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US Open Diary: Bob Tosses Medal, Novak Thanks Fans

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Bryan© Getty ImagesBob Bryan tossed his Olympic gold medal into the stands to a friend.

ATPWorldTour.com takes a look at the news and talking points at the US Open on the second Friday.

Bob Launches Medal Into Stands
Following his US Open title victory with twin brother Mike over Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek, Bob Bryan threw his Olympic gold medal into the stands… to his friend Sean. “That was my buddy from Miami. He has good hands,” Bob said. “If he wasn't an athlete, I wouldn't have thrown it to him, but he's a coordinated guy.”

Read Bryans Tie All-Time Major Team Titles Record

Super Saturday Starting Early
Not wanting to take any weather-related risks of play being delayed, the USTA has altered the usual Super Saturday schedule. Gates will open at 10am with matches starting right at 11am. Traditionally, play begins at noon, but the latest forecast predicts a chance of showers hitting Flushing Meadows in the afternoon.

Novak Thanks His Fans
Upon seeing a video put together by numerous fans around the world, who’ve created the #NoleFam hastag on Twitter, Novak Djokovic showed his gratitude for the montage.

@DjokerNole: “And my #nolefam put a smile on my face again w/ this video :) Thank you, I was touched! http://goo.gl/iI7As #BestFansInTheWorld”

Knowles Calls It A Career
Mark Knowles announced his retirement from professional tennis on Friday. The 41-year-old won four Grand Slam titles (three men’s, one mixed), held the No. 1 ranking for 65 weeks and lifted 55 trophies. “I still have a love for the game and enjoy the thrill of competition and feel that I could still win a few more titles,” says Knowles. “However, the title that has become the most important to me over the last few years is that of being the best husband and father to my family. I have truly been blessed and want to shift my focus full time to my wife and kids.”

Watch Knowles Reflect On Decision To Retire
Read ‘Knowles: One Door Closes, Another Opens’

Tweet Of The Day
@dusanVemic: “@Bryanbrothers @Bryanbros @MicaelaBryan Congratulations on 12th Grand slam doubles title!!!! Great tennis players Better people IDEMOOO!”

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