No. No. No. No.
Wait. One more.
Okay, I feel better now. A little bit. Kind of.
Words. I need to use words.
I know that there are a lot of people–some who won’t be named but who run this site with me–who don’t like the Bryans. And I can kind of get it. I mean, to each their own. They win a lot, which I admit is an attribute that I am not usually drawn to. They are a little bit in-your-face, which, again, is something that I usually find off-putting. They also always match. Which … ew.
But. I LOVE THE BRYANS. Love them. Adore.
It’s probably because I came into the hardcore tennis world as an Andy Roddick fan. Therefore, I loved the American Davis Cup team. Therefore, I was obsessed with the Bryans because of all the winning they did on said team.
But throughout the years, I began to appreciate them on their own accord. They are so dedicated to the sport. They’re really nice. They get better with age.
And, let’s face it, they brought us Micaela:
— Micaela Bryan (@MicaelaBryan) January 26, 2013
— Micaela Bryan (@MicaelaBryan) May 14, 2013
As was well-documented, they were going for history here at the US Open. They won the Australian Open, the French Open, and Wimbledon. Dating back to last year’s gold medal and US Open, it was quite a streak.
But they needed this year’s US Open to complete that all-elusive Calendar Slam, which hadn’t been done in doubles since 1951.
Well, they didn’t get it. Not only did they lose, but they lost to Paes and Stepanek, who are about as well-liked in tennis circles as the time violation rule.
They lost after being up a set. They lost after getting one break back and evening things up in the second. They lost even though they were going for history because life, well, you guys, it just isn’t fair.
And what did they do after they lost such an important match? They waved to the crowd. They signed autographs. They held their heads up high.
CLASS. (Again, not usually a plus for me.)
In all seriousness though, Paes and Stepanek played phenomenal tennis for the last half of the match, and thoroughly deserved to win. And afterwards, they were surprisingly classy in their post-match interview with BG. They were the spoilers, the villains, the underdogs–but perhaps they’re not pure evil. (Hey, I’m trying to not let my overwhelming bias consume me.)
I just wish they hadn’t done that stuuupid little dance. UGH. You know the one I’m talking about.
Truthfully, the Bryans got tight. That’s understandable.
Mike Bryan says that knowing they were just 3 winning sets from the Slam 'made every point little tougher'
— Matt Cronin (@TennisReporters) September 5, 2013
I’m just disappointed. For them, for me, for doubles, for history, for all of it.
Still, I suppose three majors in one year, and four in row, isn’t too shabby.
Plus, they can still do this:
Anyone else love the Bryans? Or even hate them? Is anybody else sad? Let’s discuss.