Bryans Claim Record Sixth Delray Beach Crown

  • Posted: Feb 23, 2020

Bryans Claim Record Sixth Delray Beach Crown

Americans retain title at ATP 250 event

Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan ended their final Delray Beach Open by campaign in familiar fashion on Sunday, lifting the trophy for a record-extending sixth time after a 3-6, 7-5, 10-5 victory against Luke Bambridge and Ben McLachlan.

The top seeds, who will retire following this year’s US Open, broke serve late in the second set and charged to victory in the Match Tie-break after 82 minutes. Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan claimed each of their three tournament victories in Match Tie-breaks this week.

“It’s amazing to win this title again in our back yard,” said Bob Bryan. “I have been staying at home and I got so much friends and family here. They kept us fighting and they kept us focused. Those are the people that have your back.”

In an interesting tactical change, the brothers switched sides in the opening set with Mike Bryan playing in the deuce court and Bob Bryan in the Ad court. After losing the opening set, the defending champions reverted to their traditional sides before claiming the trophy.

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This is the third time that Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan have won back-to-back titles in Delray Beach. The American twins also lifted the ATP 250 trophy in 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2019.

“We were down most of the match. The other team was outplaying us for over an hour,” said Bob Bryan. “Had it been any other place, it would have been easy to lay down. But here, they kept us in it until we got a little bit of luck.”

Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan have now won six tour-level events on six occasions as a team. The 41-year-old brothers also own six team crowns in Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Monte-Carlo and at the Australian Open.

Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan own 119 doubles titles from 178 tour-level finals as a pairing. The twins have now won at least one ATP Tour title as a team for 20 consecutive years.

“It’s cool [to win an ATP Tour title in 20 consecutive seasons]. It makes us feel old, but it makes us feel great that we can win and be this consistent over 20 years,” said Mike Bryan. “It feels like we are unscathed here, we won our last match in the city. We are always going to have pretty awesome memories coming to Delray.”

On Tuesday night, Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan collected another prize at this event. To mark their 13th and final appearance in Delray Beach, the Florida residents were awarded the key to the city in honour of their positive impact on the tournament.

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Bambridge and McLachlan were attempting to collect their second team title of the season. The British-Japanese pairing earned its maiden ATP Tour crown at last month’s ASB Classic in Auckland. Bambridge and McLachlan were competing in their second match of the day, after Saturday rain forced their semi-final match to be played on Sunday morning.

Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan receive 250 FedEx ATP Doubles Ranking points and split $34,100 in prize money. Bambridge and McLachlan gain 150 points and share $17,480.

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