Hamburg Masters Men’s Doubles Players

The Hamburg Masters has, over the years, been won by several different doubles pairs – no one team has dominated as with so many other Masters Series and ATP tournaments. The defending champions and current world number ones, Bob and Mike Bryan and 2007 finalists, Paul Hanley and Kevin Ullyett are under the spotlight.

For in-depth information and statistics on other top doubles players, take a look at the ATP website.

Bob & Mike Bryan

HAMBURG, GERMANY - MAY 20: Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan of USA celebrate during the doubles final match against Paul Hanley of Australia and Kevin Ullyett of Zimbabwe during day seven of the Tennis Masters Series Hamburg at Rothenbaum Tennis Centre on May 20, 2007 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The gung-ho American pairing of identical twins, Bob and Mike Bryan, have had an impressive run in their 12-year professional career. The Hamburg Masters men’s doubles players set an open era record by reaching seven consecutive men’s doubles finals between 2005 and 2006, and have claimed a mammoth 41 ATP Tour titles, including five Grand Slams and two Tennis Masters Cups.

They have achieved the eminent ‘Career Grand Slam’ by taking titles at all four Grand Slam tournaments:

· Australian Open – 2006 they defeated Leander Paes & Martin Damm 4-6 6-3 6-4

– 2007 they subdued the Jonas Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi tandem 7-5 7-5.

· French Open – 2003 Paul Haarhuis and Yevgeny Kafelnikov fell to the Bryan Brothers 7-6(3) 6-3

· Wimbledon – 2006 saw Fabrice Santoro and Nenad Zimonjic falling to the number ones 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-2

· US Open – 2005 saw the Bjorkman/Mirnyi partnership fall victims 6-1 6-4.

Of their 44 title wins seven were contested on clay, and the fact that they won on the green clay courts of Houston by claiming the US Men’s Clay Court Championships in 2007 is indicative of their versatility, as they went on to claim victories at Monte Carlo and Hamburg, both of which sport red clay court surfaces. The only clay court competition they have failed to snaffle in the 2007 season was the Rome Masters. They were outdone by Santoro and Zimonjic 4-6 6-2 10-7.

The brothers will again, in all likelihood, leave Rothenbaum victorious. Their dominance on the ATP Tour is such that they are an incredible 427 ranking points ahead of their nearest rivals, the world number two duo of Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor.

Paul Hanley & Kevin Ullyett

In 2006 Australian, Paul Hanley and Kevin Ullyett of Zimbabwe clinched the doubles event in Hamburg and a year later were runners-up to the Bryan Brothers. Although the duo has only been together since 2006, they have had a relatively impressive run of things, claiming six ATP doubles titles.

Currently number four on the ATP ranking, the tandem have yet to claim a Grand Slam title, but if their form continues, it should only be a matter of time before they walk away with the big one. To date they have made it through to the semi-finals at both the Australian and US Opens. Ullyett is no stranger to the big time. He, together with former partner Wayne Black, won the 2001 US Open and 2005 Australian Open doubles events.