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oakkao
Jun 26th, 2006, 02:30 AM
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Hi everyone. It's Mike blogging today. We'll mix it up during the Wimbledon 'fortnight' to keep you on your toes. Bob will make his first post Monday.

We've settled into a three-bedroom apartment about a 10 minute walk from Wimbledon village and we've set up our music studio in the garage. The biggest problem so far is that our neighbors have a six-month-old baby. The other night we were wailing it and they were pounding on the door telling us to shut up but it was so loud we couldn't even hear them. But we've come to a compromise. We can go for it all we want during the day and we keep it down at night.

This is a different apartment to the one we had last year, which was even nicer. But we scratched the floor with the amplifier and the piano so we can't go back there. We had to pay $2500 for a new floor to make good. This place isn't bad... it's not huge but it's got three bedrooms and has wireless internet, which we need, and cable, so we've been watching all the big World Cup soccer games. We were looking at another house which was a lot bigger but they had pets. We've already been struggling with hay fever over here so we didn't want to make our allergies even worse.

Between the two of us our per diem doesn't quite cover the cost of the apartment, which runs us about US$550 to US$600 a night. So we're coming up a little short but we're both playing mixed - Bob with Venus and me with Corina Morariu - and hopefully we'll make up a little of the shortfall there. My girlfriend is also coming in to stay so we'll get her to cook a few meals to save us some cash!

When we got here we went to AC music and rented a piano, guitar and a PR system and we have the garage rigged up pretty sweet. The garage isn't sound proof - there are a couple of holes in the garage so the sound penetrates the walls. And we like to crank it up! Andy said he could hear us from the bottom of the street as he was walking up the other day. We've been practicing a lot since we've been here and we have a gig on Wednesday night. We could be drawn to play on Thursday but we go on at 7.30 and we'll just bust out 10 songs and then get back to the apartment.

Andy's been coming over and listening to our music and we're trying to get him to make a cameo at the gig. But he needs to step out of his comfort zone with 'Ice, Ice, Baby.' We've been rehearsing some new material including Eminem and 8 Mile. Glenn Weiner has been here the past couple of hours - he has a great voice.

We're staying pretty close to Andy - we're in the same little subdivision. We had a poker game the other night at Andy's house with the American guys including Mardy, James, Todd Martin and Scott Humphries. I took Andy out in the first five minutes of the game but John Roddick ended up winning the game.

For dinner we just have a 10 minute walk up the hill from our apartment to the restaurants. Our favorite is the Thai Tho - we've been making a lot of take-out runs. Usually the loser of a card game will walk up the hill to get it. We've been having a lot of red curries and green curries. For breakfast we've been meeting Andy each day at Giraffes. I've been going for a full English breakfast of two fried eggs, sausage, bacon, potato wedges and baked beans. They also specialize in fruit smoothies and we've been going for the papaya fruit smoothie: mint, lime and banana. It's called the Giddy Giraffe.

Oh, in the photo of us you'll also see Raj Chaodhuri, who coaches Corina Morariu, Lisa Raymond and Jill Craybass. He's from California and is one of our buddies who loves to sing. Also in the photo is our trainer, Eric Wilkinson, who sings and plays guitar.

Talk to you tomorrow

Mike

Taken from his ATP Blog :bounce:

oakkao
Jun 26th, 2006, 02:31 AM
He says it in the 4th paragraph :o


YAY Venus! :boucne: I definitely think these two could win! :hearts:

Cat's Pajamas
Jun 26th, 2006, 02:32 AM
:woohoo: Excellent Choice Venus! :woohoo: I'm so exicted for all this :woohoo:

:banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:

darrinbaker00
Jun 26th, 2006, 02:33 AM
Which one is Bob, the lefty or the righty?

