Bryans Create Doubles History With 13th Grand Slam Title
Complete College Player Results from 2013 Australian Open
The American twins defeated Dutchmen Robin Haase and Igor Sijsling 6-3, 6-4 to lift their sixth trophy at Melbourne Park and overtake John Newcombe and Tony Roche's mark of 12 major titles.
"It feels real good to have that record," said Mike Bryan. "To be a part of history is pretty special. We weren't thinking about it much out there, but now that we have it, it's going to be fun to look back on our career and say we have the most Grand Slams. It's a big record, so we're pretty excited about it."
The Bryans were amazingly contesting their ninth Australian Open doubles final in the past 10 years and were making an Open Era record 23rd appearance in a Grand Slam championship title match. Only John Bromwich and Adrian Quist have won more Australian championship doubles titles (with eight).
The 34-year-old Bryans earn 2000 ATP Doubles Team Rankings points and are way ahead of the second place team. They finished 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 as the World #1ranked team.
Both teams exchanged breaks of serve at the start of the match, but the Bryans settled their early nerves to win four straight games for a 4-1 lead. The pair won the first set in 23 minutes, having hit four aces and 13 winners past the first-time major championship finalists.
The Bryans broke serve in the third game of the second set and maintained their advantage to complete victory on Rod Laver Arena in just 53 minutes. The duo dropped only one set in six matches en route to their 84th tour-level title. Excerpted from the ATP WEB Site.
*** Mike and Bob send their thanks along to so many of their friends and fans and family members that got up in the wee wee hours to watch their doubles final and so many of their matches over the past two weeks on Tennis Channel and Direct TV.
*** Other wins over their fortnight in Melbourne included: Oliver Marach (Austria)-Horacio Zeballos (Argentina), 7-5, 6-3; Flavio Seppi-Andreas Seppi (Italy), 6-3, 6-4; Jeremy Chardy (France)-Lukasz Kubot (Poland), 6-7, 6-4, 6-3; Daniele Bracciali (Italy)-Lukas Dlouhy, 6-3, 7-5; Simone Bolelli-Fabvio Fognini (Italy), 6-4, 4-6, 6-1; and Robin Haase-Igor Sijsling (Netherlands), 6-3, 6-4.
*** The Bros. also won Sydney two weeks ago and now have a 10-0 record on the new season.
*** Thanks to Brett Haber and Justin Gimelstob of the Tennis Channel for their insightful and gracious and kind commentary on all the Bros. Matches at the Australian Open. Thanks to Leif Shiras for his calls as well.
*** By the way, check your local listings because the Tennis Channel will be showing an encore presentation of the match later on today.
*** Speaking of Justin, he is the driving force behind a spectacular SoCal Tennis Exhibition on Monday Night, March 4th, at the beautiful and newly refurbished Pauley Pavilion at UCLA. Here’s what they are saying about it: World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, 14-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras, former World Top 10 player Mardy Fish and the most successful doubles duo of all time the Bryan Brothers. Tickets are on sale now at www.Ticketmaster.com, or can be purchased by calling the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310-825-2101 Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling the event directly at 310-824-1010, ext. 251.
*** Mike and Bob sure appreciated Oscar winning actor, Kevin Spacey sticking around for their late night doubles final and Bob mentioned him on the mike, saying it was great having another guy there from California, while Spacey beamed. Bob also dedicated their final match to Andrew Florie Florent, the former doubles partner and good pal of their traveling coach, Dave MacPherson. They also thanked their wives Lucie and Michelle and their long time close friend and agent, John Tobias.
*** The Bros. will fly back to the United States to join Captain Jim Courier and their teammates John Isner and Sam Querrey for the USA vs. Brazil Davis Cup Tie, Feb. 1-3, at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mike ‘n Bob are fired up to have another good run this season, having reached the semis of Davis Cup last year, with huge wins over Roger Federer and Switzerland in February and France with Jo Willie Tsonga in Monte Carlo last April. The twins have a record setting stat of 20-2 when playing for the red, white and blue over the past 10 years.
*** The Bryan Brothers Foundation is bringing 8 deserving juniors that they sponsor to the Davis Cup: Two talented 14s from Santa Barbara, KC Egger and Renee Handley; the up and coming Cohen Bros. from Oxnard; fast improving Katie Tavisoli from Westlake Village and her close friend, Emily Ackerman, who just won the Girls 14s at the Dam Club. From the Team Bryan Program in Las Vegas, junior super star, Kimberly Yee, the #1 U16s player in the US will be coming, along with Sam Martinelli, a top 20 U14s junior in the nation.
*** Chaperones include: parents Daniel Cohen and Kim Tavisoli; Gina Marano, USTA Southern Special Events Manager; Ryan Wolfington, the dynamic leader of Team Bryan and so many other tennis events and programs in Las Vegas and all over the Western United States; and Mark Bey, a top pro and junior developer from Chi Town, who also coaches the Bryan Bros. at key events.
