Bryans Reclaim No. 1 Ranking With Seventh Title Of 2010
Bryans have a 7-0 record in ATP finals this season
Toronto, Canada - Americans Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan reclaimed the World No. 1 individual doubles ranking after defeating Frenchmen Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra 6-3, 7-5 on Sunday at the Rogers Cup.
The Bryans improved to a perfect 7-0 record in finals this season as they clinched the victory in one hour and 11 minutes. After dropping serve for the first time at 5-1 in the second set, the Bryans served out the match at the second time of asking.
"We were lucky today. We played the best match of the year,” said Mike Bryan with a laugh. “We had a great week. It is one of our favorite weeks of the year. We will be back in 2012!"
The Bryans have now claimed three Rogers Cup titles, also winning in 2002 and ’06 in Toronto, taking their haul at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles to 16. They captured the clay-court crowns earlier this year in Rome and Madrid.
Two weeks ago at their hometown tournament in Los Angeles, the 32-year-old became the all-time team titles leaders, surpassing Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde’s record mark of 61 titles.
Benneteau and Llodra had defeated the Bryans two years ago in the Las Vegas final, and were looking to win their third title together. They fell to an 18-4 season record as a team.
"Congratulations to the Bryans, they will be No. 1 in the individual doubles rankings again after this week and they deserve it as they are the best," said Benneteau. by ATP Staff
*** Numbers Game: Winning Toronto was Doubles Championship No. 62 for the Bros.; their 8th title out of their last 8 finals; their 7th championship of the year; their 3rd crown at Toronto; and they regained the #1 ranking.
*** While the Bros. were battling in the finals in Canada, their Mom Kathy was up in beautiful Santa Barbara at the Polo Matches with Mike's girlfriend Lucille, their friend Teresa McWilliams, and all time tennis great Marty Riessen and his wife,April. They nervously kept up with the scores on calls from Wayne and also on their IPhones.
*** The Bros. and their coach David MacPherson will now travel to Cincy for their big event on Monday.
*** While playing the Legg Mason in Washington DC last week, they did a junior tennis clinic on the South Lawn of the White House and so appreciatedPresident Obama's warm reception to them. He greeted them with "Here's the Bryan Brothers. The best doubles team in the world. I read all about you guys in Sports Illustrated." They enjoyed chatting with him for a few minutes and hearing that Michelle and the girls love tennis and play often on the WH court - - - even though the President has also installed a basketball hoop on the side of the court.
*** Mike 'n Bob were thrilled to learn that their Bryan Bros. Band will be playing two songs at the Arthur Ashe Kids Day in the main stadium. Thanks to our USTA friends and especially Michael Fiur for that. Their singer David Baron will be coming to NY for the gig and the Counting Crows drummer Jim Bogios will be on drums. It looks like they will do Let It Rip and Autograph and rumor has it thatNovak Djokovic will be singing his verse. Coach Bryan is pushing them to useAmerican Idol star Michael Johns on background vocals along with WTA Tour star Vania King who sings like an angel.
*** Coach Bryan emceed LA's Farmers Classic and also the Legg Mason in Washington DC. All theBryans want to thank Bobby Kramer and Jeff Newman - - - two fantastic tournament directors and long time friends - - - for the wonderful job they and their staffs did on those two fabulous tournaments. Both had great attendance and lots of special events and they treated us all like family.
*** Wayne will travel to New Haven late next week to work that great Pilot Pen tournament. Anne Worcester and her team are so much fun to work with and man-oh-man do they have lots of extras with that event.
*** Their new Official WEB Site was launched two weeks ago and its fabulous. Check it out at: www.bryanbros.com