2014/10/21

DAVIS CUP: U.S. SHUTS OUT SLOVAKIA – Isner, Querrey victories give Americans a 5-0 win in the World Group Play-off

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DAVIS CUP: U.S. SHUTS OUT SLOVAKIA
Isner, Querrey victories give Americans a 5-0 win in the World Group Play-off

By Junior Williams

(September 14, 2014) HOFFMAN ESTATES, Illinois – John Isner and Sam Querrey closed out the Davis Cup World-Group Play-off by winning their respective matches, giving the United States a 5-0 victory over Slovakia at Sears Center Arena in suburban Chicago.

Both matches were dead rubbers, since the U.S. clinched a spot in the World Group for 2015 courtesy of Bob and Mike Bryan’s doubles victory on Saturday.

In the first match, Isner – the No. 1 American and 16th ranked player in the world – defeated Lukas Lacko 6-3, 6-0 in only 42 minutes, converting four out of eight break points and posting 22 total winners to Lacko’s four.

In the post-match interview, Isner said he was happy the match went “pretty quickly” and was looking forward to watching some football.

In the second match, Slovakia’s Norbert Gombos did his best to prevent his team from being shut out, but the world’s 126th-ranked player was outlasted by Sam Querrey 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in a hard-hitting, fast-serving contest.

After Gombos broke Querrey to win the second set — the only set Slovakia won during the three days of competition — the number-two American broke Gombos to go up 4-3 in the third set, and went on to close out the match with a service winner.

Here’s how close the match was: Querrey scored 96 points, Gombos 92.

Despite Gombos’ three defeats (including one to Isner in singles, another to the Bryans in doubles) , U.S. Davis Cup captain Jim Courier had nothing but good things to say about the Slovak during the post-match interview, expressing how impressed he was with Gombos’ play.

The U.S. victory marks the first time the Americans shut out their opponent in a Davis Cup tie since 2012 — a first-round victory in Switzerland against a team featuring 17-time major champion Roger Federer, and Stan Wawrinka — who has since gone on to win the 2014 Australian Open.

Slovakia is now 0-3 against the U.S. in Davis Cup competition and is headed back to Europe/Africa Zone Group I. Both countries will learn about their next opponents when the Davis Cup draw for 2015 takes place Thursday in Dubai.

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Davis Cup: U.S. Remains in the World Group, Bryan twins clinch for Americans in straight sets over Slovakia

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DAVIS CUP: U.S. REMAINS IN WORLD GROUP

Bryan twins clinch for Americans in straight sets over Slovakia

 

By Junior Williams

 

(September 13, 2014) HOFFMAN ESTATES, Illinois — World No. 1 doubles team Bob and Mike Bryan made quick work of Slovakia’s Norbert Gombos and Lukas Lacko, winning 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 in one hour 16 minutes — giving the United States an unassailable 3-0 lead in the Davis Cup World Group Play-off at Sears Centre Arena in suburban Chicago, assuring the Americans will remain in the World Group in 2015.

 

Early in the first set, the Bryans broke Slovakia to go up 2-1 after Gombos hit a backhand volley wide. After that, it was full steam ahead for the U.S team, which won 21 out of 26 points at the net and 83-percent of its first-serve points.

 

Slovakia captain Miloslav Mecir went with Gombos instead of the originally scheduled doubles specialist Michal Mertinak.

 

The Bryans capped off their victory with an ace, to the delight of the U.S. fans in the crowd.

 

For Slovakia, it’s wait ’til next year as the team will once again attempt to re-join the Davis Cup elite for the first time since 2006.

The Bryans just came off winning their 16h major and 100th title by capturing the US Open doubles title said that Saturday’s win felt better than the US Open..

“It feels like it’s all part of the same summer,” Mike Bryan said.  “We had our goals, which was to win the US Open and come in here and help the team get to the World Group.
“Just feels it’s all one emotion.  We can kind of exhale and kind of enjoy it.  Yeah, when we won the Open it was great, but we shifted our focus very quickly to this tie.
“We never really relaxed.  Now we can exhale and enjoy the next couple weeks before we go over to Asia.
“But this is a really sweet feeling to finish the summer like this.”

