17 Feb BRYAN BROTHERS SET TO MAKE FINAL APPEARANCE
Tournament celebrating Bryan Bros. throughout the event at their 13th DBO
FEBRUARY 17, 2020, DELRAY BEACH, FL – Today, the Delray Beach Open by VITACOST.com (https://yellowtennisball.com/) announced a special tournament celebration for greatest doubles team of all-time Bob and Mike Bryan that will take place throughout the event this year.
Five-time champions in Delray Beach, including winning the 2019 title, the “Bryan Brothers” will begin their 13th and final appearance on Wednesday night, February 19 (not before 8:00 p.m.) against Australian duo Nick Kyrgios and Jordan Thompson. In honor of their final appearance in Delray Beach, the tournament is offering a “twin” promotion with two-for-one reserved seats provided to all twins who come out Wednesday night to watch the Bryan Brothers in action.
“What a run. They’ve become family here. Winning so many times and losing some heartbreakers, I felt like I had to console my sons…and they feel like sons having spent so much time with my non-tennis playing middle son who sings for them when they toured musically. We’re so thankful for the tennis, entertainment, friendship and even support they’ve brought to our event,” commented Mark Baron, Tournament Director.
The winningest doubles team of all-time on the ATP Tour sharing 118 doubles titles, together the Bryan Brothers have won 16 Grand Slam titles, 39 ATP Masters 1000 events, five ATP Finals and Olympic Gold Medal. In 2012-13, they became the only team in Open Era to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same, doing so immediately after claiming that Olympic Gold in London. The Bryan Brothers also have the most victories by any doubles team in U.S. Davis Cup history with a 24-5 record and were members of the 2007 USA Davis Cup champion team.
Finishing No. 1 in team rankings 10 times during their career (2003, 2005-07, 2009-14), the Bryan Brothers boast a 1,102-358 match record, which the most team wins in the Open Era.
On Tuesday night at 7:45 p.m., there will be an on-court ceremony where the Bryan Brothers will be presented the Key to the City. On Wednesday night, following the Bryans opening round match, there will be a special presentation with words from Tournament Director Mark Baron, a celebratory video and gifts presented to the Bryan Brothers.
Leading up to this, fans can tune into the tournaments social media accounts to see the top ten Bryan Brother moments, participate in recording special messages on-site with cameras located around-the-grounds that will be shared with the Bryan Brothers, on the stadium video boards and Palm Court Plaza video wall, and stop by the City of Delray Beach booth where poster making supplies will be available for fans to write and wave messages when the Bryan Brothers are playing.
Throughout the tournament, there will also be a silent auction for two original paintings by Bill Deblizan with proceeds going to charity.
Identical twins, Mike is older than Bob by two minutes and were coached by their parents Wayne and Kathy starting at the age of 2. Growing up in the juniors, they were not allowed to play each other in tournaments and instead would flip a coin. Together, they won more than 100 junior titles together, played at Stanford University for two years, helping them win NCAA team titles twice while winning one NCAA doubles title. During their professional career, they created the Bryan Bros. Band and have held concerts at tournaments and charity events around the world. The Bryan Brothers Foundation annually holds a fundraising event that benefits kids in Ventura County.
The 10-day tournament opened Valentine’s Day weekend with the ATP Champions Tour team event and a special exhibition match starring teen tennis star Coco Gauff who played the first-ever women’s match in tournament history. The ATP Champions Team Europe vs Team World match-up showcased tennis legends David Ferrer, James Blake, Tommy Haas, Marcos Baghdatis and other fan-favorites.
On President’s Day Monday, Feb. 17, the game’s reigning stars take center court commencing the ATP 250 matches. In the first singles matches of the day, American Ryan Harrison will face Damir Dzumhur (BIH) while 2019 semifinalist Mackenzie McDonald (USA) takes on Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN). Under the lights Monday night, 2018 singles champion Frances Tiafoe (USA) will play Emilio Gomez. Matches will start at 11:00 a.m. on Monday.
In the line-up for “Super Tuesday,” Feb. 18, the top seeds will be in action with No. 2 seed Milos Raonic (CAN) playing Andres Seppi (ITA) at 12:30 p.m. followed by American Reilly Opelka against two-time champion Ernests Gulbis. In the night session (not before 8:00 p.m.), No. 1 seed Nick Kyrgios (AUS) will play Tommy Paul (USA).
Individual tickets for all sessions are on sale now and start as low as $30. See the full lineup of offers, parties, special events, food and beverage options and more at YellowTennisBall.com or call 561-330-6000.