04 Jan Bryan Brothers Keep Rolling in Delray
There was little reason to forget that Bob and Mike Bryan are two-time defending champions Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com. In fact, there was very little about their form that would have indicated they are recently retired as they raced to a 6-4 6-3 win over Tommy Haas and Jesse Levine in just over an hour.
The Bryans, six-time winners of the ATP 250 title in Delray Beach, are making their Champions Tour debut here this week. The victory pushed their “Team Bryans” to 2-0 lead on opening night of the tournament.
In August, the Bryans announced their retirement from pro tennis following a career in which they won a record 119 titles together. Their win at Delray Beach last February came in their final ATP Tour event.
In the opening match, Johan Kriek and Mark Merklein put the first point on the board for Team Bryans with a 6-4 2-6 (7-2) win over Luke and Murphy Jensen, captains of Team Jensen.
Levine and Haas will be back in action Tuesday afternoon, not before 2:30 p.m., taking on Wayne Ferreira and Mikael Pernfors.
In the night session, the first singles match of this year’s event features Robby Ginepri making his Champion’s Tour debut against Levine. The night closes with the Jensens back in action as they face Ferreira and Pernfors, who will be pulling double duty.
The Bryans will battle the Jensens in the final ATP Champions Tour match on Wednesday.