 

Sunday’s dead rubber matches are scheduled to feature number one American John Isner versus Martin Klizan, and Sam Querrey versus Gombos. But with U.S. having clinched the tie, it is unlikely those pairings will hold.

 

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EXTRAS: After their victory, the Bryans celebrated by hitting lots of autographed balls in the crown, and also engaged in a mini-exhibition match with two of the “Team Bryan” kids. Bob and Mike’s dad Wayne Bryan served as the umpire.

 

Junior Williams is a long-time journalist and tennis fan.  At a moment’s notice he can give you a list of all the Davis Cup match-ups that would give the US home ties. He is in Illinois covering the Davis Cup first round World Group Play-off tie between the United States and Slovakia for Tennis Panorama News.

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DAVIS CUP: U.S. IN CONTROL OVER SLOVAKIA Isner, Querrey lead Americans to 2-0 lead in World Group Play-off

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DAVIS CUP: U.S. IN CONTROL OVER SLOVAKIA
Isner, Querrey lead Americans to 2-0 lead in World Group Play-off
By Junior Williams

(September 12, 2014) HOFFMAN ESTATES, Illinois – Hours before the United States took on Slovakia at the Davis Cup World Group Play-off, U.S. captain Jim Courier was upbeat about his team’s prospects – telling a fan, “We’re ready for battle.”

Courier’s confidence in John Isner and Sam Querrey paid off, as both players achieved straight sets victories at Sears Centre Arena – giving the Americans a commanding 2-0 lead, putting them one win away from securing another year in the World Group.

Isner defeated Norbert Gombos – the 126th-ranked player in the world – 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-2. Many were surprised Slovakian captain Miloslav Mecir went with Gombos in the first match instead of 86th-ranked Lukas Lacko. Gombos battled Isner early in the first set, returning the American’s powerful serves and taking him to a tiebreak. But a Gombos volley at the net came up short, giving Isner a mini-break at 6-4. The former University of Georgia Bulldog won the set after Gombos’ return of serve went long.

Isner’s serve became a more potent weapon in the second set – including a “perfect game” with four aces that put him up 5-3. The world No. 16 finished the match with 29 aces.

“Going into a match like this three-out-of-five set match, it’s not surprising that I didn’t lose my serve,” said Isner. “I’ve done that before, for sure. Always going to be the biggest part of my game and it’s going to be the part of my game that I lean on the most.”

Gombos said of the 6-foot-9 Isner, “I know that he’s serving perfect from the Eiffel Tower, you know … I never returned a serve like his because it’s quite different from like the other players because he’s really tall. The ball is bouncing so high. It’s totally different like from the other players.”

The second match between Querrey and Slovakian Martin Klizan – ranked 51st and 57th in the world, respectively — started off as quite a battle. The first set lasted 66 minutes. It was Querrey’s serve versus Klizan’s powerful groundstrokes, which were low enough to cause problems for the 6-foot-6 American.

But it was Klizan’s serve that would prove to be the Slovakian’s undoing, with eleven double faults in the match. Serving for the first set up 5-4, he was broken after double faulting to end the game. Querrey won the first set tiebreak 8-6 after staving off a set point — and winning the final three points with the help of two aces.

“It was tough,” said Querrey. “But my serve is my biggest weapon. I just buckled down and I think I hit an ace at that 5-6 point. Just put the pressure right back on (Klizan).”

The American won the match 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-3, hitting 20 aces in the process.

When asked about failing to serve out the first set up 5-4, Klizan replied: “I wasn’t nervous. I was just pissed off of the line umpire because was a huge mistake from him the first point. Could be different story then, the game. But anyway, Sam was the better player on the court and I think he was better, so he won.”

In Saturday’s doubles match, the Americans will be counting on world number ones Bob and Mike Bryan to deliver the clincher. Fresh from winning the 2014 U.S Open Championship – their 100th – title. the twins are scheduled to face Lukas Lacko and Michal Mertinak, but there’s always the possibility that captain Mecir could alter his lineup.

Junior Williams is a long-time journalist and tennis fan.  At a moment’s notice he can give you a list of all the Davis Cup match-ups that would give the US home ties. He is in Illinois covering the Davis Cup first round World Group Play-off tie between the United States and Slovakia for Tennis Panorama News.

