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Brothers stand atop podium in London

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Bob and Mike Bryan add Olympic gold medals to their long list of accomplishments. Photo Courtesy Bob Bryan
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan won the men’s doubles tennis gold medal on Saturday at the London 2012 Olympics.

The top seeds—graduates of Rio Mesa High School—defeated second-seeded Frenchmen Michael Llodra and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 7-6 (2) in 88 minutes on Centre Court at the All England Club, Wimbledon.

Timothy Tsun Tink Fok, an IOC member from Hong Kong, and Juan Margets, vice president of the International Tennis Federation, presented the medals in an on-court ceremony. France’s Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet won the bronze medal earlier in the day.

“This is the biggest win of our career right here,” said Bob Bryan. “It’s unbelievable.”

Mike Bryan said, “To play on Centre Court at Wimbledon and win the gold medal is a dream come true. We could stop tomorrow and we got a big smile on our face for the rest of our lives.”

He dedicated the gold medal to his parents, Wayne and Kathy.

“This one is dedicated to you guys. We love you. Mom, thanks for all the hard lessons every day. . . . Dad, you ran the best clinics.”

The Bryans capitalized on a slow start by their French opponents to break Tsonga at 30 in the first game, after forcing them into several volley errors.

At 4-3, Mike Bryan came under pressure on serve. But the right-hander fought back from 15-40 and saved five break points. Bob Bryan withstood a stern examination of his volleying skills at the net.

Bob Bryan went on to clinch the 39-minute first set with a hold at 30. Llodra and Tsonga had hit 18 winners to 10 winners for the Bryans, but the French pair were left to rue missing out on six break-point opportunities.

The quality of the match improved in the second set, with each player hitting a high percentage of first serves, pouncing on the slightest of short balls and not giving away any chances at the net.

In the tiebreak, the Bryans took a 4-1 lead after they won both of Tsonga’s service points. Their greater experience and clinical volleying helped them capture the gold medal after Llodra netted a forehand volley to end the 88-minute encounter.

Bob Bryan said, “(Match point was) a blur. All I remember, I was in the corner throwing up a lob, trying to hang in there somehow. I know we were up 6-2 in the breaker, but you lose that one and things start to get a little tight.”

Mike Bryan also partnered with Lisa Raymond to win the bronze medal in mixed doubles on Aug. 5.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Bryans won the men’s doubles bronze medal.

The twins join Australians Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde as the only pairs to win multiple medals in the men’s doubles event since tennis returned to the Olympic Games in 1988.

Overall, the United States has won the men’s doubles event four times, equaling Great Britain for most gold medals in the event.

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