#62: Bryan Brothers Break Doubles Record
Bordentown, NJ, — A journey spanning twelve years, culminated yesterday in Los Angeles as 32 year-old identical twins, Mike and Bob Bryan, won their all-time, record-setting sixty-second ATP Tour doubles title. In their 100th career finals appearance, the duo overcame Eric Butorac and Jean-Julien Rojer 6-7 (8-6), 6-2 (10-7) to win the U.S. Open Series’ Farmers Classic and re-write tennis history.
“It is incredible, but I am not sure it has fully hit us yet. To say we are the ‘winningest’ doubles team of all time? Wow. That is something that is beyond our wildest dreams,” said Bob Bryan. “I have the best partner in the world, and we have an amazing support system behind us - a big reason we have had the chance to play on so many Sundays.”
With the win, the Bryan Brothers surpassed a record set by Australian doubles greats Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde in 2000. The Bryans reached their first ATP tour title in Orlando in 1999 at the age of 21 and won their first ATP Tour title as a team in Memphis in 2001.
“It is an amazing feeling to sit atop the list. All the hours on the road, in the gym and on the court - days like today are what you make the sacrifices for,” said Mike Bryan. “We are proud to have captured the record as part of the Prince family and to reach this milestone during the company’s 40th anniversary year.”
“We are extremely proud to be the racquet choice of these two all-time greats and congratulate them on such an historic achievement,” said Zach Perles, Vice President of Communications at Prince Sports, Inc. “They are not only great champions, but also wonderful ambassadors and advocates of our performance products, the brand and the sport overall. We know they have a lot of titles left to win and we look forward to seeing where the record finally ends up for two of tennis’ living legends.”
“I had joked with the boys not to come back from Europe without the record behind them,” said the twins’ father, long-time coach and tennis ambassador, Wayne Bryan. “But perhaps it is more fitting as an American team, to capture the record in the United States, and in their home state - not too far from where their tennis journey began as young kids.”
As part of the celebration, Prince has posted images from the historic win on its facebook page http://www.facebook.com/official.prince.tennis and is inviting fans from around the world to offer words of congratulations to the Bryans.
THE ROAD TO 62 TITLES*
Year Match Titles Year-by-Year Highlights
2010 - 39-8 6-0 Capture 62nd career title in Los Angeles; Won 4th Aust. Open title (8th overall G.S. crown) 2009 - 68-18 7-5 Finish No. 1 for fifth time in seven years; Won Aust. Open, Barclays ATP Finals 2008 - 64-18 5-7 Won US Open title; bronze medal at Beijing Olympics 2007 - 77-9 11-4 Led US to David Cup title; Won five ATP Masters 1000 titles; Won Aust. Open title and career-best 11 titles overall (77 wins) 2006 - 66-14 7-3 Won 1st Aust. Open title, Wimbledon; R-up at Roland Garros 2005 - 58-18 5-6 Reached all four G.S. finals, won first US Open title; Finished No. 1 for second time 2004 - 64-17 7-4 Defended Tennis Masters Cup title; R-up at Aust. Open 2003 - 53-21 5-3 Won first G.S. title at Roland Garros, first Tennis Masters Cup; No. 1 for first time 2002 - 54-19 5-3 Won first ATP Masters 1000 title in Memphis (d. Knowles-Nestor) 2001 - 47-24 4-1 Won first ATP title in Memphis (d. former Stanford alumni O’Brien-Stark) 2000 - 18-17 0-0 1999 - 15-15 0-1 Reached first ATP final in Orlando (l. to Courier-Woodbridge) 1998 - 4-6 0-0 1997 - 1-7 0-0 1996 - 1-4 0-0 1995 - 0-1 0-0
Titles by Surface
- Hard 39 - Grass 7
- Clay 13 - Carpet 3
Top 5 Doubles Team Title Leaders No. 1. Bob Bryan-Mike Bryan 62 2. Todd Woodbridge-Mark Woodforde 61 3. Peter Fleming-John McEnroe 57 Bob Hewitt-Frew McMillan 57 5. Sergio Casal-Emilio Sanchez 44
*Courtesy of www.atpworldtour.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 40-year history of innovation which includes the invention of 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 (PremierLT) footwear (Lightspeed) 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.
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