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Para irmãos Bryan, momento é de união entre os tenistas e eles querem um acordo justo

Já estamos no terceiro dia do Australian Open, metade dos jogadores que viajou até o outro lado do mundo já está arrumando as malas para voltar – sim, nestes dois dias 64 homens e 64 mulheres já foram eliminados do torneio – e a polêmica que veio à tona no fim de semana, quando Nadal falou mais do que deveria, continua no ar.

Houve suspeita de boicote dos jogadores no Australian Open (os com ranking inferior queriam mais premiação / não entendam que acham que ganham pouco, mas acham que o que ganham comparado ao lucro que os Grand Slams tem é pouco  e essa discussão é antiga) e paralelamente a isso, depois de reunião do conselho dos tenistas bem quente, Nadal, em uma coletiva de imprensa, afirmou que não concordava com os pensamentos de Federer, de uma maneira não muito gentil. “”Estoy en desacuerdo con él. Es muy fácil decir yo no digo nada, todo es positivo y quedo como un ‘gentleman’ (caballero) y que se quemen los demás” – disse em espanhol.

A declaração pegou a todos de surpresa, especialmente pela imagem de amigos e respeito que sempre houve entre os dois.

Nadal, vice-presidente do conselho dos jogadores, luta por um ranking que tenha duração de dois anos, como o golfe e não de um ano e principalmente por um calendário com mais semanas de descanso, para preservar o corpo dos jogadores.

Federer, sempre mais saudável, não acredita em ranking bienal e acha que este ano, em que já haverá semana a mais de descanso, já foi um grande avanço.

O espanhol chegou a se desculpar depois, dizendo que não deveria ter feito a declaração aos jornalistas e sim diretamente a Federer. Os dois se entenderam, mas o assunto continua sendo notícia e tenho tentado ler tudo o que encontro de qualidade para me aprofundar mais sobre o tema.

O interessante é que Federer, o Presidente do Conselho dos jogadores e Nadal, o vice, parece que tem conseguido discutir assuntos e fazer bom uso do papel que tem. É raro contar com os nomes deles nesta posição. Antes de Federer, por exemplo,Ivan Ljubicic era o Presidente do Conselho.

Entre algumas matérias interessantes que andei lendo, esta foi uma que se destacou, em que os irmãos Bob e Mike Bryan, falam do ocorrido e afirmam que apesar de tudo, os jogadores do circuito nunca estiveram tão unidos.
Reproduzo aqui o texto do jornal australiano The Age, desta quarta, em Melbourne.

 

Players fight for the right to a fair deal

Bob and Mike Bryan

January 18, 2012

It’s hard to sympathise with millionaire tennis stars, but they have a point.

IT CAN get really tough when players start talking publicly about pay and conditions, because it’s not really what the fans want to be hearing about.

They want to see us at their tournaments, they want to see everyone play, and they don’t have much sympathy for our personal lives or our families and friends, which is understandable.

We’re lucky. We travel to great cities, we’re well paid and we have one of the best jobs in the world, so we try not to open our mouths about a lot of that stuff. But we have some interesting times ahead because the players are more united than they have been in a while.

For a long time, it was impossible to get anything done, because all the players wanted different things, but that’s starting to change.

By the end of the year, everyone’s exhausted. We’ve been on tour now for 13 years, and we’ve had three-week off-seasons for that whole time.

Mike has a big house, a pool and a volleyball court that he doesn’t get to use – he just gets the bills, so he doesn’t think he’s getting much bang for his buck there.

This year we’re going to have a few extra weeks off, which is a really smart move by the ATP, because with how things have stood for the last 20 years or so, players haven’t really had a chance to work on weaknesses.

You don’t want to change, say, your serve, and go straight into a tournament. You need some time at home to work on things, to hit the weights hard rather than just try and maintain where you’re at.

Playing so much tennis takes a physical toll too. It puts a lot of pressure on the top guys especially. That’s why Rafael Nadal has been so outspoken, because if he’s going to get back up to No. 1 in the world, he just has to keep playing tennis. He can’t afford to miss any events.

That’s where the rankings system comes into it, because if you get injured, your ranking drops straight away.

