Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Vegas ends skid in possibly Bryan brothers' last match

Bob Bryan, left, said he and Mike Bryan "are having
a blast playing tennis, maybe for the last time." File
photo by Paul Bauman 
   In possibly the last match of Bob and Mike Bryan's careers, the Vegas Rollers ended their season with a 19-16 victory over the Washington Kastles today at The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.V.
   Asia Muhammad and Mike Bryan routed Venus Williams, 40, and Marcelo Arevalo 5-1 in the last set as Vegas (5-9) ended its losing streak at five matches.
   The 42-year-old Bryan twins said last November that they would retire after this year's U.S. Open. Their plans now are uncertain because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
   "We're having a blast playing tennis, maybe for the last time," Bob Bryan said in a post-match interview on Tennis Channel. "No better place to play than The Greenbrier for World TeamTennis."
   The 42-year-old Bryan twins, playing their 18th WTT season, saluted each other at the beginning of the third set, men's doubles. Mike Bryan and Sam Querrey, a 32-year-old San Francisco native, then dominated Arevalo and Nick Monroe 5-2 to give Vegas a 12-10 lead at intermission. Bob Bryan sat out with a quadriceps strain.
   Querrey beat Tommy Paul 5-3 in the previous set, marking the first time Vegas won back-to-back sets since its last win, on July 21 over Orange County. 
   Washington (6-7) was eliminated from contention for the playoffs, Saturday and Sunday at The Greenbrier. Advancing will be the Philadelphia Freedoms (11-2), expansion Chicago Smash (9-4), Orlando Storm (9-4) and New York Empire (7-6). The seedings will be finalized on Thursday, the last day of the regular season.
                                    VEGAS ROLLERS 19, WASHINGTON KASTLES 16
   Women's singles – Bernarda Pera (Wash.) def. Monica Puig 5-2.
   Men's singles – Sam Querrey (LV) def. Tommy Paul 5-3.
   Men's doubles – Mike Bryan and Querrey (LV) def. Marcelo Arevalo and Nick Monroe 5-2.
   Women's doubles – Pera and Venus Williams (Wash.) def. Asia Muhammad and Puig 5-2.
   Mixed doubles – Mike Bryan and Muhammad (LV) def. Arevalo and Williams 5-1.

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