Bryan Brothers Shatter Doubles Tournament Victories Total with Number 62!
Twins Bob and Mike Bryan established a new record for pro tour doubles titles Sunday at the Farmers Classic tournament in Los Angeles, earning the 62nd tournament win of their distinguished career in their 100th final. Their tally includes eight Grand Slam wins, but as recently as last night they were already plotting how to bag more.
“We’re not at an age when our games are slipping, or our health is questionable,” Mike Bryan, the first-born (by two minutes) of the 32-year old twins told me, about eight hours after his record-breaking triumph. He was still wearing his match clothes, and had just finished a “whirlwind” of appearances and interviews.
Mike was about to hop into the shower before heading over to a celebratory barbecue and party at a neighbor’s home in Camarillo, Calif. “Maybe we can hunt down a few more Grand Slams, help keep the U.S. in the Davis Cup World Group…that kind of stuff. We’re not going anywhere anytime soon.”
Bryans earned their record with a tense, 7-6 (6), 6-2, 10-7 victory over Eric Butorac and Jean-Julien Rojer, Butorac said, “You guys are the reason we have jobs.”
Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge, the team known throughout tennis as “the Woodies”, set the mark the Bryans shattered today. Woodforde was present all week at the Farmers Classic, which pleased the Bryans (“It was nice of Mark to be there,” Mike said. “We hung out quite a bit with him, and he was right there, pushing us through to the finish line”).
In his own post-match remarks, Woodforde said, “I know you two will continue for years to come. The floodgates will open entirely, so I know 70, 80 will come.”
No matter how many titles the Bryans end up with, the achievement will not really overshadow the fact that they were not only great at the game they loved, but they also helped save it.