When the Texas Wild returns to Capitals Stadium tonight to face the Capitals for the third time this season, it will be a much stronger team with the World TeamTennis season debut of the No. 1 doubles team in the world.
Mike and Bob Bryan have won 15 Grand Slam doubles titles, most recently Wimbledon.
The Bryans, 35, are the twin sons of Capitals coach Wayne Bryan.
"It's been a fun rivalry against my dad," Mike Bryan said in a phone interview this week. "My dad's super passionate about coaching the Capitals and he wants to win, but I'm sure at the bottom of his heart he's pulling for our five-point doubles match."
For Wayne Bryan, it will be a reunion.
"They've been in Europe for 13 weeks, so I'll be happy to give them a hug and congratulate them on Wimbledon," the coach said. "It's always tough when we have to compete against each other because I love them and they love me."
Mike and Bob Bryan won the doubles championship at Wimbledon, defeating Marcelo Melo and Ivan Dodig 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in the final. It was their third Wimbledon title; they also won in 2006 and 2011.
The Bryans are also the first men's doubles team in Open-era history to hold all four major titles - Australian, French and U.S. opens and Wimbledon - at the same time.
"It's tough to beat the slam, all four majors," Mike Bryan said. "We felt the significance of the history of trying to do that over at Wimbledon. We were a little nervous before that match."
Being brothers helps maintain the momentum they've had, Mike Bryan said.
"Doubles is all about communication, knowing where your partner is going to be and what side he's going to hit," he said. "We have a really good unspoken communication, especially being twins and being together since Day One."
Grand Slam victories aside, the Bryans also were gold medalists for the United States at the 2012 Olympics in London.
"That was something that we were on probably a three- or four-month high," Mike Bryan said. "Usually you win a tournament and it lasts for a few weeks, but this one really carried us through the summer last year. It's really carried us almost 12 months.
"When people come from all over the place, they just want to hold the gold medal. They don't care about any of the other trophies."
As good as they are, the Bryans have an extra advantage in WTT matches.
In the league's short season, many doubles teams - such as the Bryans' expected foes tonight, Mark Knowles and Ryan Sweeting - haven't had enough time to develop such a relationship.
"We're building and building. We're not starting from scratch," Mike Bryan said. "That's the main advantage we have over most teams. We have that experience together, and our games complement each other really well. Bob's a lefty, I'm a righty. That makes a good combination."
The Bryans will be with Texas for five matches this season, playing men's doubles and mixed doubles. They also might play men's singles.
The California natives, who have 91 career doubles titles, still have one huge goal: win all four major titles in one calendar year.
"We're going to enjoy (Wimbledon) for a few more weeks and then get back on the road for the summer hard court season and try to win that U.S. Open," Mike Bryan said about the victory at Wimbledon.
Notes - The Capitals, 3-4 after Monday's 21-13 loss to the Orange County Breakers in Irvine, go back on the road after tonight's match: Thursday at Springfield, Friday at Boston and Sunday at Orange County.
The Capitals' final regular-season home match is Monday against Orange County.
The final two regular-season matches also are on the road, at Springfield on Tuesday and July 24 at Texas.
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