No. 1 Again! Bryan Brothers Seal Seventh ATP Doubles Top Ranking Finish In Nine Years
They’re still as unstoppable as ever.
Oakley’s ATP Star Tennis Duo – Mike and Bob Bryan – sealed their seventh No. 1 Year-End Doubles Ranking for the seventh time in nine years after a first-round victory at the Valencia Open. The match result guaranteed that the vibrant pair could not be overtaken by World No. 2 team Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic.
The amazing development comes on the heels of a resounding victory in Vienna last weekend, where the two smashed Max Mirnyi of Belarus and Daniel Nestor 7-6, 6-3 – racking up an 81 percent success rate on first deliveries – with three aces to top it all off.
The two 33-year-olds have now claimed seven titles this season alone – with 74 doubles championships overall. Notable tournaments this year include Wimbledon, the Australian Open, Houston, Monte Carlo, Madrid and Queens.
“We’re obviously extremely pumped to finish at No. 1, especially with the quality of teams on the doubles tour,” Bob said, rocking his Oakley Holeshot watch. “It’s always our ultimate goal when we start the year and we’ll definitely look back on 2011 with positive feelings. I want to congratulate our biggest rivals Mirnyi-Nestor, Llodra-Zimonjic, and the Indian Express (Bhupathi-Paes) on highly successful seasons and we look forward to another awesome event with the eight best teams in London.”
Even more impressive is the fact that the Bryans will surpass John McEnroe’s standing record of 270 weeks ranked No. 1…set to shatter on Dec. 12.
“Breaking McEnroe’s record is something that is hard to fathom. He’s such a legend and to achieve something like this won’t truly set in for awhile. Thanks to our great coach, David Macpherson, my beautiful and supportive wife, our parents who are always rooting from their computer screen back home, and all the tennis fans who get behind the great game of doubles.”
Mike was just as ecstatic.
“It’s always a special feeling finishing the year as the top team,” Mike said, also sporting his Oakley watch. “I think it’s more satisfying than winning a Slam because it represents the season as a whole. When we now look back at 2011, it will now be with a lot of fond memories. The level of tennis always keeps getting stronger, so I’m most proud of our willingness to improve as we get older. I especially want thank our coach and one of our best friends, David Macpherson, who always is there for us win or lose and always pushes us to strive for more.”
A huge congrats to Mike and Bob for driving deeper into Tennis History!