 

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Bryan Brothers Back in US Open Final

 

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(September 4, 2014) Bob and Mike Bryan survived a three-set match to move into the final of the men’s doubles at the US Open. They are now within one win away from their 16th Grand Slam title, sixth US Open crown and 100th tournament victory. Their last major came last year at Wimbledon.

The top seeds defeated Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 on Thursday.

Last year the Bryans were going for a calendar Grand Slam but did not reach the US Open final. The brothers reflected on this:

“Last year was obviously crazier and we had this long streak going,” Bob Bryan said. “So it was just a lot of built up pressure and kind of angst. We were very disappointed when we lost last year, but a little bit relieved that the whole run was finished and we could just play again without having that on our shoulders. This year feels like an added bonus. You know, if we can do it, it would, you know, add something really extra special to do Grand Slam title. We’re not feeling the pressure to do it in any way. Because it’s going to happen eventually. It’s not like, Oh, my God. We’re going to be stuck on 99 forever. We’re both confident we’ll knock down the title at some point. It would be cool to do it here.”

They’ll meet the 11th seeds from Spain -Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez in the final on Sunday.

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Isner, Querrey and Bryan Brothers Named to US Davis Cup Team

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(September 2, 2014) U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier named the team to take on the Slovak Republic in the World Group Playoff – top-ranked American and world No. 15 John Isner, world No. 57 Sam Querrey and the world’s No. 1 doubles team of Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan.

Additionally, Captain Courier announced the practice partners for the U.S. Davis Cup team – 2014 NCAA singles champion for UCLA Marcos Giron and three-time University of Michigan All-American and Chicago native Evan King. Giron, 21, won the 2014 NCAA singles title as a junior at UCLA, finishing the year as the No. 1 college tennis player.

 

Slovakia Captain Miloslav Mecir named world No. 65 Martin Klizan, No. 84 Lukas Lacko, No. 129 Norbert Gombos, and former Top 20 doubles player Michal Mertinak to his team.

 

The best-of-five match series will be played on an indoor hard court at Sears Centre Arena, Sept. 12-14, in Hoffman Estates, Ill., a suburb of Chicago.

 

Play begins on Friday, Sept. 12, at 4:00 p.m. CT, with two singles matches featuring each country’s No. 1 player against the other country’s No. 2 player. Saturday’s schedule features the pivotal doubles match at 2:00 p.m. CT. The final day of play on Sunday, beginning at 12:30 p.m. CT, will feature two “reverse singles” matches, when the No. 1 players square off followed by the No. 2 players meeting each other in the final match. All matches are best-of-five sets until one nation clinches the tie. A revised schedule for Sunday may take place if a team clinches in the third or fourth match.

 

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Andy Murray Becomes Third Player To Qualify For 2013 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals

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From the ATP World Tour:(September 10, 2013) LONDON – Andy Murray will look to maintain his unbeaten record on home soil this year with victory at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The Scot has become the third player to qualify for the season finale, to be held at The O2 in London from 4-11 November. Murray, who reached the quarter-finals at the US Open, secured his place at the season finale for the sixth straight year.

“I’ve played some of my best tennis in front of my home crowd at Queen’s and Wimbledon this year so hopefully I can keep up that run of form at The O2 in November,” said Murray. “It will be great to compete in London again for the first time since winning Wimbledon. It’s a key focus for me for the rest of the season and I’ll do everything I can to give myself the best chances of winning it. The atmosphere there is always special – to win it would be the perfect way to finish the season.”

The 26-year-old Murray joins Spaniard Rafael Nadal and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic as the first singles players to qualify for the elite eight-man event. The trio currently leads the Emirates ATP Race To London standings.

Dunblane-born Murray has a 12-0 record on home soil this season, preceding his historic Wimbledon triumph with victory at the Aegon Championships at The Queen’s Club. The Scot was also a finalist at the Australian Open and collected titles at the Brisbane International and the Sony Open in Miami.

Murray is a three-time semi-finalist at the season finale, reaching the last four in Shanghai in 2008 (l. to Davydenko) and London in 2010 (l. to Nadal) and 2012 (l. to Federer). He is bidding to become the first British player to win the season finale.

