The “Woodies,” the legendary Australian doubles team of Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge, hold the all-time title record on the men’s tennis tour at 61, and will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in July. Ironically, by the time July rolls around, they will likely no longer be the record holders.
On Sunday the Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, defeated Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonic in the Madrid final 6-3, 6-4, tying the Woodies at 61 career titles.
The Bryan’s next chance to break the all-time record will be at the French Open in a week’s time.
“There are a lot of opportunities out there to get that 62, but it would be more special at a Grand Slam,” said Bob Bryan after the duo contested their 99th career final. “We’re just really happy to win this one right now against such a great team; one of our rivals of the past three years. It feels awesome to share a record with the Woodies; those guys were our idols. We were lucky to grow up when they were at their best and we learned a lot from them; they played a beautiful game of doubles. To be mentioned in the same sentence as those guys is everything to us. It’s what makes number 61 so special.”
The Bryans are 8-8 in career Slam finals, winning all four Slams (4 Australian Open titles, 1 French Open, 1 Wimbledon, 2 US Open), and are four Slam titles behind the Slam record holders John Newcombe and Tony Roche who won 12 titles.
The American pair also upped their record in finals this year to 5-0.
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