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The Last Time The Bryan Brothers Didn’t Play A Grand Slam Together

This is what was happening in the world the last time the Byran Brothers didn’t play in a grand slam tournament together.

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Next week will mark an end of an era for doubles specialists Mike and Bob Bryan and their unique place in grand slam history.

On Thursday it was confirmed that Bob will miss Roland Garros as he continues to cope with an injury sustained during the Madrid Open. The 40-year-old injured his hip after landing awkwardly during the final of the tournament, forcing him to retire from the match. Twin brother Mike will continue playing in the tournament alongside Sam Querrey.

The withdrawal ends the run of 76 consecutive Grand Slam appearances by the Bryan brothers. It concludes in the City (of Light) where their streak began 19 years ago, in the last century. Just one fact to illustrate why the doubles pairing are regarded as one of the greatest of all-time.

Once upon a time, in 1999, arguably the most successful doubles pairing of all-time travelled to Paris to compete in their first ever Roland Garros tournament. Unfortunately, their stay in the French capital was shortened by Jonas Bjorkman and Patrick Rafter who sent Bob and Mike to pack up in the second round. The Bryans needed four more trips to France to claim their first ever Grand Slam title (of the record 16) in 2003. Without dropping a set, they defeated the defending champs Haarhuis/Kafelnikov.

Throughout one of the most remarkable streaks in tennis, their resume speaks for itself: 116 career titles, of which 16 of those occurred at Grand Slam level. In the majors they have contested 333 matches, winning 273 of those. This equates to a 81.98% winning percentage.

Their record Slam run will stand for many decades, if not forever. To put into perspective the longevity of the doubles pairing. This is what was happening in the world during the first year they started their Grand Slam run back in 1999.

– The euro as currency was established,
– The Mars Polar was launched by NASA,
– U.S. President Bill Clinton was acquitted in impeachment proceedings,
– The president of Russia was Boris Yeltsin,
– Former Warsaw Pact members Hungary, Poland and Czech joined NATO,
– Shakespeare in Love was awarded as Best Picture at the 71st Academy Awards,
– The movie Gladiator was shot between January and May,
– NATO launched air strikes against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, marking the first time NATO has attacked a sovereign state,
– The Melissa worm attacked the internet,
– The Dow Jones closed above the 10,000 mark for the first time,
– Bill Gates’ became the wealthiest individual in the world,
– Britney Spears (Baby one more time) and Cher (Believe) were on the music hit list,
– Actors such as Oliver Reed (Proximo in Gladiator) and George C. Scott (Patton) passed away,
– JFK Jr. died in a plane crash,
– Fred Trump (Donald Trump’s father) died,
– Bill Talbert , Hall of Fame tennis player, 8 time US Open champion in doubles passed away,
– Cici Bellis and Denis Shapovalov were born.

And one more significant thing occurred during that year:
– Roger Federer also played at his first Grand Slam (as the Bryans) at French Open!

Article written by Andras Ruszanov 

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Hubert Hurkacz Undergoes ‘Knee Procedure’ Ahead of Olympic Bid

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Poland’s top player on the ATP Tour is not giving up on his dream of winning a medal at the Olympic Games despite recently undergoing a medical procedure.

World No.7 Hubert Hurkacz suffered a knee injury during his second round clash at Wimbledon against France’s Arthur Fils. In the fourth set tiebreak of their clash, Hurkacz dived for a shot but landed badly on his knee and required on-court medical attention. He then played two more points before retiring from the match. 

In a social media post published on Wednesday, the  27-year-old confirmed he underwent a procedure on his knee earlier this week but didn’t provide any further details.  Although Hurkacz has stated his intention to play at the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris, where the tennis event will be held on the clay at Roland Garros. 

“I had a knee procedure this Monday, but I’m feeling better already and my team and are dedicating extensive time each day to the rehab process.” He wrote on Instagram. 

“It’s a dream for every athlete to represent their country at the Olympics, and I want to make sure I am fully fit and ready before making the final decision to step on court. The aim is not only to participate, but to win a medal for my country.”