US Open doubles champions Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek and runners-up Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares have also secured their berths at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, qualifying behind three-time former champions Bob and Mike Bryan.

Stepanek, who along with Paes reached the semi-finals last year at The O2, stated it was their goal to win the title. “That’s the trophy which is missing in Leander’s showcase. That’s what I’m very focused on, that’s what I would like to deliver,” he said.

The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals has welcomed more than a million fans to The O2 arena over the past four years, establishing itself as the biggest indoor tennis tournament in the world since moving to London in 2009. Tickets to the tournament, which takes place from 4-11 November, can be purchased at: http://www.BarclaysATPWorldTourFinals.com.

Barclays ATP World Tour Finals – The Contenders
(Based on the calendar-year Emirates ATP Race To London standings as of Tuesday, 10 September 2013.)

 

Singles
Pos. Name YTD Points
1. R. Nadal (ESP) 11,010
2. N. Djokovic (SRB) 7,970
3. A. Murray (GBR) 5,790
4. D. Ferrer (ESP) 4,900
5. T. Berdych (CZE) 3,405
6. J. Martin del Potro (ARG) 3,365
7. R. Federer (SUI) 3,055
8. S. Wawrinka (SUI) 2,925
9. R. Gasquet (FRA) 2,765
10. J. Tsonga (FRA) 2,455
11. M. Raonic (CAN) 2,105
12. T. Haas (GER) 2,085
13. J. Isner (USA) 2,015
14. N. Almagro (ESP) 1,795
15. F. Fognini (ITA) 1,785
16. T. Robredo (ESP) 1,765

 

 

Doubles
Pos. Team YTD Points
1. B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) 12,705
2. A. Peya (AUT) / B. Soares (BRA) 6,185
3. M. Granollers (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) 3,350
4. L. Paes (IND) / R. Stepanek (CZE) 2,990
5. A. Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) 2,695
6. I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) 2,685
7. M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / M. Matkowski (POL) 2,540
8. D. Marrero (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP) 2,250
9. J. Benneteau (FRA) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) 2,220
10. S. Gonzalez (MEX) / S. Lipsky (USA) 2,030
11. M. Mirnyi (BLR) / H. Tecau (ROU) 1,970
12. R. Lindstedt (SWE) / D. Nestor (CAN) 1,965
13. N. Mahut (FRA) / M. Llodra (FRA) 1,515
14. T Huey (PHI) / D. Inglot (GBR) 1,470
15. S. Bolelli (ITA) / F. Fognini (ITA) 1,365
16. J. Murray (GBR) / J. Peers (AUS) 1,355

Bold denotes qualification

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Grand Slam Dream Vanishes as Bryan Brothers Lose in US Open Semis

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(September 5, 2013) The pursuit of a calendar Grand Slam is over for Bob and Mike Bryan. The Bryan bothers lost to Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the semifinals of the US open on Thursday afternoon in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

The loss ended a 28 match winning streak at the majors for the Americans. Before today their last loss at a major was in the semifinals of last year’s Wimbledon to Jonathan Marray of Britain and Frederik Nielsen of Denmark.

The Australian team of Ken McGregor and Frank Sedgman in 1951 is still the only team to win all four tennis majors in a calendar year.

“We’re very disappointed,” said Bob Bryan.  “I mean, as competitors we hate to lose, and we knew what was riding on this match and the opportunity of what we could have accomplished.

“Got that.  And then in one sense it’s, you know, it’s a little bit of a relief where you get to kind of exhale for the first time in a few months.

You know, all this Grand Slam talk has been in the back of our head, and it’s been an honor to be a part of this run with Mike.  It’s been a great 12 months.

“You know, we would have never dreamed it would have been this sweet and we would have scraped out this many close matches.

“Today all that kind luck that’s been on our side went against us.  Those guys played a great match, and, you know, we wish them luck in the finals.  But, yeah, it’s a little bit of a relief.  You know, now we can move on and work on the next run.”

“I have tremendous respect for the boys,” said Paes.  “They are great champions, great ambassadors for the game.

“Just the record that they have even before this year shows how great they are as a team.  What they have done this year is something really special.