MrSerenaWilliams
Jun 26th, 2006, 02:34 AM
Well now Venus only need 3 more slams for the Career super slam!

cartmancop
Jun 26th, 2006, 02:35 AM
Hooray!! Smart choice for both Vee & Bob... He can for sure help her get that mixed title :)

Cat's Pajamas
Jun 26th, 2006, 02:35 AM
Them two have got to be the heavy favorite to win now :shrug:

pav
Jun 26th, 2006, 02:37 AM
Bugger Bob the Bepa deserter:fiery:

vw.
Jun 26th, 2006, 02:41 AM
OMG, thats SICK!!!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

G_Slammed
Jun 26th, 2006, 02:41 AM
Bob B is the twin with the GOOD serve, right? It better be, or they won't make it far.

40-0
Jun 26th, 2006, 02:42 AM
well smart move by venus, bob will give her some free classes, its gonna help venus game a lot!

Cat's Pajamas
Jun 26th, 2006, 02:45 AM
Bob B is the twin with the GOOD serve, right? It better be, or they won't make it far.

Yes he has a faster serve than Mike but I think he's the righty :scratch: not sure, anyways it's gonna be great!

and Bob is blogging tomorrow so he'll prob talk more about it tomorrow :bounce: can't wait to read more :yippee:

Marcus1979
Jun 26th, 2006, 02:48 AM
awesome :) :yeah:

btw has Venus ever won mixed doubles at Wimbledon before

I know she has won doubles with serena a couple of times

Venus Forever
Jun 26th, 2006, 02:49 AM
I'm glad Venus is playing Mixed, and Bob Bryan should definitely be a great partner for her. Hopefully they'll win. I just wish ESPN would actually air one of their matches, which is definitely not going to happen.

GO VENUS AND BOB!!

:banana: :bounce: :yippee:

PS, I think Bob is the lefty, no??

vw.
Jun 26th, 2006, 02:50 AM
Ya, Bob is the Lefty for sure.

venus_rulez
Jun 26th, 2006, 02:52 AM
Awesome! Good luck Venus and Bob!

Cat's Pajamas
Jun 26th, 2006, 02:54 AM
they should be a top 4 seed with his doubles ranking right?

darrinbaker00
Jun 26th, 2006, 02:58 AM
Ya, Bob is the Lefty for sure.
I took the novel approach of looking it up on the ATP website, and Bob is, indeed, the lefty with the huge serve. I just hope that, miracle of miracles, there aren't any rain delays, because Venus may have to bail on Bob if there are.

Cat's Pajamas
Jun 26th, 2006, 03:01 AM
I think they usually try to schedule you to where you don't have to play different events on the same day and if you do then they schedule with a lot of time in b/w so they shoullld be fine! I hope :)

oakkao
Jun 26th, 2006, 03:04 AM
awesome :) :yeah:

btw has Venus ever won mixed doubles at Wimbledon before

I know she has won doubles with serena a couple of times
I don't think she has. I know she has 2 Mixed Doubles titles, and Serena has the other 2. :)

cruisepops
Jun 26th, 2006, 03:05 AM
i would like to see a federer-clijsters vs. nadal-henin doubles wimbledon match.
maybe a charity match or something

Marcus1979
Jun 26th, 2006, 03:05 AM
where has she won Mixed at before anyway?

darrinbaker00
Jun 26th, 2006, 03:06 AM
I think they usually try to schedule you to where you don't have to play different events on the same day and if you do then they schedule with a lot of time in b/w so they shoullld be fine! I hope :)
But when it rains, all bets are off. If she wins a quarter or semi one day, and has two mixed matches scheduled the next day, guess what? Bye-bye, Bob.

Cat's Pajamas
Jun 26th, 2006, 03:08 AM
where has she won Mixed at before anyway?

she won the Aussie Open and the French Open with Gimelstob in 98

and the same year Serena won Wimbledon and US Open with Mirnyi :D

darrinbaker00
Jun 26th, 2006, 03:09 AM
where has she won Mixed at before anyway?
Venus won Australia and Roland Garros 1998 with Justin Gimelstob; they beat Serena and Luis Lobo (remember him?) in the Roland Garros final. Serena replaced Lobo with Max "The Beast" Mirnyi, and they won Wimbledon and the US Open that same year.