Sam Querrey got hurt for three months and dropped outside the top 100. If we’ve had injuries, we’ve kind of had to push through them, take three or four anti-inflammatories before a match and keep playing. And that would be pretty standard, because everyone has something. Nobody’s ever 100 per cent, but they could be with a three- or four-month off-season.

In a perfect world, we’d have the US Open, have the tour finals for the top guys, then shut things down. As far as the rankings go, look at golf: their rankings are done over a two-year period, which means Tiger Woods can take a year off, come back and still be No. 1.

We have a player council of 11 players, and every group of players is represented on that. There’s a couple of doubles players, there’s someone who looks out for the top players, and players for, say, the top 25 and the lower-ranked guys as well. Everyone has someone they can talk to. In the past it hasn’t really worked too well.

Everyone’s had their own agendas. When you’re talking about cutting the schedule, the claycourters don’t want to lose any of their events, and the hardcourt guys are the same.

We have mandatory meetings that every player has to go to – you get fined if you don’t turn up – and the guys on the council get together eight or so times a year, whether they meet or have conference calls and go through what they’re all thinking. The meeting on the weekend was apparently pretty fiery.

But it’s cool that we have Rafa, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic on the council together – the big three. They might not be on the exact same page at the moment, but that’s going to happen. They’re uniting the players and making sure we have a voice.

They don’t need to do it – they’re millionaires, they’re great players and they could just focus on their tennis, but they’re trying to make the game better and take it into the future, and we’re becoming a stronger group because of it. We’re less divided than we used to be, and that will hopefully make it easier for things to get done.

We won’t be around when it happens, but we want things to be better for the young guys coming through in the future.

We have friends who’ve had hip replacements at the age of 40, and we don’t want guys to be limping around when they’re 25.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/sport/tennis/players-fight-for-the-right-to-a-fair-deal-20120117-1q4qg.html#ixzz1jlrW7Qji

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Irmãos Bryan e Bhupati/Paes jogam por recordes na final do Australian Open

Todo mundo está falando agora das finais de simples do Australian Open, Clijsters x Li Na, ou Na Li – como preferirem – e Murray x Djokovic.

Mas, o sábado é dia de final de duplas e tem muitos números e recordes em jogo no embate entre os irmãos americanos Bob e Mike Bryan, que estarão no Brasil na outra semana para jogar o  Brasil Open, e Leander Paes e Mahesh Bhupathi, da Índia.

Depois de terem se tornado os maiores campeões de todos os tempos no ano passado, passando os lendários australianos “Woodies” – Mark Woodforde e Todd Woodbridge, os Bryans podem se tornar, ainda neste ano, nos maiores vencedores de Grand Slams. Atualmente tem 9 títulos, contra 11 dos recordistas “Woodies.”

Só por estarem na final já deixaram todos os outros duplistas da história para trás, em número de decisões de Grand Slam. São 18.

Bhupathi e Paes estão em busca de completar o Grand Slam. Se vencerem o Australian Open, terão os trofeus dos quatro torneios mais importantes do mundo, juntos. A carreira deles é longa e já jogaram com diversos parceiros.

Tudo isso me chamou atenção em um comunicado que recebi da ITF e reproduzo aqui, com todos os recordes em jogo nesta final em Melbourne.

Ah, é a primeira vez que as duplas se enfrentam em 10 anos.

Road to the Final

BRYAN/BRYAN BHUPATHI/PAES

d. Scott Lipsky/Rajeev Ram 63 36 64

1st Round

d. Ivo Karlovic/Dusan Vemic 57 63 60

d. Carlos Berlocq/Pere Riba 76(6) 63 2nd Round d. Feliciano Lopez/Juan Monaco 76(2) 64
d. Benjamin Becker/Michael Kohlmann 75 62 3rd Round d. No. 13 Marcel Granollers/Tommy Robredo 64 46 64
d. No. 6 Jurgen Melzer/Philipp Petzschner 63 76(7) Quarterfinals d. No. 8 Michael Llodra/Nenad Zimonjic 64 64
d. Eric Butorac/Jean-Julien Rojer 63 62 Semifinals d. Max Mirnyi/Daniel Nestor 76(3) 46 63

BRYAN/BRYAN

  • Defending champions Bryan/Bryan are bidding for their 5th Australian Open title following their successes here in 2006 (d. Leander Paes/Martin Damm), 2007 (d. Jonas Bjorkman/Max Mirnyi), 2009 (d. Mahesh Bhupathi/Mark Knowles) and 2010 (d. Daniel Nestor/Nenad Zimonjic). They are contesting their 6th Australian Open final in 7 years, having also been runners-up in 2004 and 2005.