“In one context, going out there to play today we knew we were playing for our year.”

“I definitely don’t think this is top 10 toughest moments,” Bob Bryan said.  “The toughest moments have been Davis Cup losses when you know you’ve let your team down.

“I feel like, you know, we haven’t let anyone down.  I mean, I know there is a lot of people following us and a lot of people pulling for us.  Yeah, maybe we have disappointed a few people who wanted this to happen.

“But for us I feel like those Davis Cup losses have been the toughest.  You’re devastated you lost a pivotal point for your country.”

Last year it was the Bryan brothers who stopped Stepanek and Paes in last year’s US Open final.

“I can’t say enough about my partner,” Paes.  “We have got a little bit more work to do this week, but what he has been through this year, both him and I know.  For me that will come with me to my grave, and I will always be with him in his corner no matter where we go in our lives, no matter what we do.

“I think that’s what gives us strength on the court.  As some of you know in the media, Radek had an injury in the Australian Open, went through spinal surgery in his neck, and has got a few little battle wounds right now to show for it.

“He looks as tough as anybody, but the way he’s recovered, the way he’s done his rehab, the way he’s stayed with it, to me, along with some other adversities this year, shows off a great champion that he is.

“Beginning of the year when he got injured I got lots of phone calls to play with other guys, but that’s not what you do.  What you do is you stand by your partner.  I have tremendous belief in him, and he’s really shown that belief coming good.

“So like I said, we’ve got a little bit more work to do this week, but I’m very proud of the partner I share the court with.  He’s probably the best partner I have had.  I really enjoy playing with him.”

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Bryan Brothers Keep Calendar Slam Hopes Alive with Comeback Win at US Open

Bryan Brothers Photo by Kevin Ware

Bryan Brothers Photo by Kevin Ware

(September 1, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – The dream of a calendar Grand Slam is still alive for brothers Bob and Mike Bryan, but on Sunday in the third round of the US Open they had a scare from the Canadian pair in Daniel Nestor and Vasek Posposil.

The Beyans, defending champions were down a set and a break against the Canadians on before pulling out a 6-7 (1), 7-5, 6-2 win.

After losing the first set the Bryan Brothers did something that had not done in three years – switched sides.

“It’s a pretty big deal,” Mike Bryan said of switching receiving sides.  “It’s a pretty big deal because we just never practice the other way.  I have only taken a few deuce court returns in the last three, four years.  I don’t see it very often.

“We’re not very comfortable with our second shots.  We’re not used to poaching with our backhand volleys in the middle.  But when you’re desperate, you kind have nothing to lose just because we didn’t have much hope the other way.

“We have done it against Nestor in the past.  You know, we switched up with him in the Aussie Open final and it worked a few times against him.

“It was Bob’s idea.  He just came up to me.  He’s like, You want to switch?”

he was creating some incredible angles in the deuce court wide, and he was serving the lefty T, so it felt like the box was huge.

“I thought I would have a little bit better chance in the ad where he would have to come right down the T to my backhand, and if I slid around I would get more forehands,” said Bob Bryan.

“It ended up working out, but, yeah, it was just a desperate cal.  I mean, we were feeling a little bit hopeless on the return games, and throwing in a switch like that sometimes is a psychological advantage.  You know, the physical game plan worked to our advantage.”

The Bryans are attempting to become the first men’s double’s team in the open era and first since 1951 to achieve a true Grand Slam by winning all four majors in the same year.

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Bryans To Finish No. 1 In Year-End ATP Doubles Team Rankings For Record 9th Time

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Photo by Kevin Ware

PONTE-VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA, U.S.A. — American brothers Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan have clinched the year-end No. 1 Emirates ATP Doubles Team Ranking for a record ninth time and for the fifth consecutive season.

The 35-year-old twins were guaranteed the year-end No. 1 ranking after winning their 25th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Never before has a team clinched year-end No. 1 this early in a season. Cincinnati was their 10th title of an outstanding 2013 campaign, which has seen them triumph at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon, making them the first team in tennis history to hold all four majors and the Olympic gold medal at the same time.

