Bryans Show Their True Colors in 2012...
With a flair for the patriotic, Bob & Mike Bryan captured their most significant triumphs of 2012 by winning the Olympic gold medal in London, following up with their record-breaking 12th Grand Slam doubles championship at the US Open, and adding two more Davis Cup wins.
Mike Bryan leaped into his twin's arms after they completed a career Golden Slam by earning
the gold medal in the Olympic doubles, beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra of
France 6-4, 7-6 (2). The Bryans become the third doubles team ever to win a career
Golden Slam joining Mark Woodforde-Todd Woodbridge and Serena and Venus Williams,
both of whom achieved the feat in 2000.
Now holding the most men’s Grand Slam doubles titles in the history of open tennis, the
Bryans broke the record previously held by Woodforde-Woodbridge.
The 2012 season was off to an auspicious start Down Under with a win in Sydney followed
by a runner-up finish at the Australian Open. Opportunistically, Bob was able to rush home
from the finals in Melbourne to see the birth of his daughter Micaela in Sunny Isles, FL on January 31.
At not quite four months of age, Micaela had her first taste of victory in
Monte Carlo posing in the championship trophy when Dad and Uncle Mike
won their 20th ATP Masters Series doubles event and their fourth
Monte Carlo crown.
The pattern set in Sydney followed in Nice with a win followed by another Grand Slam final at the French Open.
Setting the stage for the Olympics, Mike and partner Lisa Raymond won the mixed doubles at Wimbledon.
With all the world’s best players competing in singles and doubles in the Olympics at Wimbledon, the Bryans proved that the third time is the lucky charm, taking the gold medal over the French team of Michael Llodra and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-4, 7-6. And Mike and Lisa took the bronze medal in the mixed for back-to-back trips to the podium.
In their next tournament, still basking in the Olympics afterglow, Bob and Mike won their 21st ATP World Tour Masters title at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.
Their season and their stellar career were highlighted with their historic
straight set US Open win over Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek, 6-3, 6-4.
It was a fitting revenge to the twins’ finals loss to the same pair in Australia.
By capturing their fourth US Open title, the Bryans tie the legendary
doubles pair Bob Lutz-Stan Smith for US Open wins, and they took
ownership of their position as the winners of the most Grand Slam doubles
in men’s open tennis history. They stand tied with the great team of
Tony Roche-John Newcombe for the all-time number of doubles Grand
Slam championships. 2012 marked the ninth straight year that the Bryans
have won at least one Grand Slam championship.
With their capstone tournament win in Beijing in October, the Bryans clinched the year-end No.1 for the eighth time and were the Fans’ Favorite team for the eighth consecutive time since the award has been given.
With no time to waste, Bob headed home to spend time with wife Michelle
and daughter Micaela, while Mike rushed back to Camarillo, CA
where his bride-to-be Lucille Williams was waiting with open arms.
On Saturday, November 24, with a small group of close friends and
family in attendance at an intimate ceremony in Santa Barbara, CA
at the Biltmore Hotel, Mike and long-time girlfriend Lucille were wed.
Among their friends were Mardy Fish and Justin Gimelstob, and
performing with Bob was James Valentine, of Maroon 5 fame.
A romantic honeymoon in Costa Rica for Mike and Lucille
followed by exhibitions in Brazil, and another year-to-remember
comes to a close with Micaela’s first visit from Santa Claus.