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Bryans Win Four Matches In 48 Hours For Eastbourne Title

The Bryan brothers win their 113th ATP World Tour doubles title in Eastbourne.

Via ATP World Tour

Top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan completed a marathon 48 hours of tennis to take the doubles title on Friday at the Aegon International in Eastbourne. After winning two matches on Thursday and a semi-final earlier on Friday, they downed Rohan Bopanna and Andre Sa 6-7(4), 6-4, 10-3 in an entertaining final.

The win gives the Bryan brothers a staggering 113th ATP World Tour doubles title and their first of the season. They last prevailed at Eastbourne in 2003 (d. Eagle/Palmer). Their last title came in May 2016 at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Rome. Fittingly, their latest victory comes after Bryan/Bryan reunited last month at Roland Garros with coach David Macpherson. They pick up 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings point and split $34,430.

“Mike and I are excited to win this title not only because it’s been awhile but because we are competing at a level that we are both proud of. This win is a great shot of confidence heading into next week. Congrats to Andre and Rohan on a good week. Playing four matches in two days is a strong effort,” Bob Bryan said. “It was our first time in Eastbourne and we were really impressed by their tournament. The courts, the facilities, staff, and food were all first class. We thoroughly enjoyed our time and hope to be back in 2018.”

Bopanna/Sa were making their team debut this week. Bopanna has won titles this year in Chennai (w/Nedunchezhiyan) and the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Monte-Carlo (w/Cuevas), while Sa prevailed on home soil in Sao Paulo (w/Dutra Silva). Bopanna/Sa earn 150 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points and split a cheque for $18,100.

 

Rain throughout the week forced the semi-finals and final to be played on Friday. Bryan/Bryan opened the day with a 7-6(1), 6-4 win over Andre Begemann and Andres Molteni, while Bopanna/Sa defeated Robin Haase and Dominic Inglot 7-6(4), 3-6, 11-9.

In the championship match, both teams traded service holds throughout the opening set, but Bopanna/Sa went on a three-point run at 4/4 in the tie-break to take the early advantage. The Bryans responded by earning the lone break of the match at 2-1 in the second set, then storming through the Match Tie-break to finish as the last team standing.

EASTBOURNE, ENGLAND – JUNE 30: Bob and Mike Bryan celebrate after winning there mens doubles final match against Rohan Bopanna and Andre Sa on day 6 of the Aegon International Eastbourne on June 30, 2017 in Eastbourne, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for LTA)

Fast Facts:
***  Their wins at Eastbourne included:  Donald Young (USA)-Nenad Zimonjic (Serbia), 7-5, 6-3;Ken Skupski-Neal Skupski (Great Britain), 6-3, 6-3; Andre Begemann (Germany)-Andres Moltenni (Argentina), 7-6, 6-4; and Rohan Bopanna (India)-Andre Sa (Brazil), 6-7, 6-4, 10-3. 
***  The previous week they beat Grigor Dimitrov  (Bulgaria)-Jo-Willie Tsonga (France), 7-6, 7-6, to reach the Quarters of Queens.
***  The Bros. have a record of 21-10 on the year and they are currently the #4 team in the world, and besides winning Eastbourne, they have reached the Finals of the Australian Open;the Semis of Miami, Rome, Stuttgart, and Houston; and the Quarters at Madrid, Queens, and Delray Beach.
***  The California Twins have now appeared in 168 Finals on the tour, winning 113 and being a finalist 55 times.  All are records and no other team is even close.
***  Mike and Bob are loving their sharp new Izod clothes.  Their Izod commercial which was very unique and very physical appeared lots on ESPN and the Tennis Channel this past Spring.

***  The Bryan Bros. Band – – – with Mike on lead guitar; Bob on piano and keyboard bass; Jim Bogiosof the Counting Crows on drums and vocals; George Holdcroft on sax, piano and vocals; and Dan DeShara on guitar and vocals – – – had gala and rockin’ gigs at Indian Wells in March for 6,000 people on the stage at the BNP Paribas Open and at the venerable River Oaks Country Club in Houston for 1,500.

 

Novak Djokovic from Serbia sings with the Bryan Brothers band during the Arthur Ashe Kids Day at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing.


***  Here is a funny interview of the Bros. at Stuttgart two weeks ago: http://www.atpworldtour.com/en/video/bryan-brothers-admit-their-german-is-rusty
***  Mike and Bob are working hard on their Fore Love Charity Event in conjunction with their friend and golf legend Jack Nicklaus.  The event will be held in picturesque West Palm Beach at Jack’s golf club and also at his three perfect grass courts at his home.  The dates are Dec. 3-4 and is limited to 24 guests to join five of the top golfers in the world and lots of tennis stars.  Besides Jack, Mike and Bob,probable golfers include Rory McIlroe and Ernie Els and tennis greats Serena Williams, Andy Roddick, Jim Courier, and John Isner.  The event benefits the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation and the Bryan Brother’s Foundation.  For more information or to reserve your spot, please call the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation at (561) 630-0025.  There are only 7 spots still open.


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