Double trouble for NB

World Team Tennis

The Bryan brothers help Kansas City Explorers hand Newport Beach its fourth straight loss in front of sold-out crowd.

July 13, 2011|By Matt Szabo,
(Kevin Chang / Daily…)

NEWPORT BEACH — Mike Bryan said it's been a whirlwind.

That might be the best way to describe a month that has featured Bryan and his twin brother Bob capture their second Wimbledon men's doubles title, then play Davis Cup, and now settle in for a lengthy tour as marquee players in World Team Tennis.

Many people don't even use their first names; just saying "the Bryan brothers" suffices. The best doubles team in the world — arguably of all-time — came to Newport Beach on Wednesday night, playing for defending league champion Kansas City.

The Breakers didn't have enough to get a much-needed win, losing the match, 23-17, at a sold-out The Tennis Club Newport Beach.

It's the fourth straight loss for the Breakers (3-5), who fell to fourth place in the five-team Western Conference.

The Bryan brothers, originally from Camarillo, tied the record for team Grand Slam men's doubles titles (11) by winning at Wimbledon. Yet they're just as at home in the WTT format, playing their seventh straight year for the Explorers.


"We hate to lose," Bob Bryan said during a pre-match press conference. "If we do lose, we'll be pissed off. It doesn't matter what it is, Scrabble at home or WTT."

But the youngest Explorer was the one who sealed the deal for Kansas City (3-4). Madison Brengle, 21, beat Anne Keothavong for the second time in two weeks, 5-2 in women's singles. That came after the Bryan brothers edged Lester Cook and Travis Rettenmaier, 5-3, in a very entertaining men's doubles set.

"The margins are small," Rettenmaier said. "When you play against those guys you have to be so sharp. The most slight mistake, they expose it. But I actually thought we hung in there pretty well. We had a chance at three-all to get a break, but it was fun. It was high-quality; I'm pretty sure all four players enjoyed it."

The match didn't start well for Newport Beach in men's singles. Cook had a 4-2 lead on Alex Kuznetsov, and a 3-0 lead in the game on his serve. But he couldn't convert four set points and would eventually lose the set in a tiebreaker.

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