Cat's Pajamas
Jun 26th, 2006, 03:09 AM
But when it rains, all bets are off. If she wins a quarter or semi one day, and has two mixed matches scheduled the next day, guess what? Bye-bye, Bob.


well let's just hope the rain is good to Venus!

K-Dog
Jun 26th, 2006, 03:12 AM
I'll tell ya one thing, they are going to be one hard team to break, esp if Venus is serving well. They'll bring a lot of energy to mixed and this will def. help Venus a lot in singles.

SelesFan70
Jun 26th, 2006, 03:12 AM
But when it rains, all bets are off. If she wins a quarter or semi one day, and has two mixed matches scheduled the next day, guess what? Bye-bye, Bob.

:unsure:

akosijepoy
Jun 26th, 2006, 03:26 AM
Yay! I'm excited for this! :D

darrinbaker00
Jun 26th, 2006, 03:32 AM
I'll tell ya one thing, they are going to be one hard team to break, esp if Venus is serving well. They'll bring a lot of energy to mixed and this will def. help Venus a lot in singles.
They'll also be hard to pass or lob over at net. Also, since Venus is used to returning 120 MPH serves (thanks to practicing with what's-her-name), it won't be easy for their opponents to "pick on the girl." ;)

dreamgoddess099
Jun 26th, 2006, 04:21 AM
Venus playing mixed is super great, she plays sooo much better when she plays doubles. She's talking like she has big plans for this Wimbledon, it'll be interesting to see what she pulls off.

oakkao
Jun 26th, 2006, 04:23 AM
Venus :bowdown:

LucasArg
Jun 26th, 2006, 04:29 AM
Go Venus, win the mixed too! :yeah:

VeeReeDavJCap81
Jun 26th, 2006, 04:38 AM
If she's playing with one of the Bryan brothers, I'm glad it's Bob. He's the bigger of the two and has a great serve.

charmedRic
Jun 26th, 2006, 04:39 AM
allez!

darrinbaker00
Jun 26th, 2006, 04:42 AM
If she's playing with one of the Bryan brothers, I'm glad it's Bob. He's the bigger of the two and has a great serve.
You make it sound as if Mike is the Art Garfunkel of the team... ;)

K-Dog
Jun 26th, 2006, 04:44 AM
You make it sound as if Mike is the Art Garfunkel of the team... ;)
Well of the two, Mike is the weaker player. His serve gets broken too much and he doesn't have the power that Bob does. Mike tends to crack under pressure moreso as well.

Marcus1979
Jun 26th, 2006, 04:44 AM
I find it interesting how much accomodation is
$500-$600 a day:eek: :scared:

darrinbaker00
Jun 26th, 2006, 04:45 AM
Someone has to ask this question, so it may as well be me. Will Bob and Venus do the Bryan Chest Bump? :hehehe:

darrinbaker00
Jun 26th, 2006, 04:48 AM
Well of the two, Mike is the weaker player. His serve gets broken too much and he doesn't have the power that Bob does. Mike tends to crack under pressure moreso as well.
You make it sound as if Mike is the Andrew Ridgeley of the team... ;)

Kenny
Jun 26th, 2006, 05:01 AM
Yay! Go Venus!

Bitter Blue Bong
Jun 26th, 2006, 05:15 AM
Someone has to ask this question, so it may as well be me. Will Bob and Venus do the Bryan Chest Bump? :hehehe:

:haha:

dreamgoddess099
Jun 26th, 2006, 05:15 AM
Someone has to ask this question, so it may as well be me. Will Bob and Venus do the Bryan Chest Bump? :hehehe:
I don't see why not, WNBA players do it. :lol:

santhuruu
Jun 26th, 2006, 05:15 AM
Very Good Venus!

pav
Jun 26th, 2006, 05:19 AM
Someone has to ask this question, so it may as well be me. Will Bob and Venus do the Bryan Chest Bump? :hehehe:

I hope Bob tries to bump with Venus :eek:
and she accidently knees him in the penis :devil:
he dumped my favourite russian :sad:
so his privates need a crushin':fiery:

Drake1980
Jun 26th, 2006, 05:20 AM
Wow:eek: They'll be tough!