*** Fox News top rated political commentator Sean Hannity is coming with his son, Patrick, and two of his junior friends and they are all three top 20 players in the Eastern Section. Peter Brual, a very fine player and a generous BBF benefactor is coming along with his club pro, while tennis promoter and visionary and businessman Rem Reynolds will join us with his son, Remmie, a hot young player. We will have workouts early on Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning. And we are happy to report that our fantastic new incoming USTA President, David Haggerty is gonna bring his smooth strokes and join us, along with big timer Marty Devlin.
*** Hall of Famer and all-time great player, coach, and Dad, Stan Smith, and former University of Texas star, BJ Stearns, are escorting 41 of their Academy kids to workout with our group on Saturday morning. We will be doing fun drills and games at Mal Washington’s 8 court facility each day. We hope to give these wonderful kids an experience they will never forget. Look for us on TV sitting right near the US team bench.
*** Special thanks to tennis great Mal Washington for letting our big group use his beautiful facility each morning and thanks for the hard-working and caring Director of his Foundation, Terry Florio for making all the arrangements for us.
*** Mike and Bob are proud to have a great new relationship with Esurance and through this sponsorship, Mike flew up to Palo Alto over the holidays to present a check for $21,000 to his legendary Coach Dick Gould for his East Palo Alto Tennis and Education. Bob donated the same amount to parks programs in Miami.
*** Trey and Erika Buchholz have just announced that the 9th Annual Miami Pro Am will again take place this year on March 18-20 at the Ritz Carlton Tennis Facility on Key Biscayne through the support and courtesy of Cliff Drysdale. Philanthropist Cliff Jeffries is the founder and driving force behind the event, while and “MVP” Erika do a fantastic job on this jewel-like Pro Am. Mike and Bob, former world #1s Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor and the top 14 doubles players in the world compete along with “Ams” from all over the US, including Washington Kastles WTT owner and USTA Board Member, Mark Ein. Coach Bryan emcees the event.
*** Coach Bryan just signed to coach the Sacramento Caps for his 12th season. He really loves his personable, positive and supportive owner, Deepal Waanakuwatte. Koko McNamee is a the dynamic new GM and she has a broad background in sports as a player, coach and administrator and will do a great job for the team and the great fans there. One of a kind and the original founder of the team, Ramey Osborne, will still play his dedicated role with the team. The Caps hope to have Sam Querrey for all three weeks this year, along with three time WTT MVP and all time doubles great Mark Knowles. Attorney, Ted Herhold also plays an important part with the franchise, but he needs work on hi rooting.
*** Coach B will be the luncheon speaker at the SoCal Coaches Conference at the Home Depot Center in Carson on Sunday at noon and then later in the day he will do an on court talk on Drills and Games That Helped Create the #1 Team in the World. Coach Bryan has also signed to again emcee the awesome Blue Gray Intercollegiate Tennis Classic in picturesque Montgomery, Alabama, March 15-17, for the hard-working and cool and great, Paul Winn.
*** The Bryan Bros. Band, with American Idol star Michael Johns, Counting Crows drummer Jim Bogios, and SoCal star musician and songwriter, George Holdcroft will perform at 5:00 on the grounds of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Thursday, March7. Thanks to Asst. TD and great gal Dee Dee Felich for having the band for the fourth straight year. The Bros. will again play at Ryan Macaulay’s fantastic Desert Smash on Tuesday, March 5 at La Quinta. The Band may also play after that event at the evening party and auction. Thanks to Malibu RC Pro John McCampbell and photographic artist Jimmy Wolff for dialing in all the musical equipment and sitting in to play with the band.
*** Coach Bryan will again host his “Tennis Talk Show, presented by Bulova” on the Food Court Stage of the BNP Paribas, March 5-13. The show is each day at 12:30 and Bryan will have star players and tennis VIPs and celebs as his guests.
*** Long time Bryan Family close friends, Tom Brunes Bruno, Jimmy the G Gucciardo, and Gary Gare Cuoco were, of course, so happy that Mike and Bob again won the Australia Open, but they were dismayed and disappointed and disgusted that the Bros. hammered some five - - - yes, five! - - - Italian players on their march to the title.
*** Wayne had a blast attending the gala birthday party celebration for the legendary singer and charismatic rock ‘n roll star, Bobby Jurik at the Whales Tale last week. Lots of love in the room for Bob that night . . .
*** Thanks to you all for your support . . . and we apologize for not being able to write you back for your kind congratulatory e mails - - - speaking on Sunday and then dashing off to Jacksonville for the Davis Cup. We read and so greatly appreciate each e mail and, again, sorry to not be able to write a personal note of thanks back to you.