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pierce0415
Dec 8th, 2006, 05:59 PM
Bryan twins bump it up a notch

Baltimore Sun (http://www.topix.net/redir/loc=off-hosted-page/http=3A=2F=2Fwww.baltimoresun.com)
By Sandra McKee
December 07, 2006
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They're such boys on the court, they make me laugh.



Mercantile Tennis (http://www.topix.net/tennis) Challenge It came in the last game of the set - the Bryan brothers' famed chest bump.

It came after a point in which each brother had made a terrific play. Bob made the first, keeping the ball in play with an amazing backward backhand on what looked like a winner. Mike made the next, splitting Mardy Fish (http://www.topix.net/tennis/mardy-fish) and Robby Ginepri (http://www.topix.net/tennis/robby-ginepri) with a winning, driving volley deep into the middle of the court.
Mike looked at Bob, and Bob at Mike. Smiles burst out. A hand slap. And then, the leap into the air for the bump.
The crowd of more than 5,000 at 1st Mariner Arena for Pam Shriver's Mercantile Tennis Challenge laughed and applauded in appreciation.
'They're good, really good,' said Fish, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist, after he and Ginepri had lost, 8-4, in the pro set. 'I played them in Los Angeles and you come off the court not believing how you lost. ... I mean, we'd played well, but you just say, 'God, they're really good.' '
Ginepri was equally enamored, admitting he even likes watching them practice.
'They do all these quick drills with their hands that are amazing,' he said. 'They just always know what the other is going to do.'
Last night, it showed as the twins displayed their versatility. In some games it was all about positioning. In others it was about hitting harder than the other guys. In others it was about simply making one more play.
And some of it happened so fast it was hard to see the ball - like on the third point of the first game. Ginepri hit a slow-moving, high return that appeared headed deep into the service box or the backcourt, but the ball suddenly came back at him at the speed of sound when Mike Bryan cut it off at the net with a leaping slam-dunk.
'I thought it was great tennis by all four of us,' Bob Bryan said.
'I hope the fans had a great time,' Mike said. 'Pam did a great job putting this event together.'
'And we look forward to coming back and doing this again,' Bob said.
This is the 21st year of the event that raises money for children's charities in Baltimore. It has raised more than $4 million over the years, and last night a check for $225,000 was presented to the Baltimore Community Foundation for distribution.
The evening began with Fish, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist in singles, and Ginepri, a rising American currently in the top 50, playing an eight-game pro set in the Northrop Grumman Legends Match that Fish won, 8-6, with a break in the last game.
The pro set is won by the player who wins eight games. If the score is tied 8-8, the set is decided by a tiebreaker.
In the Orioles (http://www.topix.net/mlb-players/brian-roberts) Challenge, Martina Navratilova teamed with her U.S. Open (http://www.topix.net/tennis/us-open)-winning doubles partner, Bob Bryan, to beat Lindsay Davenport (http://www.topix.net/tennis/lindsay-davenport) and Mike Bryan, 6-4. Afterward, each Bryan brother teamed for one game with Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts against Navratilova and Davenport - the score is unimportant, but Mike Bryan caused a stir by hitting a ball into Navratilova's chest. After a sincere apology, play continued.
Navratilova, who retired after she and Bob won the U.S. Open mixed doubles title in September, said she is having a wonderful time playing in celebrity and charity matches now that the pro pressure is off.
A night like last night, she said, is especially fun when it allows her to play with and against the Bryans.
'They're just so great,' Navratilova said. 'They're such boys on the court, they make me laugh.'
And they leave their opponents happy, too.
'It's fun playing them no matter what,' Ginepri said. 'No one else is doing the chest bump.'
Said Fish: 'They're obviously a good team. But now, let's play them in singles and see what happens.'
• NOTE // At the end of the evening, host Shriver presented Navratilova with a birthday cake and champagne in honor of her 50th birthday, and the crowd sang 'Happy Birthday.' sandra.mckee@baltsun.com

pierce0415
Dec 8th, 2006, 06:00 PM
Linds :help:
when are you ever going to win an exhibition match?

.Andrew.
Dec 8th, 2006, 06:17 PM
Well done, Martina/Bob!!! Lindsay/Mike :hug:

:inlove:
Dec 8th, 2006, 06:48 PM
The title says 63, but the report says 64. :confused:

Drake1980
Dec 8th, 2006, 07:09 PM
Martina:kiss: Wish you'd play Aus. Open!!

Lindsayfan32
Dec 8th, 2006, 08:31 PM
Linds :help:
when are you ever going to win an exhibition match?

Lighten up Pierce0415 there only meant to be a bit of fun.

jazar
Dec 8th, 2006, 08:47 PM
bahrami and fleming did the chest bump at the blackrock masters doubles, repeatedly.
anyway, good match, very xciting

brent-o
Dec 8th, 2006, 09:33 PM
haha at Ginepri's comment. They're the only ones, really?