  • The Bryans are today bidding for their 10th Grand Slam title. As well as winning here in 2006-07 and 2009-10, they won 2003 Roland Garros, 2006 Wimbledon and the 2005, 2008 and 2010 US Open. They sit in 2nd place for most Grand Slam doubles titles won by a team in the Open Era.

Most Grand Slam team doubles titles (Open Era)

Rank Team No. of titles
1. Todd Woodbridge/Mark Woodforde 11
2. Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan 9
3= Peter Fleming/John McEnroe 7
John Newcombe/Tony Roche* 7

* also won pre-Open Era titles

  • By reaching the 2010 Australian Open final, the Bryans broke the Open Era record for the most Grand Slam final appearances by a team. They are making their 18th appearance in a Grand Slam final [see table overleaf]:

Most Grand Slam team doubles final appearances (Open Era)

Rank Team No. of finals
1. Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan 18
2. Todd Woodbridge/Mark Woodforde 15
3. Peter Fleming/John McEnroe 10
Bob Lutz/Stan Smith 10
5. Mark Knowles/Daniel Nestor 8

  • Bryan/Bryan’s 2006 Wimbledon victory saw them complete a career Grand Slam of doubles titles. They are 1 of 7 doubles teams to own a career Grand Slam, alongside Frank Sedgman/Ken McGregor, Lew Hoad/Ken Rosewall, Roy Emerson/Neale Fraser, John Newcombe/Tony Roche, Jacco Eltingh/Paul Haarhuis, and Mark Woodforde/Todd Woodbridge.

  • The Bryans have reached at least one Grand Slam final per season every year since 2003.

  • This is the Bryans’ 52nd Grand Slam doubles event, and 12th straight Australian Open. They have played on the tour together for over 15 years, having made their team debut as wildcards at the 1995 US Open.

  • The Bryans won 11 titles in 2010: Australian Open, Delray Beach, Houston, Rome, Madrid, Los Angeles, Toronto, Cincinnati, US Open, Beijing and Basel. They have won a total of 67 titles together. They became the 4th team in the Open Era to register 50 titles or more after Todd Woodbridge/Mark Woodforde (61), Peter Fleming/John McEnroe (57) and Bob Hewitt/Frew McMillan (57).

  • The Bryans finished 2003, 2005-07, 2009 and 2010 as the No. 1-ranked team. They are currently jointly ranked No. 1 on the ATP doubles rankings.

  • Bob or Mike Bryan have also have won 9 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles between them. Mike has won 2 with Lisa Raymond, the 2002 US Open and 2003 Roland Garros, while Bob has won 7 with 6 different partners: the 2003 US Open (Katarina Srebotnik), 2004 US Open (Vera Zvonareva), 2006 US Open (Martina Navratilova), 2008 Roland Garros (Victoria Azarenka), 2008 Wimbledon (Sam Stosur), 2009 Roland Garros and 2010 US Open (both Liezel Huber).

  • Bob Bryan played in the mixed doubles here this year. He teamed up with Liezel Huber and, as No. 1 seeds, they gave a walkover in the 2nd round to wildcards Sally Peers and Carsten Ball.

  • The Bryans became the third brothers to win any Grand Slam event in the Open Era after fellow Americans Luke and Murphy Jensen (1993 Roland Garros) and Sandy and Gene Mayer (1979 Roland Garros). The Bryans are also the most successful brothers in terms of titles won in the Open Era; Tim and Tom Gullikson are the second best with 10 titles.

  • Bob Bryan plays lefthanded and Mike righthanded. They are coached by David Macpherson.

