Bryans Clinch Year-End No. 1 For Record Sixth Time
American brothers Bob Bryanand Mike Bryan have clinched the year-end No. 1 ATP Doubles Team Ranking for a record sixth time. By reaching their 11th final of the year today at the Swiss Indoors in Basel, beating Yen-Hsun Lu and Janko Tipsarevic, 6-1, 6-2, in 44 minutes, the Bryans have guaranteed that they cannot be overtaken by No. 2 team and great rivals Daniel Nestorand Nenad Zimonjic.
In the first round the Bros. defeated Karol Beck-Jan Hajek, 6-2, 6-2, and in the quarters they beat John Isner-Sam Querrey for the third time this season, 6-0, 6-7, 10-7. It was their 8th straight win over Isner and 4th consecutive against Querrey.
The 32-year-old twins' memorable year included two Grand Slam titles (Australian Open, US Open), giving them nine in their career, and four ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles (Rome, Madrid, Toronto, Cincinnati). They also broke Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde's mark of 61 career titles as a team by winning their 62nd title in Los Angeles on 1 August. They have now captured 66 career titles.
They are 10-0 in finals during the season and if they finish the year without a loss in finals, they will become the first team in the past 30 years to win at least 10 titles without losing in a final. They won a career-high 11 titles in 2007. In February, they became the first duo in the Open Era to secure 600 match wins as a team.
The Bryans also were ATP World Tour Doubles Champions in 2003, '05-07 and '09. They previously were tied with the Woodies with five year-end No. 1 finishes.
"Finishing No. 1 is always our ultimate goal when we start any year and to achieve this feat again feels great, especially with the quality of doubles teams in our sport," said Bob. "I tip my hat to Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic who have had another amazing year. For three years, two teams have clearly separated themselves from the field and it's this rivalry that forced us to find ways to improve. I'm sorry to see them split, but wish them luck in their new partnerships. I give special thanks to our coach, my fiancé, our trainer, family, and fans. For their support, I'm forever grateful."
Mike added, "The 2010 season has been a special one for so many reasons, but we're always most proud of ending the year on top. We're still looking forward to ending the year well and hopefully defending ourWorld Tour Finals title in London." Excerpted from ATP WEB Site.
No. 1 Doubles Teams (since 2000):
2010 -- Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan
2009 -- Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan
2008 -- Daniel Nestor/Nenad Zimonjic
2007 -- Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan
2006 -- Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan
2005 -- Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan
2004 -- Mark Knowles/Daniel Nestor
2003 -- Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan
2002 -- Mark Knowles/Daniel Nestor
2001 -- Jonas Bjorkman/Todd Woodbridge
2000 -- Todd Woodbridge/Mark Woodforde
*** The Bros. will play the finals in Basel on Sunday, and that night they will journey to Bercy, France to compete in the Paris Indoors. They will finish the season at the World Tour Finals at the O2 Arenain London.
*** When they return to the United States in early December they will play a series of charity events and exhibitions:
New York, NY - - - Dec. 1, James Blake's Charity Event with Andy andJames. http://www.jamesblaketennis.com/jb%20pages/10_Serving_For_A_Cure.htm
Chatham, New Jersey - - -Dec. 2, Justin Gimelstob's Charity Event. http://www.eastern.usta.com/the_justin_gimelstob_childrens_fund_charity_event/
Omaha, Nebraska - - - Dec. 3, Omaha Rockin' Rackets, with Pete andAndy Roddick. http://www.rocknracquets.com/tickets.htm
St. Paul, Minn. - - - Dec. 5, Eric Butorac's Charity Event. http://www.examiner.com/tennis-in-chicago/former-college-tennis-players-give-back-with-charity-events
Vero Beach, Florida - - - Dec. 11, Mardy Fish and Jake Owens' CharityEvent. http://chevents.com/mardy-and-jake.html
*** Since the French Open, the Bros. have recorded a torrid record of 31-3, with five titles at LA, Toronto, Cincy, US Open, and Beijing.
*** They have won Basel three times and have a record of 20-3 there.
*** The Grand Slam Jam at the Malibu Racquet Clubon Saturday, Oct. 23, was a smash with the Concert, Morning Round Robin, Pro Am and Exhibition all sold out. $153,000 was raised for the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program and the Bryan Brothers Foundation. Playing in the exo were Mike, Bob, Sam Querrey, Ryan Harrison, Lilia Osterloh, and Sloane Stephens. Other pros in the Pro Am included Justin Gimelstob, Vince Spadea, Scottie Davis, Derek Rostagno, Anand Amritraj, Travis Rettenmaier, Tony Graham, Erik Vervloet, Chris Ojakian, Josh Oswald, Blake Muller, Evan Jurgensen, and Alex Johnson. Mardy Fish was so nice to come out to support the event, along with Hall of Famer, Pam Shriver, Farmer Classic Tournament Director Bobby Kramer, andTennis Channel Vice President David Egdes.
*** Some of the top "ams" that competed were Patrick Anneet, Chuck Binder, Janie Coolidge,Bill Desser, Russell Geyser, Bret Hankey, Richard Hughes, Michael Johns, Robert Kerbeck, Ryan Macaulay, Vassil Pertchinkov, Wendy Sidley, Brad Smith, Olenka Speaker, Peter Tripp and Shaughne Warnack. The enthusiasm and fine play of the this group was amazing and it was, without a doubt, the best Women "Ams" we have ever seen!
*** Mike and Bob say thanks very much to big time music execs Bill Vuylsteke and Jonathan McHugh for all their hard work on the event and for lining up such a star studded Grand Slam Jam Concert on Friday Night, Oct. 22 at the Wokcano Restaurant and Club inSanta Monica. This gala and atmospheric show featured Lisa Loeb, American Idol star Michael Johns, Counting Crows drummer, Jim Bogios playing with the Bryan Bros. Band 'n David Baron, Bascom Hill,and Griff Frank.
*** The Bros. want to also extend their most heartfelt appreciation to former tour player and Malibu Racquet Club GM, Trey Waltke, and MRC Pro, John McCampbell, for all their efforts and caring about the success of the event and its charitable beneficiaries. TV star Melissa Rivers was also amazingly helpful and positive. Sean McCarthy was the driving force to get the event going and did his usual superb job on the sound and music.
*** Mike 'n Bob also sure appreciated the wonderful work of Dave McKinney in hosting the Tennis Fest at the picturesque Spanish Hills Country Club inCamarillo, Sept. 25, that raised $50,000 for the Bryan Brothers Foundation.
*** Coach Bryan emceed the Tennis Fest, the Grand Slam Jam, Vijay Amritraj's Chairty Event at theCalabasas Tennis Club last Friday and he will doChris Ojakian and John Austin's MS Event onSaturday, Nov. 13 at the venerable Kramer Club inPalos Verdes. He will then go on to emcee most of the charity events the Bros. are playing in December.
*** Lastly, the Bros. want to congratulate Steve Bellamy on his incredible new movie, The Story. There was a special red carpet screening atGrauman's Chinese last week, with the people in the packed Theater clapping several times during the showing of the film. It will be released soon and is a must see. The Story made you think, wonder, smile, laugh, cringe, and cry. It was the whole human experience. It was true art. And Mike 'n Bob are very proud to have two of their Bryan Bros. Band tunes in the film . . . Chasin' the Sun and Let It Rip.