US OPEN 2013
Bryans Aiming For Calendar Slam At US Open
New York, U.S.A.
by Josh Meiseles|
With 10 titles already under their belts, a 15th Grand Slam championship etched into the record books and the year-end No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings clinched, Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan find themselves on the precipice of yet another significant accomplishment in 2013.
As they open their US Open campaign on Thursday, the most accomplished doubles tandem in history will embark on a historic title defence, attempting to capture the calendar Grand Slam. Having already won at the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon, the Bryans could become the first doubles team to win all four majors in the same year in the Open Era.
“It’s a great opportunity,” said Bob. “There will be a little pressure, but we always deal with pressure. It’s something that we’re used to and I think we really relish the chance to go for it.”
US Open champions in 2005, ‘08, ‘10 and ‘12, the California natives are in the midst of their best season on the ATP World Tour, boasting a 54-7 match record which included a 25-match winning streak. As their list of achievements continues to grow in 2013, the Bryans remain hungry for more and are never satisfied.
“It’s been a great year. Obviously we’re happy the way it’s gone,” said Mike. “We’re healthy. We’ve never had so much confidence at this point in the season. Ten titles. Statistically it’s off the charts for us, but we’re never satisfied. We’re gunning for the (US) Open and we want to finish the year strong…We have another six events and we don’t want to lose any of them.”
Having posted a 22-2 record in Flushing Meadows since 2007, the Bryans thrive on the support from the home crowd. With the calendar Slam on the line, they cherish the opportunity to achieve such a feat on home soil. “We’ll have the home crowd behind us which will help,” said Bob. “There’s no better place to do something this great than the great city of New York.”
When asked about their place in history in comparison to legendary duo Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge, the Bryans were humble in response. “The Woodies set the bar way out there,” Bob exclaimed. “We never dreamed we would be touching some of their records. They played such a sweet game of doubles…It’s not easy seeing some of your records drop, but they’re always the first to congratulate us. They call, they text, which is really classy.”
At 35, the twins are not slowing down anytime soon. Their sights are already set on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
They begin their quest to repeat in New York with a first round matchup against Argentines Federico Delbonis and Leonardo Mayer on Thursday, and would face the American-Danish pair of Eric Butorac and Frederik Nielsen in the second round.