BHUPATHI/PAES

  • Bhupathi/Paes are looking to complete the career Grand Slam of doubles titles. The pair has teamed up at a Grand Slam for the first time since the 2002 Australian Open.

  • Bhupathi/Paes have won 3 Grand Slam titles together at 1999 Roland Garros (d. Goran Ivanisevic/Jeff Tarango) and 1999 Wimbledon (d. Paul Haarhuis/Jared Palmer), and 2001 Roland Garros (d. Petr Pala/Pavel Vizner).

  • This is Bhupathi/Paes’ 6th Grand Slam final as a pair. They reached the Australian Open doubles final together in 1999, losing to Jonas Bjorkman and Pat Rafter, and the US Open final in 1999, losing to Sebastien Lareau and Alex O’Brien.

  • Bhupathi had the chance to complete the career Grand Slam of doubles titles at the 2009 Australian Open. He lost as No. 3 seed (w. Mark Knowles) to today’s opponents in the final.

  • Since 2002, Bhupathi and Paes have teamed up to represent India at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games, the 2006 Asian Games, where they won the gold medal in men’s doubles, and the 2010 Commonwealth Games, where they won a bronze medal in the men’s doubles event. They have played Davis Cup together since 1995 and have a staggering 25-2 win-loss record, their only two losses occurring in 1996. This is the longest winning streak by a doubles team in Davis Cup.

  • Paes and Bhupathi are the only two Indian players to win Grand Slam men’s doubles titles in the Open Era.

  • Bhupathi has won a total of 47 career doubles titles with 12 different partners, 24 of those with Paes.

  • Paes has won 44 career doubles titles with 10 different partners, 24 of those with Bhupathi.

  • In 1999, Bhupathi/Paes reached the finals at all four majors, a feat which had not been accomplished within a calendar year since Ken McGregor and Frank Sedgman reached all four finals in 1952 (winning three). The Bryans are the only other doubles team that has reached the finals at all four majors in one calendar year in the Open Era, doing so in 2005. (The Woodies, from 1996 Wimbledon through 1997 Wimbledon, played in five consecutive Grand Slam tournament doubles finals, winning four.)

  • Bhupathi and Paes are both Grand Slam doubles champions: Bhupathi has won 4 majors, Paes 6:

BHUPATHI PAES
Grand Slam titles (4) Partner Grand Slam titles (6) Partner
1999 Roland Garros Leander Paes 1999 Roland Garros Mahesh Bhupathi
1999 Wimbledon Leander Paes 1999 Wimbledon Mahesh Bhupathi
2001 Roland Garros Leander Paes 2001 Roland Garros Mahesh Bhupathi
2002 US Open Max Mirnyi 2006 US Open Martin Damm
2009 Roland Garros Lukas Dlouhy
2009 US Open Lukas Dlouhy

  • Bhupathi is playing in his 10th Grand Slam final. He played a total of 5 Grand Slam finals with Paes (1999 Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open, and 2001 Roland Garros), 2 with Max Mirnyi (2002 US Open, 2003 Wimbledon) and 2 with Mark Knowles (2009 Australian Open and US Open).

  • Paes is playing in his 13th Grand Slam final. He played a total of 5 Grand Slam finals with Bhupathi (1999 Australian Open, Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open, and 2001 Roland Garros), 1 with David Rikl (2004 US Open), 2 with Martin Damm (2006 Australian Open and US Open) and 4 with Lukas Dlouhy (2008 US Open, 2009 Roland Garros and US Open, and 2010 Roland Garros).

  • Bhupathi completed a career Grand Slam of mixed doubles titles at the 2006 Australian Open. He has won 7 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles in his career with 7 different partners (1997 Roland Garros with Rika Hiraki, 1999 US Open with Ai Sugiyama, 2002 Wimbledon with Elena Likhovtseva, 2005 Wimbledon with Mary Pierce, 2005 US Open with Daniela Hantuchova, 2006 Australian Open with Martina Hingis and 2009 Australian Open with Sania Mirza).

  • Paes owns 6 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles in total – 1999 Wimbledon with Lisa Raymond, the 2003 Australian Open and 2003 Wimbledon with Martina Navratilova, as well as the 2008 US Open and 2010 Australian Open and 2010 Wimbledon titles with Cara Black.

