Bob and Mike Bryan: US Open 2014 & 100 Team titles!!

10 Sep

” There is no substitute for hardwork. Even more important is to pursue excellence. Aim at being the best in the world. Pursue excellence and success will chase you.”

― Mukesh Ambani @ NDTV25 ( India’s 25 greatest global living legends)

The Bryan brothers live this adage truly and are synonymous with mens tennis doubles. It is their relentless pursuit of excellence that is inspirational. US Open 2014 was their 100th  team tour title!! They are the best mens doubles tennis team. One heard of John McEnroe & Peter Fleming, Mark Woodforde & Todd Woodbridge, Amritraj Brothers ( Vijay & Anand), Stefan Edberg and Anders Jarryd, Leander Paes & Mahesh  Bhupathi as fine doubles teams but Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan are the greatest of them all statistically and may be the best doubles team ever. Their winning 100 tour titles is a phenomenal achievement.

bob and mike bryan

16 Grand Slams and 30 ATP World Tour Masters 1000s in a  100 team tour titles !!!

Bob Bryan:

” Yeah, I mean, it’s amazing relief, you know, ecstacy. You know, I was having flashbacks to my whole career towards the end of that match. It was wild. I was thinking juniors, college. It was an incredible moment. I was trying to stay in the moment, but it was impossible. I mean, this number right here, we have really been looking at for a couple of years.  But, you know, there are so many things that go along with this US Open title. We were really just trying to win the title. Then you got the 100, the ten years with the slam, first slam of the year. Yeah, our fifth Open, there is no words to describe it. ”

” Hitting our first balls at the club, playing our first tournament at age six. Saw that. Yeah, I mean, Kalamazoo when we were — it’s all relative. We were just as jacked to win Kalamazoo as we are here to get 100. You know, same thing with the NCAAs. I slept with that NCAA trophy in my bed for a night. To win that first slam, I remember flying over the English Channel to Queen’s, and I was most scared I have ever been that the plane was gonna crash. It’s like, We have done it, and now I’m going to go down in a ball of flames for some reason. I just want to enjoy this for a little bit.”

” Incredible turbulence. Obviously the Davis Cup was — it’s been a really storybook career, and this is kind of a cap, you know, right on top. Just neat little bow on this career.”

” It feels great to be recognized and to achieve something great in a sport you have dedicated your life to. We have sacrificed everything since two, three years old; didn’t feel like we were sacrificing because we were having so much fun at a young age. As you mature and look back you say, Gee, I didn’t go to my high school prom. I had one sip of alcohol pretty much my whole life. That’s unusual, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I mean, we got everything. I got three incredible trophies over there sitting over your right shoulder: Michelle, Micaela, and Bobby Junior. That puts a smile on my face every day. I think that also made it easier to play well in this incredible, huge moment knowing I already had that in my back pocket.”

” We re-signed on with K-Swiss another couple years and esurance. We really want to play in the Olympics again, so we’ve set our sights on Rio, and we’ll take is it from there. You know, Nestor thought he was going to retire four or five years ago and he’s still having a good time. So he’s still going. So there’s, you know, no date.”

” Our dad instilled that in us, doing so many clinics, inspirational speeches, and we were always traveling around with him as kind of the show ponies. We do drills. You know, the Jensens were one of our big idols and they gave back more than anyone and signed every autograph. And then Agassi set a great example for all the young Americans to set up their foundations and raise money for good causes. As we get older, we’re really trying harder to raise more money and do good in this game. You know, you mature and you start to see the good you can do and the impact you can make on the youth. We’ll start shifting our focus more to the foundation as our career winds down. Yeah, our dad, the Jensens, Agassi, they are all great role models for that.”

Mike Bryan :

” Yeah, it’s always sweet winning a Grand Slam. This just adds some extra whip cream and cherries and nuts on top. To win a slam for the 10th consecutive year, that was kind of in the back of our heads, too. I mean, it was just great. We went out there and played a good match. We do get nervous. I think it was something like our 27th Grand Slam final. It feels like it was our first. You know, we were jittery. Tough to eat, tough to sleep. You know, but we kind of rose above it. I thought it was kind of our best match of the tournament against a really tough team that posed a lot of challenges. I think it helped having two days off to practice for that specific team, because they play like no other team out there. They are so close to the net. They have great groundstrokes. We had some good strategies to counteract that. Yeah, as Bob said, it was kind of like ecstacy. Right when the match finished it was a relief. So much emotions. I don’t think we have ever done this kind of dirty dancing swan dive. That was a first.”

