CHENNAI: The ATP World No. 1 doubles pair of Bob and Mike Bryan from the U.S. have confirmed participation in the $450,000 Chennai Open scheduled here from January 5 to 11. The world’s best duo clinched their sixth Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open this year. The Bryan brothers will be playing for the first time in Chennai. Between 2005 and 2006, they set an Open era record of competing in seven consecutive men’s doubles Grand Slam finals, winning three of them.

Superb record

The Bryans have won 49 tour titles (including 13 ATP Masters Series titles), completing a career Grand Slam with victories at the French Open (2003), U.S. Open (2005, 2008), Australian Open (2006 and 2007), and Wimbledon (2006). They also won the Tennis Masters Cup doubles tournament twice (2003 and 2004). They also won the 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medal. The twins are also part of the United States Davis Cup team, with a 14–2 doubles matches win-loss record.

Confirming their participation, Bob and Mike Bryan said, “We were always looking forward to visiting India and what better way than to play at the first tournament of the year in Chennai. The tournament has grown in stature over the years so we decided to participate this year. We hope we can make a winning start to 2009,” they said.

A matter of pride

Fernando Soler, Head - IMG Tennis Worldwide and Tournament Director, Chennai Open said “It is always a matter of pride to have the world’s top-ranked players play in the Chennai Open.”

V. Narayanan, President, Tamil Nadu Tennis Association (TNTA) said, “This is indeed a special moment in the 14-year history of the tournament. The doubles matches at the Chennai Open have always been a great hit and I am confident that the Bryans will create a lasting impression.”

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