Bryans Capture Third Sydney Crown
Courtesy of Wayne Bryan
World #1 duo Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan won the Sydney title for the third time on Saturday as they beat new pairing Max Mirnyi and Horia Tecau 6-4, 6-4.
"It's nice to start the year with a title especially in a tournament with such a tough field," said Bob Bryan. "Australia has been good to us over the years and we hope this win can give us momentum going into Melbourne."
The Americans added to titles in 2009 and 2012 as they beat the fourth seeds in 67 minutes. The Bryans broke serve once in each set and won 75 percent of their service points.
"Today's match was very close," said Bob Bryan. "Horia and Max showed this week that they will be a very formidable team. We hope to have the opportunity to play them in many more big matches during the coming years."
"It feels great to start the year strong," said Mike Bryan. "We love playing here. We've been coming down under since 2000 and to win here against eight of the Top 10 teams feels great. We played some great tennis. We just snuck out the first round; we were playing with the house chips in that game. But we pulled some clutch tennis out."
The 34-year-old Bryans improved their Open Era record title haul to 83 trophies (83-44 record in finals). Last season they compiled a 7-3 record in finals, highlighted by winning their 12th Grand Slam championship at the US Open and winning the Gold Medals for the USA at the London Olympics. They finished the year at #1 for a record setting 8th time and they were also voted the Fans Favorite Doubles Team for the 8th straight year. At the upcoming Australian Open, they will attempt to lift the trophy for the 6th time and win an all-time team record 13th major title. by ATP Staff
“They’re the showmen everyone wants to see. The tops seeds in Sydney are also the world’s #1 team, and the American twin duo Bob and Mike never let the crowd down. With their charismatic chest-bumping celebrations having become the tradition after big points and big matches, the Bryan Brothers have now won a record 83 tour titles now, surpassing Australia’s Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde - the “Woodies” – to become the most successful doubles team in history.” the Pip Daly
*** Mike and Bob want to wish all their family, friends and fans a Happy New Year and they say thanks for all your kind and steadfast support!
*** They had their most hectic, wild, crazy, fun and productive “off season” ever, doing exos, charity events and appearances in St. Paul for Eric Butorac’s Charity; Shreveport for Ryan Harrison’s Wounded Warrior Event; Sao Paulo, Brazil, with Roger and Serena; the Necker Cup in the British Virgin Islands for Sir Richard Branson’s Charities; Dix Bay for Trevor Short; Atlanta for the USTA; Sarasota for Rem Reynolds; and Tampa for Prince. Coach Bryan emceed most all these events and, in addition, did the Toronto Exo with Andy, Milos and Serena; the John Isner Event in Chapel Hill, while speaking at the Coaches Conference in New Braunfels.
*** Mike and his longtime girlfriend, Lucie Williams from Wales, got married in a beautiful wedding and fun reception at the venerable Four Seasons in Santa Barbara. The entire Bryan and Blake clans were in attendance, along with several of Lucie’s family members and close friends from Wales. Tennis stars included USA Davis Cup Captain, Jim Courier, Mardy Fish, Justin Gimelstob and Jay Berger. Kaley Cuoco, star of the Big Bang Theory, and James Valentine of Maroon 5 also attended. Wonderful toasts were given by Mike, Bob, Kaley, the Bros. trainer Gary Paul, and Grandpa Carl Bryan. Mike’s Uncle, Judge Carl Bryan, officiated at the nuptials. The happy couple honeymooned for six days at the Four Seasons in Costa Rica.
*** The Bros. will fly on Sunday to Melbourne to get set for the Australian Open.
*** Here’s a funny video clip from the Bros. in Sydney: http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Media/Videos/Uploaded/2013/1/8/Sydney-2013-Bryans-Interview.aspx
*** Other tentative upcoming tennis events for the Bros. include: Feb. 1-3, the Davis Cup Tie vs. Brazil at Jacksonville; Feb. 11, San Jose; Feb. 18, Memphis; Feb. 25, Delray Beach; March 4, Westwood, exo with Novak and Mardy; March 5, La Quinta, Desert Smash charity exhibition for Ryan Macaulay; March 7, Indian Wells, Bryan Bros. Band performance at the BNP Paribas Open; March 8, Indian Wells; Mar. 18-20, Miami, Doubles Pro Am for Trey and Erika Buchholz and Chris Jeffries; and Mar. 22 Key Biscayne.
*** Micaela Bryan, 11 months old, says she is getting sick and tired of getting stuffed into Waterford Crystal Bowls every time Mike ‘n Bob win a title and she wants it stopped. The mighty Micaela is able to stand now for some 20 seconds and has even taken a few steps. Her drumming is coming along and she is able to hit the high hat, all cymbals, the snare, both toms and the floor tom without missing. She is able to smash keys on the piano, but her bass lines, chords and lead licks need lotsa work. And she is doing a good job of rolling the tennis ball around the floor with her Prince racket.
*** Coach Bryan will again host “Tennis Talk” Show presented by Bulova each morning on the grounds of the BNP Paribas at Indian Wells, March 6-13. He will also do two talks at the USPTA Coaches Conference in late January at Carson. He has just signed to coach the Sacramento Caps of World Team Tennis for the 12th season. He loves his owner Deepal Waannakuwatte and his new GM Koko McNamee and all his players and the fans in Sac Town.
*** Thanks to the Bros. trainer, Gary Paul, for all his great workouts in their home gym in late December.
*** The Bros. appreciated the good workouts in late December with players from the Mark Weil Academy and rookie pro Nick Meister, UCLA’s #1 player last year and Marcos Giron, the Bruins probable #1 for the 2013 campaign. All players had great and positive attitudes and gave the guys great practice. Thanks to the dynamic UCLA Asst. Coach, Grant Chen, for all his help in coordinating the workouts.
*** Maroon 5 lead guitarist, James Valentine, came up for some hits just before the guys flew down under to Sydney and then they jammed for three hours in the Bros. music studio. James was so nice to play at Mike and Lucie’s wedding.
*** Congrats to TV and Movie star Kaley Cuoco for doing such a fabulous job hosting the People Choice Awards a couple of nights ago. She also gave a wonderful and heartfelt and tear laden toast at the wedding on Nov. 25th.
*** Mike ‘n Bob say Get Well Fast to doubles star Ross Hutchins during his bout with cancer and they wish a speedy recovery to their best fan and friend from Canada, Penny Wong.
*** They also say congratulations to Morgan Mays on his tennis scholarship to Wake Forest and to Sean Levesque on his scholarship to Utah. USC has added SoCal junior star Robby Bellamy to their roster for the 2014 season. Great young man and big hitter and fine doubles player and he will help the Trojans. His little bro, Roscoe, won the doubles at the Orange Bowl 12s and did well in the singles too.
*** The Bryan Bros. Band rocked the famed and picturesque Necker Island in an End of the World Party hosted by Sir Richard Branson. Joining Mike ‘n Bob in the gig were American Idol star Michael Johns and Jim Bogios, the drummer for the Counting Crows. They played until 2:30 in the morning . . . Mike and his “am” partner won the Necker Cup by the way. Other pros in this fabulous and unique event included: Novak Djokovic, Tommy Haas, Mark Knowles, John McEnroe, Mark Philippoussis, and Bob.
Autograph - http://www.bryanbros.com/video22.html
Let It Rip - http://www.youtube.com/user/bryanbros4?blend=21&ob=5#p/u/0/hnr8x1_rR3s
Recent Commercial for Citi Bank:
Sending - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LWAzVNF940&feature=relmfu
Big Check - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owydA3U0X6A&feature=relmfu
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