They were also champions in Sydney, Memphis, Indian Wells, Madrid, Rome and Queen’s, as well as finalists at Houston and Monte-Carlo.  Beginning in Madrid in May, they compiled a remarkable 25-match winning streak, which eventually came to an end in the Montreal quarter-finals in August.

They now go to the US Open looking to become the first team in the Open Era to win the calendar Grand Slam. Not since Ken McGregor and Frank Sedgman in 1951 has a team won all four Grand Slams in a season.

“To clinch the year-end No. 1 ranking this early in the season is a dream come true,” said Bob. “It’s always our ultimate goal starting out each season and this will give us great confidence going into New York. There is still a lot of tennis left and we want to keep our foot on the gas.”

Together with Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, the Bryans are one of only two teams to have won every Grand Slam title as well as an Olympic gold medal. They have won the most doubles team titles in the Open Era with 92, and Mike has the most individual titles with 94.

They also finished as the ATP World Tour No. 1 Doubles Team in 2003, ’05-’07 and ’09-12. As individuals, Mike has been ranked No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings for 342 weeks and Bob for 333.

The Bryans are bidding to crown their season by winning the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the fourth time, adding to titles in 2003-04 and 2009. They have qualified for the eight-team season finale for the 11th straight year (2003-2013) and 12th time overall (also 2001).

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ATP WORLD TOUR YEAR-END NO. 1 DOUBLES TEAM

Year Player
2013 Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan
2012 Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan
2011 Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan
2010 Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan
2009 Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan
2008 Daniel Nestor/Nenad Zimonjic
2007 Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan
2006 Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan
2005 Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan
2004 Mark Knowles/Daniel Nestor
2003 Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan
2002 Mark Knowles/Daniel Nestor
2001 Jonas Bjorkman/Todd Woodbridge
2000 Todd Woodbridge/Mark Woodforde
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Bryan Brothers Withdraw From Atlanta and Rain Dampens Qualifying

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By Herman Wood

(July 20, 2013) ATLANTA, GA – The BB&T Open got underway today in Atlanta, even though Mother Nature had some say, as the afternoon was interrupted by rain.  As of this writing, the first round of qualifying was still underway.  Four players will advance to the main draw.  From the University of Georgia, Nathan Pasha was unable to get by Mitchell Frank, of the University of Virginia, despite winning the first set.  Frank advanced, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.   Georgia Tech graduate Kevin King advanced over Jimmy Wang 7-6(4), 1-0, retired.  Robby Ginepri and Donald Young, both locally connected players, also advanced to the second round of qualifying.

 

The tournament experienced a significant loss in the withdrawal of the Bryan Brothers from doubles.  Atlanta is a serious doubles town as it is the home of the Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association, a league built primarily on doubles play as part of a team.  Bob cited a recurrence of a left shoulder injury.  “We regretfully have decided not to play in Atlanta next week.  We feel badly as we have lots of friends and fans in the Atlanta area and would have loved to have seen everyone.  We need to take some time off to allow our bodies to recuperate.”  Though the need for rest is understandable and the brothers were far from alone in taking time off or even withdrawing from a commitment, perhaps the posting of a video horsing around with Dirk Nowitzki on a basketball court might not have been.  The video can be seen at: http://www.whosay.com/bryanbros/videos/381145?wsref=tw


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In their statement, they did indicate that they hope to return next year.  Tournament director Bob Bryant said “The Bryans are both dedicated professionals and I know this decision was not taken lightly.”

 

A planned doubles exhibition that was to feature the Bryans is still on at 7 PM Monday night with a “Brodown”.  Ryan and Christian Harrison, James and Thomas Blake, and Jack and Eric Sock will play ten point match tiebreaks in an exhibition.  Georgia Tech “brothers” Juan Spir and Kevin King will fill in the fourth spot and have received a wild card into doubles.  They were roommates for three years and have the most doubles wins in the school’s history.  Wimbledon finalists Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo will get the top seed in doubles and will play the Harrisons in the first round.

 

A final wild card was also announced today for singles, going to a former University of Tennessee star, Rhyne Williams.  He was a finalist at the 2011 NCAA division I tournament.  His top professional result was a semifinal appearance at this year’s Houston event.

Herman Wood is in Atlanta covering the BB&T Open for Tennis Panorama News, follow him on twitter at https://twitter.com/hermanewood

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