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Gold Medalists Have Fans In San Quentin

Doubles tennis champions Bob and Mike Bryan are victorious and popular pretty much wherever they go, whether it's the London Olympics or San Quentin.

Bob and Mike Bryan are not only the best in the world, they're the best in the Yard.

The brothers captured the gold medal in doubles tennis Saturday during the Olympics, defeating the French duo of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra 6-4, 7-6 (2). The champions hugged and saluted the crowd in London after the thrilling final.

The Bryans could feel the support coming from their native California, they were born in Oxnard and graduated from Stanford University. A year earlier, the Bryans found some special fans in San Quentin State Prison during an exhibition match inside the prison walls.

Some of the prisoners at San Quentin know exactly what Tsonga and Llodra were up against during the gold medal match.

"The serves. Their serves can really throw you off," said J.T., one of the inmates after playing a set with the twins in September 2011. Their serves reached upwards of 120 mph. "You just have to watch out for their serves."

The Bryans have dominated the world, winning all four major titles and the Olympics. Some opponents joke that the twins have an unfair advantage, since one is left-handed and the other right-handed.

The brothers said after Saturday's victory that they will retire as a doubles team after defending their title in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. There's no word if that will also mean the end of their rock band, The Bryan Bros.

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