, Coach Bryan is helping stage Groovin' at the Grove, a fundraiser for Gracie Garcie to help her raise funds for her liver disease treatment. The event featuring the areas top bands including the Wayne Bryan Band and the Pasta People will be held at the Camarillo Oak Grove Park. Kristin Loft and Kathy Bryan are working hard to make this event fun and successful.
*** Other charity events this Fall for the Bryan Brothers Foundation include: the Spanish Hills Country Club Pro Am and Exhibition on Saturday, Sept. 25, headed up by Dave McKinney. TheBryan Brothers Grand Slam Jam will be held at the Malibu Racquet Club on Saturday, October 23, and will also feature an Exo and Pro Am and the gala night of music will be held at a club inHollywood, tba. Driving forces behind this event are: big time music execs Bill Vuylsteke, JonathanMchugh, Sean McCarthy and Richard Bondroff of the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program. Former tour player and club GM, Trey Walke, and tennis pro, John McCampbell have also been very gracious and helpful.
*** On a sad note, the Bros. have dedicated this title to Bobby Morin, a family friend, who passed away last week after a long and wonderful life. He was a movie producer who had a heart of gold, a ready smile, fabulous sense of humor and he was a man who cared about others and always had a quip and positive word to say. He was always behind Mike and Bob every step of the way and he loved his tennis. We send along our most heartfelt sympathy to his wife Audrey. Their relationship was an inspiration to us all . . .