Bryan brothers returning to Lake Club for exhibition match
The world’s top-ranked men’s doubles team is returning to Wilton.
Bob and Mike Bryan, who rallied to win the men’s doubles championship at Wimbledon earlier this month, will play an exhibition match on Friday, Aug. 23, at The Lake Club. The match — against Max Mirnyi and Horia Tecäu, the sixth-ranked doubles team in the world — will benefit two children’s charities: Norwalk Grassroots Tennis and the National Tennis Foundation.
With their win at Wimbledon, the Bryan brothers became the first pair in the Open Era and the first duo since 1951 to hold all four Grand Slam doubles titles simultaneously. They also won the gold medal in last year’s Summer Olympics in London.
The Bryans are the all-time team record holders with 91 doubles championships, including 15 Grand Slam doubles titles. These include victories at the French Open (2003, 2013), US Open (2005, 2008, 2010 and 2012), Australian Open (2006-07, 2009-11, 2013), and Wimbledon (2006, 2011, 2013). They also hold the U.S. Davis Cup doubles team record, and have been the world’s number-one doubles team longer than anyone else in doubles history.
Last August, three weeks after winning the Olympic gold medal, the Bryans defeated Ashley Fisher and Jordan Kerr, 7-5, 6-3, in an exhibition at The Lake Club.
“We are very excited about having Bob and Mike Bryan back to the Lake Club again this year,” said Berend van Toor, the director of tennis at The Lake Club since 1999. “They are the greatest men’s doubles team ever, and the match-up with Max Mirnyi and Horia Tecau could be a preview of the U.S. Open finals in September.”
The exhibition match will benefit two noteworthy children’s charities, Norwalk Grassroots Tennis and the National Tennis Foundation, as a percentage of ticket sales will be donated to each charity. Last year, the Bryans’ exhibition match at The Lake Club was sold out and raised more than $50,000 for the two programs.
Both non-profit groups offer after-school tennis programs to under-privileged and inner-city youth, and make the game of tennis more accessible to many children who otherwise would not have the opportunity to play. For more information on these charities, visit nationaltennisfoundation.org and norwalkgrassrootstennis.com.
In conjunction with The Lake Club, the exhibition is being sponsored by Callari Auto Group of BMW, Mini, Fiat and Volvo, American Business, Rangeley Capital, Moet-Hennessey, Events Party and Tent Rental, and anonymous Lake Club member donors. Sponsorship opportunities are still being accepted on several levels. For more information call van Toor at (203) 762-1663.
A limited number of tickets for the exhibition are now available for a purchase for $75 by going to premiertennistravel.com. In addition, for those attending the exhibition, tickets are also available for dinner and entertainment featuring the Bryan brothers performing in their band. For information on this event, call the Lake Club Pro Shop at (203) 762-1663.
Doors will open at 3 for ticket holders for a pro-am to be followed by an NCAA tennis exhibition and live auction. The professional exhibition will start at 5:30.