Cat's Pajamas
Jun 26th, 2006, 05:22 AM
I hope Bob tries to bump with Venus :eek:
and she accidently knees him in the penis :devil:
he dumped my favourite russian :sad:
so his privates need a crushin':fiery:

How ironic, as soon as Vera starts getting better she gets dumped :lol: :o

Nabalonge
Jun 26th, 2006, 05:45 AM
I'm happy to see she'll be playing doubles. Hopefully when Serena returns they can incorporate that in as well.

kyk710
Jun 26th, 2006, 06:21 AM
Did Mike name-drop Roddick enough ??

Tennisation
Jun 26th, 2006, 06:29 AM
:lol: I think the one time mention of the girlfriend is a coverup for Mike's long term underground relelationship with Andy Roddick, even he can't help but mention Andy like 20 times.

TomTennis
Jun 26th, 2006, 07:21 AM
Wow...its great to hear. I think Venus may accidently smash a serve into his back when they are playing for letting this one slip out the bag (it sounded as though Venus wanted to tell people, when she mentioned that she has three lined up and couldnt choose :lol: )


....but I bet they will have fun together, and hopefully win!!! :bounce: :worship: :hearts: :drool:

henmanhill
Jun 26th, 2006, 09:25 AM
they should be a top 4 seed with his doubles ranking right?
I doubt it because venus doesn't have a doubles ranking any more as she hasn't played for so long. When Martina Navratilova played with Bob at the French Open she was ranked about 21 in doubles and his ranking was 1. They were seeded 6 for the mixed.

I suspect they will be unseeded which means they have every chance of meeting the top seeded pair early on - which I'm sure that team will relish!

Viktymise
Jun 26th, 2006, 09:52 AM
I doubt it because venus doesn't have a doubles ranking any more as she hasn't played for so long. When Martina Navratilova played with Bob at the French Open she was ranked about 21 in doubles and his ranking was 1. They were seeded 6 for the mixed.

I suspect they will be unseeded which means they have every chance of meeting the top seeded pair early on - which I'm sure that team will relish!
I think Vee can use her singles ranking, i heard something bout that

TomTennis
Jun 26th, 2006, 09:56 AM
Yeh that is true.

To try and promote mixed doubles to the top players, they can use there singles rankings.

I think they will be seeded in the top 8, like last year Venus/Knowles were seeded 8.

henmanhill
Jun 26th, 2006, 10:10 AM
Yeh that is true.

To try and promote mixed doubles to the top players, they can use there singles rankings.

I think they will be seeded in the top 8, like last year Venus/Knowles were seeded 8.
I think you're thinking of the men's doubles. At Roland Garros Mauresmo and Santoro were unseeded.

Chance
Jun 26th, 2006, 10:34 AM
good news:bounce:

Highlandman
Jun 26th, 2006, 10:50 AM
GO VENUS! :bounce:

oakkao
Jun 26th, 2006, 11:22 AM
:banana:

Cariaoke
Jun 26th, 2006, 12:44 PM
please... espn...

show some of their matches. :drool:

:dance: Venus and Bob :dance:

Pureracket
Jun 26th, 2006, 01:46 PM
I just hope that Bryan kid has his act together. With Venus' singles draw, she doesn't need to worry about carrying him too.

kabuki
Jun 26th, 2006, 01:48 PM
OMG! I am ssooooooooo excited!!!

cometz9
Jun 26th, 2006, 02:02 PM
Venus/Bob playing Mixed doubles :eek: :banana: can't wait to see their matches....hopefully

vswfan
Jun 26th, 2006, 02:03 PM
Bob won 2 USO mixed doubles in 03(with Srebotnik) and 04(with Zvonareva)
he is definitely a great player to partner

MH0861
Jun 26th, 2006, 02:05 PM
Great choice for her. We'll probably never get to see them in action on ESPN though. :sad:

Kunal
Jun 26th, 2006, 02:13 PM
cant cover the cost of living??

