Oakley's Mike and Bob Bryan Win 59 In Houston
Top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan won back-to-back US Men’s Clay Court Championship crowns in Houston Saturday to move to within two titles of equaling the all-time doubles titles record.
The Bryans won the match, 6-3, 7-5, over Australian Stephen Huss and South African Wesley Moodie, a team that won Wimbledon in 2005.
“This event was loaded with top teams – not necessarily the Top 8 but a lot of Grand Slam champions in this field,” said Mike Bryan. “We feel glad to get out of this tournament with a title; it really bodes well for the upcoming clay court season for us.”
The Bryans’ third title in four years in Houston was their 59th tournament victory, leaving them just two shy of the record 61 team titles won by Australian duo Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde.
“Fifty-nine – it’s a big number and yeah, we’re looking at 61,” said Bob Bryan. “I think we can conceivably shoot that down in the next year if we keep playing well. But who knows? We’ll cherish every title that we get.”
Mike added, "The Woodies are the best and have always been
great role models for us. And we admire and respect them and their record and what they have meant to the sport and to doubles."
Earlier in the day on Center Court, the Bryans were presented with the Ernest Langston Sportsmanship trophy, awarded annually to players who demonstrate great sportsmanship during the tournament. The award is named for Ernest Langston, who served as River Oaks International Tournament Chairman from 1946-56.
“We like playing here – this is a beautiful club with so much history,” said Mike Bryan of the River Oaks Country Club. “We’ve had a fun week; I wish we could be here every week.”