NEW YORK – For their 100th tournament title, the Bryan brothers broke out a new victory celebration.
Not that they planned it this way. The twins were so excited to win their first Grand Slam championship in more than a year that they botched their signature chest bump at Sunday’s U.S. Open final.
Mike wound up leaping into Bob’s arms after they beat 11th-seeded Spaniards Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 6-3, 6-4.
“I don’t think we have ever done this kind of ‘Dirty Dancing’ swan dive,” said Mike, who faulted his brother for not lifting off. “That was a first.”
“You felt light as a feather,” Bob teased him.
Nothing was going to faze them after they tied a record with their fifth U.S. Open men’s doubles title. Richard Sears and James Dwight also won five – back in the 1880s.
The Bryans now own the Open-era mark, moving ahead of Bob Lutz and Stan Smith. It’s also the brothers’ 16th major championship, extending their record.
“I was having flashbacks to my whole career towards the end of that match,” Bob said. “It was wild. I was thinking juniors, college.”
They played their first tournament at age 6 in Agoura Hills, California, when they faced each other in the novice singles final and won the doubles. The trophies have piled up since: NCAA championships, Olympic gold medals.
But the top-ranked Bryans hadn’t celebrated one of these Grand Slam titles since the 2013 Wimbledon.
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