Bryan Brothers capture fourth AO title
Bordentown, NJ, — Defending champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan took home their second consecutive men’s doubles crown at the 2010 Australian Open Saturday evening and their eighth Grand Slam title overall beating rivals Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic in three sets, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3.
With their EXO3 Ignite Team 95 racquets, which they switched to late last year, the 31-year old American twins are now just four titles away from reaching the all-time record, currently held by Australian greats Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde with 61.
“It feels great to come back to Melbourne and defend our title, capture another Grand Slam and take one step closer to the all-time title record,” said Bob Bryan. “It is exactly how we hoped to kick-off 2010.”
The Bryans decided late last year to make a switch in racquets in order to achieve more control while still getting the ‘pop’ they need on serves and ground strokes. Their decision, after hitting only a few balls, was to pick up EXO3 technology and come down a bit in head size with the EXO3 Ignite Team 95.
“It is crucial in doubles to keep return of serves low and we feel as though we have better ability to do that with the EXO3 Ignite Team. But while it gives us added control and maneuverability, we are still able to deliver the power and pace we need on our serves and balls hit from the baseline,” said Bob Bryan. “It is just a fantastic all-court racquet and one of the things we loved instantly was the ‘clunk’ solid sound it makes upon ball strike.”
“The doubles game is getting better. Teams are improving and strong singles players on tour are starting to learn how to play. We need to continue to get better and evolve our game and without question we think we have improved since making the racquet switch. It was important for me to be able to carve out some more angles at net and do more with short balls,” said Mike Bryan.
The switch has proved to be a smart move. Aside from taking home the year’s first Grand Slam event, the Bryans executed a dramatic end to last season when for the fifth time, they ended the year as the world’s top team by winning the ATP Tour Doubles Finals in London. They came into that tournament 800 points behind Nestor and Zimonjic, but in the end, claimed the year-end No.1 ranking.
Even their father, coach Wayne Bryan, echoes Mike and Bob’s feelings about their new frames. “The Bros. absolutely love them and say it has the best feel of any stick they have every played with – which really is a strong testament and says something special. And, they like the looks of it too. “
The Bryans are just two of more than 50 players on tour, including Nikolay Davydenko, Gael Monfils and Maria Sharapova among others, who are now taking advantage of Prince’s O-technology, a unique series of holes along the frame of the racquet.
More information on the Bryan Brothers, their EXO3 Ignite Team 95 racquet, and all Prince players and products can be found at princetennis.com.
About Prince Sports, Inc.
Prince Sports, Inc, based in New Jersey, is a company of racquet sports enthusiasts whose goal is to create cutting edge, functional and technically advanced products that deliver performance benefits for avid players. The Company’s portfolio of brands includes Prince (tennis, squash and badminton), Ektelon (racquetball) and Viking (platform/paddle tennis). The Company has a history of innovation including inventing the first “oversize” and “longbody” racquets, the first “Natural Foot Shape” tennis shoe, the first “synthetic gut” string and the first electronic ball machine. Today, Prince markets leading technologies in racquets (EXO3), string (Premier LT), footwear (LightSpeed Technology) and apparel (Aerotech). It has operations on three continents with distribution in over 100 countries. For more information on players, products or programs please visit princesports.com.
Watch the Bryan Brothers talking about their 2010 goals and reason for their switch in racquets, prior to capturing the 2010 Australian Open crown.
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