” I remember Charleston. We won a big Davis Cup match. We both went in for the hug in the air. That doesn’t work out. Dangerous. So dangerous if you hug in the air and you have to come down together. Yeah, you never know. I mean, that just was a great feeling winning that match point, just getting over the finish line there.”

” 1985, novice tournament. Met in the finals of the singles and won the doubles. Took home four trophies. I think we might have slept with that trophy, too.” ( first trophy )

” They were at home watching it. They don’t like to watch it live. They watch the scores tick. Sometimes they get too nervous. Like during our Wimbledon final they went on a drive to Santa Barbara an hour away. Drove up; drove back. Got home, checked the scores, and we lost.”

” I think we do believe in a little bit of karma, but sometimes there is no fairytale ending. Last year we were going for the slam. That would have been really nice. We have also lost 11 Grand Slam finals, which every one stings; four or five days Davis Cup matches. This one has been cool. I mean, it’s been kind of good karma to win the gold medal. And as Bob said, like Kalamazoo and US Open juniors and NCAAs, it just seems like we have hit every milestone and step along the way. So I don’t know. It does feel like we have good karma. We pick up trash when we see litter on the street.”

” Yeah, I mean, they are the two most supportive parents kids could ask for. We got really positive parents, and they are always with us in our toughest moments. We have said a million times before, when we lose our match we go check our e-mail right away. Our e-mails are already in there with everything we have done in our career, and he takes losses just as hard as we do. It’s pretty amazing. They are the first people we call after wins, and they have been with us every step of the way. Countless hours. My mom fed us a million balls. Dad took us to tournaments. Couldn’t have done it without them. We had a happy tennis family. We’re still closer now than we have ever been.” ( On Parents)

Please see more of  post match interview of the exceptional doubles champions, Bryan brothers: http://www.usopen.org/en_US/news/interviews/2014-09-07/201409071410117555842.html

” Our training sessions are pretty intense.For us, it is normal.  We don’t take a lot of water breaks and keep pounding balls. Jimmy Connors  philosophy was to give his all on the practice court for a shorter amount of time.  You don’t need to spend four hours of time out on the court, if you are very intense and focused.” ( Bob Bryan)

” They have been in many battles and before they walk onto court, they go to war.  They have no illusions and they realise they will require everything they have in a match.  They channel their energy and do not waste it.” (  Coach David Macpherson )

” They have a great knack of having a great respect for the game and their opponents,” ( Dick Gould, Stanford’s legendary coach)

” The Bryans will never beat themselves.  You have to beat them.”

” You knew you had to be ready, as they were very good frontrunners.  Their energy level would rise with an early break.  Mentally you had to prepare differently.  Their intimidation was more about their energy on court and they continue to play with an edge.” (  Jonas Bjorkman )

” Part of their greatness is that they are equal. They have slightly different games and maximum strengths, but they are both equal on the court.  They tell one another what they think, spurring one another on.  They force each other to be the best they can be.” (  Coach David Macpherson )

” They will continue to be successful as long as they are motivated, which means knocking off small goals.” (  Jonas Bjorkman )

” By the time they decide to stop touring , “They will be in another galaxy.” ” (   Mark Knowles )

” We used to stopped training at 5 p.m. [at Stanford], yet they didn’t want to stop.  They wanted to play one more rally.  Each would take it in turns to hit the ball out.  Then a new rally would begin.  Their passion was incredible.  I had to almost drag them off the court! ” ( Dick Gould, Stanford’s legendary coach)

For more : please see a really nice write up and tribute to  wonderful journey of the great doubles team, Bryan twins, Bob & Mike Bryan : http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2014/09/36/US-Open-Bryans-100-Titles-Tribute.aspx

Their journey from such a young age together is so inspiring and  leave you with a Mike Bryan quote, the best tribute to parents perhaps:

” I mean, they are the two most supportive parents kids could ask for. We got really positive parents, and they are always with us in our toughest moments. We have said a million times before, when we lose our match we go check our e-mail right away. Our e-mails are already in there with everything we have done in our career, and he takes losses just as hard as we do. It’s pretty amazing. They are the first people we call after wins, and they have been with us every step of the way. Countless hours. My mom fed us a million balls. Dad took us to tournaments. Couldn’t have done it without them. We had a happy tennis family. We’re still closer now than we have ever been.”

I think then Bryan family and Bryan brothers are also ideal role models for a loving close knit family and great professional achievement..

I think that’s an ideal life..

Bryan twins are then heroes to me. Hope you like the inspiring journey of the world beating Bryan brothers and their family. It really inspires me.

Hope you have a lovely day my friends! Thank you!

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