The Daviator
Dec 9th, 2006, 12:38 AM
Linds :help:
when are you ever going to win an exhibition match?

Well, what do you expect, she hardly gives a damn about her singles, so you think she's gonna win an exhibition :p :lol:

!<blocparty>!
Dec 9th, 2006, 12:41 AM
Well, what do you expect, she hardly gives a damn about her singles, so you think she's gonna win an exhibition :p :lol:

SNAP. :fiery: I wanted to be the first one to say that!

But yeah, Lindsay doesn't care about her tour matches half the time, I'm sure she's not losing sleep over this doubles loss.

hurricanejeanne
Dec 9th, 2006, 01:07 AM
Lindsay showed up, looked cute, played, didn't get hurt, and picked up her check.
It was a good night. :p

But yeah, Lindsay doesn't win exhibitions.

Wannabeknowitall
Dec 9th, 2006, 01:11 AM
Lindsay showed up, looked cute, played, didn't get hurt, and picked up her check.
It was a good night. :p

But yeah, Lindsay doesn't win exhibitions.

Well it still would have been nice, she hasn't won anything in over a year.

hurricanejeanne
Dec 9th, 2006, 01:16 AM
Well it still would have been nice, she hasn't won anything in over a year.

I know, but, I don't (at least I try not to) put a lot of value on exhibitons. And the scoreline isn't too bad.

!<blocparty>!
Dec 9th, 2006, 01:25 AM
I hope Lindsay joins the McDonald's tour.

So we can laugh.

Wannabeknowitall
Dec 9th, 2006, 01:27 AM
I know, but, I don't (at least I try not to) put a lot of value on exhibitons. And the scoreline isn't too bad.

Yes. It's only 23 days until the new season of tennis, technically 22 since a new season will start on the 31st where I am, and I'm frustrated.
I have no real sign of Lindsay being able to bring it except her willingness to play.
I need some good news.
Was Lindsay in great shape? Was she trying anything new?
Was she moving well? Did she look like she was having fun?

The Daviator
Dec 9th, 2006, 01:29 AM
Yes. It's only 23 days until the new season of tennis, technically 22 since a new season will start on the 31st where I am, and I'm frustrated.
I have no real sign of Lindsay being able to bring it except her willingness to play.
I need some good news.
Was Lindsay in great shape? Was she trying anything new?
Was she moving well? Did she look like she was having fun?

There are pictures in TOP :)

hurricanejeanne
Dec 9th, 2006, 01:39 AM
Yes. It's only 23 days until the new season of tennis, technically 22 since a new season will start on the 31st where I am, and I'm frustrated.
I have no real sign of Lindsay being able to bring it except her willingness to play.
I need some good news.
Was Lindsay in great shape? Was she trying anything new?
Was she moving well? Did she look like she was having fun?

You're frustrated and I'm starting to get nervous. Really nervous.
Judging by the pictures she looks to be in good shape, she hasn't gained weight or anything. She did seem to be having fun though.

I know she wants to keep playing, I just hope she has the gut desire to win and rebuild this late in her career.

!<blocparty>!
Dec 9th, 2006, 01:43 AM
Lindsay only just started practicing recently... after her last exo with them old guys she said she 'felt great' and was going to resume practice late November.

SelesFan70
Dec 9th, 2006, 01:44 AM
Why was the article acting aghast that Navartilova was hit in the chest with a ball? :rolleyes: It's part of doubles even in exhibitions. :rolleyes:

Wannabeknowitall
Dec 9th, 2006, 02:05 AM
Why was there article acting aghast that Navartilova was hit in the chest with a ball? :rolleyes: It's part of doubles even in exhibitions. :rolleyes:

Because intelligence with tennis when it comes to Baltimore ended when Pam Shriver retired? :angel:

RJWCapriati
Dec 9th, 2006, 03:57 AM
Well, what do you expect, she hardly gives a damn about her singles, so you think she's gonna win an exhibition :p :lol:

:lol: :lol: :lol:

mike/topgun
Dec 9th, 2006, 05:49 PM
Originally Posted by Wannabeknowitall
Yes. It's only 23 days until the new season of tennis, technically 22 since a new season will start on the 31st where I am, and I'm frustrated.
I have no real sign of Lindsay being able to bring it except her willingness to play.
I need some good news.
Was Lindsay in great shape? Was she trying anything new?
Was she moving well? Did she look like she was having fun?
I share your doubts, but don't we expect too much basically?

Andrew..
Dec 9th, 2006, 10:07 PM
I hope Lindsay joins the McDonald's tour.

So we can laugh.
It's the next logical step.