Bryan boys bump way to doubles title

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

They call it The Bryan Bump and it's taking the tennis world by storm.

Whenever they feel it is warranted, usually after a spectacular point, Rogers Cup doubles champions Bob and Mike Bryan leap into the air and knock chests with each other. While a similar move has become commonplace among NBA players, it's not the type of flair normally exhibited by the stoic tennis community.

"This is an entertainment industry. We want to put on a good show for the fans," Bob Bryan said yesterday after he and twin brother Mike defeated Paul Hanley of Australia and Kevin Ullyett of Zimbabwe 6-3, 7-5 en route to capturing their fourth consecutive title.

He added that they did not perform their schtick in Saturday's semi-final win over Canadian Daniel Nestor and partner Mark Knowles because they didn't "want to get Daniel's fans riled up."

The Bryan Bump started while the two brothers were attending Stanford.

"We had a lot of fraternity guys come to the matches and we liked to pump them up," Mike Bryan said.

Bob Bryan was asked if he will be doing the Bryan Bump at the upcoming U.S. Open with the legendary Martina Navratilova, his partner in the mixed doubles event.

"She runs the show," Bob said. "If she wants to do one, I'll give it to her. She tells me what to do out there. She wears the pants."

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Singles finalist Richard Gasquet was asked if Roger Federer should be considered the greatest player of all time should he one day win on the clay at the French Open, the only Grand Slam event that has eluded him.

"If (Federer) wins Roland Garros, of course he will be the best in the game," Gasquet said. "But maybe he is the best in the game now."

Despite the loss, Gasquet was euphoric at his performance at th Rogers Cup.

"It was a fantastic week for me," Gasquet said. "I am really really happy to play in a final in a tournament like Toronto."


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