Chat with Mike and Bob Bryan
The Bryan Brothers have won 52 titles together, including seven Grand Slam titles. They have had a strangle hold on the ATP World Tour's No. 1 world doubles ranking for the last several years. In 2005 and 2006, they set a record by competing in seven straight doubles Grand Slam finals, winning three.
The month of March provides a tough schedule for the Bryans. They will be competing in BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif. starting Thursday. Then, once that's over, they play in the Sony Ericsson Open, starting March 25 in Miami. It's a part of "Game. Set. March," the busiest month of tennis in the USA (outside of the U.S. Open).
Send in your questions now, then join the Bryans on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (3:51 PM)
Tennis stars Mike and Bob Bryan will be by at 4 p.m. ET to chat!
Buzzmaster (4:02 PM)
We've got the guys!
Do you guys ever get annoyed with each other? Your brothers, playing partners, you must spen the majority of time together.
Mike Bryan (4:03 PM)
Yeah, the answer is yes. We do get annoyed with each other. We're together all the time. 45 weeks together on the road. WE live together. We share everything. We do get in some fights. We try the best on the court to minimize the fights. That's the reality of being brothers. In the big moments, we put that brother stuff aside. We're getting better at putting that stuff aside over the years. It hurts us once or twice a year.
Bob Bryan (4:03 PM)
Being twins is a little bit different then just being brothers. We have more of a special bond then just being brothers.
Sam (Yorba Linda CA)
Bob, Having won all four majors, Indian Wells may be the biggest tournament you guys have never won. Does that provide some extra incentive this year?
Bob Bryan (4:04 PM)
Definitely. We always try to focus extra hard on the tournaments we haven't won. The last one left is Indian Wells. We're already out in the desert. We're preparing extra hard. We feel that it is our hometown tournament. We want to hold up the trophy at the end of the week.
How hard will this month be for you guys? Playing in two tournaments, back-to-back?
Mike Bryan (4:06 PM)
Yeah, we're prepared for these. We consider them the fifth and sixth biggest tournaments of the year. You get a few days off in between. It's a month of preparing, but you're only playing 10 matches. We're mentally fresh and we have a lot of momentum going into the year. We're looking to knock off Indian Wells and go to Miami to three-peat which we haven't done very often.
Rob (Boston, MA)
Congratulations on your 2009 season to date. Good luck in Indian Wells. This is your year to get that one. Apart from winning each tie, what is your favorite part of playing Davis Cup?
Mike Bryan (4:08 PM)
It's a huge event that we've always wanted to play in. It's bigger then playing for yourself, you're playing for your country. It's a big week. We love playing in front of the US fans. It injects energy into our matches. We treat each match like a Grand Slam. We treat each match like it could be our last.
Bob Bryan (4:08 PM)
It's really a rush playing in front of such a vocal crowd. I think the highs and lows are magnified in the Davis Cup. Luckily we've won more then we've lost. Every win is extra sweet because you get to share it.
Julio W, Manchester, TN
With all that you've accomplished, what are the remaining goals for your careers?
Bob Bryan (4:10 PM)
We definitely start out with goals at the beginning with each year. THat's peaking for the big ones. The Slams and Davis Cup matches. Even though we've done a lot in tennis we want to continue to win and do it over and over. We know there are areas in our game that we can make stronger and stronger. We want to be one of the best teams of all time. Hopefully we'll look back on our career and have a ton of titles.
Sam (Yorba Linda, CA)
What advice would you give as to how to get along on the court, for those of us that can't help but get discouraged when a party is playing subpar?
Mike Bryan (4:11 PM)
The key is you have to be positive. You always have to be complimenting your partner. If I get on Bob, his play suffers. You can't think about anyone's misses on the court. You ahve to think about the positives.
Bob Bryan (4:11 PM)
Sometimes you have to act. Sometimes you're feeling discouraged with your partner. But sometimes you have to put on a happy face and act.
Mike Bryan (4:11 PM)
Less is more. When I feel like I could say something about Bob's game, I don't say it. He doesn't like to take any criticisms, so I keep my mouth shut.
So has it always been doubles for you two? I mean with so much accomplished in doubles have you guys ever considered singles?
Bob Bryan (4:13 PM)
No. We both played singles growing up. Pretty successful junior players and college players, but we always had more fun in doubles. Being able to share the wins and trophies. Once we went in doubles, we didn't look back. Playing Davis Cup is the biggest thing we wanted to do. With Agassi, Sampras, Roddick around, there wasn't much of a chance for us on the team as singles. We would much rather have this niche we've created in doubles and be on top of the world.
what is the one thing you focus on most when playing a match
Mike Bryan (4:14 PM)
If we're playing a doubles match, it's keeping our energy high. We wnat to keep jacked up. Tactically, we want to focus on a high first serve percentage. And going in we usually have a gameplan going in. We're focusing on that. Just letting our shots go and being aggressive. We don't want to play it safe.
Do yall have any pre-match rituals?
Bob Bryan (4:15 PM)
We have a ton of rituals and superstitions. It's rituals that get you through the tight times in the tournaments. It's eating the same breakfast, listening to the same song, showering in the same shower. We're pretty superstitious out here and when we're going we don't like to change things up.
Justin (Spanish Harlem, NY)
Which Slam city is your favorite to be in for restaurants, night life, and sightseeing?
Mike Bryan (4:16 PM)
Right now, my favorite is the Aussie Open. We stay at the Crown Casino. It's basically a city within a city. You don't have to leave. They have practice courts. There's a beautiful river going through it. At this point in our lives, that's my favorite. I used to like New York, but there's too much hustle and bustle there. I'm getting a little older now. I like to get to bed early.
bigger for March, tennis or basketball?
Bob Bryan (4:18 PM)
Well, in our world, it's all about the tennis. But in the lockerroom, all the players get in a March Madness pool. The players are all keeping an eye on basketball, but we'd all like to win out on the tennis court then the MArch Madness pool.
Mike Bryan (4:18 PM)
Thanks a lot for doing this. Thanks to all the fans for supporting the game. We're excited for Indian Wells and Miami. It's March Madness for tennis.
Bob Bryan (4:19 PM)
Thanks to everyone for signing on and chatting and supporting us and supporting doubles. It will be a good month of tennis.
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