  • Bhupathi and Paes both played the mixed doubles event here. Bhupathi and Anastasia Rodionova gave a walkover in the quarterfinals, while Paes teamed up with Cara Black, losing as No. 4 seeds in the 2nd round to Yung-Jan Chan and Paul Hanley.

Paes won a bronze medal, as a singles player, at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, matching his father’s achievement as part of the Indian field hockey team at the 1972 Munich Olympics. His mother also participated at the same Olympics in

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Bob e Mike Bryan os gêmeos músicos que se tornaram os maiores duplistas da história do tênis

O título do Farmer’s Classic, o ATP de Los Angeles, deu aos irmãos gêmeos Bob e Mike Bryan, neste domingo, um lugar na história do tênis mundial.

Ao erguerem o 62º troféu da carreira, na 100ª final que disputaram, eles passaram os lendários Woodies, Todd Woodbridge e Mark Woodforde, na lista dos maiores vencedores do circuito mundial.


Eles estavam tentando quebrar o recorde desde março, quando venceram o ATP de Delray Beach e o feito veio justamente em casa, na Califórnia.

Talvez jogar o torneio de Los Angeles, disputado nas quadras da UCLA, com uma sensação de um torneio familiar, em que todos te fazem sentir bem e em casa, era o que eles precisavam para encontrar a tranquilidade para bater a marca de 61 títulos dos “Woodies,” que há poucas semanas entraram para o Hall da Fama.

Mark Woodforde estava em Los Angeles e assistiu a vitória dos gêmeos. Elogiou a parceria e disse que eles vão ganhar muito mais ainda.

O próximo recorde a ser quebrado pela dupla é o de Martina Navratilova e Pam Shriver, que tem 79 troféus juntas.

“Quando começamos nunca imaginamos quebrar o recorde dos Woodies. Eram o Everest para gente,” afirmou Bob.

Maiores represententas da categoria na última década, Bob e Mike deram nova cara ao jogo de duplas. Extrovertidos, músicos nas horas vagas, com disco gravado, patrocinados por grandes empresas como a K-Swiss, Oakley, Prince, entre outras, os Bryans não deixaram a bola cair nas duplas, pelo contrário, deram maior valor e visibilidade à disputa.

Com o recorde quebrado, o tênis ganhou espaço novamente na grande mídia mundial.

Selecionei aqui alguns links de matérias interessantes  que saíram sobre eles, as duplas e o recorde, incluindo a entrevista que a Tennis View fez com os dois, na edição 104.

Bryans on court with Pat Cash, no programa Open Court da CNN. http://bit.ly/ccANgS

Champions and Saviors – Peter Bodo – http://bit.ly/cCBhjL “The Bryans brought an entirely new level of dedication and passion to doubles, serving as competitors as well as advocates and impresarios. Their extreme work ethic and unapologetic zest for the game opened eyes and demanded respect as well as attention. Thus, when tennis officials toyed with the idea of emasculating doubles to the point where the game would be nothing more than tournament filler, the Bryans led the charge to save doubles. Their record and commitment to doubles cloaked them with credibility—and gave them a platform—that could not be ignored by men like Etienne de Villiers, who became the ATP tour CEO at a bleak time for doubles, in 2005.”

Bryans Take Rocky Road to Record Win http://bit.ly/b0gENm

“Well-known for their chest bumps after closing out big wins, the Bryans were a bit more enthusiastic Sunday. After Mike put away match point on an overhead smash, he and Bob both dropped their rackets, with Mike jumping into his brother’s arms.”

Entrevista da Tennis View com Bob e Mike Bryan – http://bit.ly/cFRRi3 “Sempre, desde cedo, viajamos com os nossos instrumentos musicais e tocávamos com amigos nas festas dos torneios, ocasionalmente, em eventos de caridade e depois que o David Baron cantou, em 2008, no Jantar de Gala de Caridade que fazemos todos os anos, decidimos tentar gravar o disco. Nos divertimos tanto fazendo esse album em Los Angeles…”

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