Bryan brothers win Wimbledon doubles title
The American twins beat Fabrice Santoro of France and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 to complete a career Grand Slam.india Updated: Jul 09, 2006 12:13 IST
Bob and Mike Bryan won the Wimbledon doubles title on Saturday to complete a career Grand Slam. The American twins, chest-bumping and hugging after key points, beat Fabrice Santoro of France and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2.
It was the brothers' seventh consecutive appearance in a Grand Slam doubles final. They won this year's Australian Open and last year's US Open. They also won the 2003 French Open.
"We've been thinking about this career Slam since we won the US Open and the Australian back-to-back," Mike Bryan said. "This was the last one to get."
The 28-year-old brothers have appeared in every Grand Slam doubles final since the 2005 Australian Open.
Only two teams have won the career Grand Slam in doubles in the Open Era since 1968 - Jacco Eltingh and Paul Harhuis of the Netherlands, and Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge of Australia.
When the match ended on Saturday, Bob Bryan hit a ball into the crowd, Mike jumped into Bob's arms and the brothers hugged several times before being presented with the sterling silver Challenge Cup.
"He's the big one, I always jump on him," Mike Bryan said. "He's sturdy. He's 20 pounds (9 kilograms) more." He said the Wimbledon win probably meant more than their home win at the US Open.
"It's going down with all the legends on that board," he said. "Everyone knows about Wimbledon. It's going to be pretty sweet to say, 'We're Wimbledon champions.' "
The Bryans broke twice in the final set.
"We got kind of lucky, Nenad missed a couple volleys that he wouldn't usually miss," Mike Bryan said.
"We just made him play and we won a couple of reflex points. Then got that double break, the security break. Once we got that ... our energies went up through the roof. We could just smell that Wimbledon title and we went hard at the end."
The Bryans provided seven members of their fan club, the Bryan's Bunch, with tickets to the Centre Court match.
Tiffany Reuschel of Kalamazoo, Michigan, was among the crew, wearing a lime green T-shirt with a Bryan brothers crest on it that resembles the Wimbledon crossed-racket logo.
"I went to watch when they were 15 and I was 12," Reuschel said. "I turned to my dad then and said then that these guys are going to be No. 1 someday. I've been following their careers ever since."