Tennis fans have been spoiled as of late with a plethora of Grand Slam championships, combined with a special tournament last month in London. Coming off of an exhilarating Wimbledon championship at the beginning of July, the tennis world got the added bonus of the London Olympic tournament at the beginning of August. No rest for the weary: it’s Grand Slam time once more. This weekend marks the opening of the 2012 US Open in Flushing Meadows, New York and Oakley athletes are poised to have another successful showing. Coming off plenty of recent success, athletes including Samantha Stosur, Janko Tipsarevic, Yaroslava Shvedova and Bob and Mike Bryan will take to the courts in New York aimed at another prosperous US Open.
Bob and Mike Bryan are more than accustomed to winning. All the time. But after grabbing their first Summer Games Title Saturday in Doubles Tennis over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Micheal Llodra of France, the heavily decorated American twins embraced each other – intensely – as if they’d never nabbed a victory ever before. “That’s the longest we’ve hugged,” Bob said. “We’ve spent 50,000 hours together, and probably 30,000 on the court, working our butts off to get here. That hug right there was a culmination of it all.” The dynamic duo, who claimed a third place finish in Beijing four years prior, finally achieved their career Golden Slam: racking up all four majors and the Summer Games…in addition to their already tantalizing 11 major titles and their seventh World No. 1 ranking in nine years.