GracefulVenus
Jun 26th, 2006, 02:14 PM
Great news..............Good luck to both!

new-york
Jun 26th, 2006, 03:24 PM
Nice. Good luck.

Infiniti2001
Jun 26th, 2006, 03:26 PM
cant cover the cost of living??

I too found this strange, considering the pair win many dubs titles :shrug: Meanwhile good Luck to Miss Vee and Mr Bob :p

Paneru
Jun 26th, 2006, 03:27 PM
I think you're thinking of the men's doubles. At Roland Garros Mauresmo and Santoro were unseeded.

Well, this isn't paris & if venus/Mark got #8
last year, Venus/Bob will get the same or
higher this year.

Either way, I'm glad she's playing
and w/a great player! :cool:

MisterMan
Jun 26th, 2006, 03:33 PM
The Bryans are HARD UP FOR MONEY ?!?!?!

Do they have ANY idea how the rest of us live ?

serenafann
Jun 26th, 2006, 03:58 PM
This is great news,it it seemed to really help her last year.

LegionArgentina
Jun 26th, 2006, 04:02 PM
Great choise but i prefer Mike Bryan ˇ

Williams-forever
Jun 26th, 2006, 04:09 PM
This is just great, great news :D I was close at giving up the chance this year :sad: But Venus is tryna win it again, and Bob is a really good choice :D They will be a powerful force in the mixed doubles draw :bounce:

champion88
Jun 26th, 2006, 04:13 PM
cool! great to see venus playing doubles at a slam again! I'm there working whole second week so will hopefully get to see them play some matches :)

darrinbaker00
Jun 26th, 2006, 08:12 PM
I don't see why not, WNBA players do it. :lol:
In that case, he should be very glad he's playing with Venus. Serena would kill him. :devil: Of course, if they have one more day like today, Venus will probably have to bail on Bob.

Denise4925
Jun 26th, 2006, 08:51 PM
I'm glad Vee is playing mixed doubles. This will be good for her singles game. She'll get warmed up faster and the early singles rounds won't pose so much of a problem for her. Bob is a great player, so I hope they do well. :)

V-MAC
Jun 27th, 2006, 06:21 PM
Great to have it confirmed now for sure that Venus is playing the mixed doubles with Bob Bryan unveiled as her partner :) They should make a cracking team :bounce: I just wonder who the two players Venus had to turn down were :confused: I think she made a smart choice though

Yonexforever
Jun 27th, 2006, 07:01 PM
Ok Am I The Only Think Its Odd The Bryan Bros Are Concerened With The Cost Of Their Accomodations During The Fortnight?

I Thought The Tournament Paid For The Hotel As Long As They Remain In The Tournament?

Since They Chose To Rent A House, Shouldnt They Still Be Able To Afford That As A Top Ranked Duo?

tonythetiger
Jun 27th, 2006, 07:08 PM
Is this mixed doubles for Wimbledon? If so, why don't they have a mixed doubles draw on the Wimbledon site?

Paneru
Jun 28th, 2006, 01:19 AM
Is this mixed doubles for Wimbledon? If so, why don't they have a mixed doubles draw on the Wimbledon site?
Simple, the draw hasn't
been made yet. ;)

Direwolf
Jun 28th, 2006, 09:09 AM
when will the MD play?? Thursday earliest or???
Nice choice Vee!! You had to sacrifice Knowles...it was a hard choice....
Good Luck..!! Hope they win...

Beny
Jun 28th, 2006, 09:19 AM
When will be the draw announced?????

santhuruu
Jun 28th, 2006, 10:55 AM
When will be the draw announced?????


That's what I'm wondering too:d

tonythetiger
Jun 28th, 2006, 12:36 PM
Simple, the draw hasn't
been made yet. ;)

Thanks Vronsky, but I'm totally confused. Will they play at Wimbledon this year?