So far this season Hurkacz has won 34 out of 48 matches played on the Tour. He won the Estoril Open in April and was runner-up to Jannik Sinner in Halle. 

The Olympic tennis event is scheduled to begin a week Saturday on July 27th. Poland is yet to win a medal in the event but expectations are high with women’s No.1 Iga Swiatek also taking part. 

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Krejcikova Comes Alive With Her Serve To Win 12th Grand Slam Title At Wimbledon

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It must have seemed like the whole world was against her when Barbora Krejcikova served for the match for a third time against crowd favorite Jasmine Paolini.

But Krejcikova was only going for her 12th Grand Slam title. She was well prepared.

So, she released her patented way-out-wide serve to the smallish Paolini’s backhand, and the best the Italian could do was get her racket on the ball enough to return the serve far off the court, long and wide.

ARMS UP FOR A CHAMPION

The weight of the world was gone as Krejcikova threw her arms over her head and calmly walked to the net to greet the Wimbledon runner-up.

Now, Krejcikova was half-way home to a career Grand Slam in singles. She already owns a career Grand Slam in doubles among her dozen Grand Slam titles that also include one mixed doubles Grand Slam title.

She has won the hard ones, the French Open on clay and Wimbledon on grass.

At 28 years old, anything must look possible to this 5-10 Czech.

KREJCIKOVA COMES THROUGH UNDER PRESSURE

Paolini simply was out played in a second straight Grand Slam final, on clay and on grass. Now she faces the real tests, two straight Grand Slam tournaments on hard surfaces that might not be overly friendly to the 5-4 Paolini.

But there it was, a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 victory for Krejcikova on Wimbledon’s famed Center Court.

After what might be called a throw-away second set for Krejcikova, she came alive in the third set, pinning Paolini to the deep corners while nailing low hard-hit balls to both corners.

Krejcikova got off to 40-0 starts on her first four service games of the decisive set and ended all four with service winners to take a 5-3 lead (with the aid of the only service break of the third set). She yielded only one point in those four service games, a double fault at 40-0 that was followed by an ace.

Of course, it was the serve again that saved the day for Krejcikova and gave her set points two and three, then sealed the deal for a spot in Wimbledon history.

James Beck was the 2003 winner of the USTA National Media Award  for print media. A 1995 MBA graduate of The Citadel, he can be reached at Jamesbecktennis@gmail.com. 

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Jasmine Paolini’s Wimbledon Run Hailed By Italian Prime Minister

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The Prime Minister of Italy has praised Jasmine Paolini for lighting up the hearts of others during her Wimbledon run. 

Paolini missed out on her first Grand Slam title to Barbora Krejcikova, who prevailed in three sets to capture her second major trophy. Despite her defeat, she has made history at the tournament by becoming the first female player from her country to reach the final. Until this year, she had never won a Tour-level main draw match on the grass. 

Whilst disappointed about missing out on the biggest title of her career, Italian Premier Giorgia Meloni posted a tribute to Paolini on social media just moments after the final had concluded.

“Proud of Jasmine Paolini,” The Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (ANSA) quotes Meloni as saying. 

“The first Italian tennis player to reach the final of the prestigious Wimbledon tournament. 

“Despite the defeat, you lit up the hearts of the Italian people, succeeding in conveying grit and passion to all of us who supported you”. 

Paolini is the first player ranked outside the top five to reach the final of both Wimbledon and the French Open within the same year since the ranking system was introduced in 1975. She is also only the fourth female player in the Open Era to have reached her first two Grand Slam finals in the same year at Roland Garros and Wimbledon after Chris Evert (1973), Olga Morozova (1974) and Steffi Graf (1987). 

Should she win three or more matches at the US Open later this year, she will also set a new Open Era record for the most Grand Slam wins achieved by an Italian female player in a single season. 

“The last two months have been crazy for me. I want to thank my team, and my family. They always support me and I wouldn’t be here without them. The crowd have been amazing. I received a lot of support. Just incredible to feel the love from them, I enjoy it so much.” Paolini said following her Wimbledon defeat. 

The 28-year-old will rise to a ranking high of No.3 on Monday. 

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