Bob and Mike—popularly referred to as the Bryan brothers on the skilled tennis tour and considered the best doubles pair within the sport—have been for a change watching the US Open on tv, having introduced their retirement days previous to the event.
The equivalent twins felt surreal watching a Grand Slam finishing in a near-empty Arthur Ashe Stadium amid the pandemic and will just think about the vitality of the group including to the ebb and movement of the topsy-turvy last set and tie-breaker of the Dominic Thiem-Alexander Zverev conflict on Sunday.
“You’ve seen over the years how crowds have driven some of the finals to insane levels,” Bob stated in a chat on Monday. “I would’ve been interested to see how the crowds would’ve reacted to what we saw in the final yesterday. It was high drama. I was feeling the nerves for those guys, both going for their first Slam wins.”
The brothers themselves performed in 20 Majors earlier than they lastly held the primary of their record 16 Slam doubles titles on the 2003 French Open. The duo may thus relate to how Thiem, who’s performed his justifiable share of ready within the queue earlier than successful his maiden singles title, felt. Now that the 27-year-old Austrian has bought his first title, Mike believes anticipating a change of guard after the dominance of the ‘Big Three’—Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer—is lifelike.
“I think he (Thiem) is one of the hardest working guys on the tour. I mean watching him in the gym, he literally kills himself for hours and hours. And all that work finally paid off,” Mike stated. “I think they both saw a huge opportunity with none of the ‘Big Three’ in there, but he’s a Grand Slam champion now and no one can take that away from him.
“This is maybe a changing of the guard. Now that he’s got that monkey off his back, I’m sure he’ll play a lot looser in Grand Slam finals. I don’t think he played his best match maybe because of all the weight of expectations. Now it releases all that pressure. The same thing happened with Bob and I—it took a few years for us to get that first Grand Slam but once we did, we found that formula. Everything becomes a little easier then.”
This distinctive US Open was additionally as a lot concerning the new males’s singles champion in six years because it was concerning the coming of age of Naomi Osaka, on and off the court docket.
The 22-year-old Japanese-American not just stamped her standing as the way forward for girls’s tennis with a new-found calmness and maturity in her game but in addition proved a task model along with her activism over Black Lives Matter.
She received hearts and captured world consideration by sporting seven completely different masks in every of her matches bearing the names of victims of racial injustice and police brutality within the US. Bob applauded her for standing up for what she really believed in.
“She’s a great role model,” Bob stated. “She stands up for what she believes in. She conducts herself great on the court and she has an exciting game to watch. A lot of kids can really look up to her. And she’s just getting started; she’s got many great years ahead of her. I think she’ll become more consistent now. And all the stuff she did with the activism and the Black Lives Matter, it was a strong message that she put out there. Massive respect for standing up for what she believes in.”
(Interview courtesy Sony Pictures Sports Network)