May 31, 1998
ATHENS, Ga. - Stanford's Bob Bryan became just the third player since 1977 to capture both the singles and doubles titles at the NCAA Championships. Bryan defeated teammate Paul Goldstein in the singles final and paired up with his twin brother Mike to win the doubles title over Kelly Gullett and Robert Lindstedt of Pepperdine. Since 1977 only Stanford's Alex O'Brien in 1992 and Luke Smith of UNLV in 1997 have accomplished the same feat.
"This is unbelievable," said Bryan. "The Stanford history is amazing and to think that my name is up there with some of the others is just unbelievable. Our assistant coach John Whitlinger also won the triple crown (team, singles and doubles in 1974) and I just tried to follow him and his lead. The momentum from the team win and the first day of singles really carried me through the tournament."
Bryan and Goldstein, who have each played at least one match on nine consecutive days, came out of the semifinals which were rain delayed from yesterday. In Goldstein's match with Daniel Anderson of Virginia Commonwealth, the Stanford captain was down 6-3, 1-0 when the rain began yesterday. Goldstein rebounded today to win 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. Bryan was leading his opponent John Roddick of Georgia yesterday 6-3, 1-0 prior to the rain delay. Bryan won the semifinal 6-3, 6-4. A committee decision allowed the remainder of the semifinal matches and the final match to be played today. Bryan defeated Goldstein 6-3, 6-2 in the final.
"Bob has played outstanding tennis all week," said Goldstein. "He kept me off balance today. I have to give him a lot of credit - it is not easy to play a teammate and Bob's focus and positive energy today was that of a champion."
In doubles, Bob and Mike capped a perfect season with a 6-7, 6-2, 6-4 in the title match today. The Bryans finish the season with a unblemished 19-0 dual match record and a 39-3 overall mark. This is the first NCAA major victory for the twins. This season, Bob and Mike earned the Pac-10 Doubles title and the Rolex Regional title.
"This is definitely the highlight of my career in doubles," said Mike Bryan. "It is unbelievable to win this with your twin brother. It has been an amazing two weeks. I came here with one goal and that was to win the team title and to win the doubles title and stay mentally tough through the next week is unbelievable."
In tournament history, Stanford has now won 12 doubles titles and 12 singles titles. The last Cardinal doubles title was won by Alex O'Brien and Chris Coctos in 1992, the same year O'Brien captured the singles title.
Calendar Notes: On Wednesday, June 3 at 10:30 am - noon (PT) ESPN will air the taped delayed broadcast of the NCAA Team Championship when Stanford defeated Georgia 4-0. Dave Ryan and Pam Shriver provide the call for the broadcast. Additionally, the Stanford Tennis Team is scheduled to throw out the first pitch at Tuesday's Giants game against the Cincinnati Reds.
Here are today's results and tomorrow's match ups:
Singles - Semifinals
Paul Goldstein (Stanford) d. #9-16 Daniel Anderson (VCU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
Bob Bryan (Stanford) d. John Roddick (Georgia) 6-3, 6-4
Singles - Final
Bob Bryan (Stanford) d. Paul Goldstein (Stanford) 6-3, 6-2
Doubles - Finals
Bryan/Bryan (Stanford) d. #5-8 Kelly Gullett/Robert Lindstedt (Pepperdine) 6-7, 6-2, 6-4