It happens almost never at a tennis tournament that the doubles winners get interviewed on national TV and have their gear snatched up to be sent immediately to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I., while the singles finalists are still going on about their business.
But that's how Sunday afternoon went for the 32-year-old Bryan twins, Mike and Bob.
They are now the winningest men's doubles pairing after a 6-7 (6), 6-2, 10-7 victory over Eric Butorac and Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherland Antilles in the doubles final of the Farmers Classic at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
The top-seeded Bryans, from Camarillo, were playing in their 100th final. This was their sixth title at their hometown tournament, but none meant quite so much as this.
"Sixty-two, I'll never forget that number," Bob said. "It's been an emotional ride talking about it every day for the last couple of months. Definitely there were nerves out there, and in that first set it felt like we couldn't get the pickle out of the jar. The legs felt like jelly, the arms like spaghetti."