Bob and Mike Bryan (above).
The Bryan brothers won their 62nd ATP doubles title Sunday at the Farmers Classic on the campus of UCLA, breaking the record of 61 held by the Australian team of Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge–a record largely believed unbeatable in tennis circles.
The Bryans tied the Woodies by winning their 61st title together this spring in Madrid, but then disappointed at the French Open and Wimbledon, unable to add to their total of 8 major doubles crowns–an area where both the Woodies, with 11 majors, and John McEnroe and Peter Fleming, with 9, still hold an edge over the Bryans. The team of McEnroe/Fleming won 57 titles together, and are widely regarded as the best team of all time.
We should make mention of Roy Emmerson, the legendary Australian great who won 16 doubles majors with a collection of partners, and who also won 12 singles majors, currently third behind Roger Federer and Pete Sampras.
In the men’s singles rankings for America, there was little movement inside the top 100. “Unfortunately” for Sam Querrey, the big man did not move up because he won LA last year as well, so by the convoluted ATP rankings system, Querrey only did enough to maintain his world # 20 by defending his points, and he had to win in order to do that.
Female American great Lindsay Davenport, who has always been an excellent doubles player, and who has won several singles titles since giving birth a few years ago, won the doubles title with Liezel Huber, an American by way of South Africa, who has 4 major doubles titles partnering with Zimbabwe’s Cara Black. We should also mention that Huber and Bob Bryan won a major together, taking the mixed crown at Roland Garros in 2009. As for Davenport, she has won 3 singles majors (Australia, Wimbledon, and U.S.), and 3 doubles majors (French, Wimbledon, U.S.), with long time partner Corina Morariu, who now does fine work for The Tennis Channel.
Davenport will be in action this week in San Diego, as will be the Bryans, at the Legg Mason championships in Washington D.C.