Globe-trot­ting David Marshall puts Bryans back on the map

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CH­ESTER­TOWN — Since leav­ing alma mater Wash­ing­ton Col­lege as head men’s and women’s ten­nis coach in 2011, David Marshall has not let any grass grow un­der his feet.

He coached Di­vi­sion I Delaware State Univer­sity’s women for six years, lead­ing them to the His­tor­i­cally Black Col­leges and Uni­ver­si­ties na­tional cham­pi­onship in 2014.

For about a year now, Marshall has been a coach for three-time Olympians Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan of the United States, widely re­garded as the great­est dou­bles team in the his­tory of the sport.

On April 22, the Bryan twins cap­tured their record sixth Monte-Carlo Mas­ters ti­tle and their 116th over­all — just one week shy of their 40th birth­day.

Marshall, a 1988 grad­u­ate of Wash­ing­ton Col­lege and hall of fame ten­nis player for the Shore­men, is cred­ited with help­ing the Bryans re­gain their game.

They won the Mi­ami Open at the end of March.

Hav­ing not won a Grand Slam event since the U.S. Open in 2014, the Bryans se­ri­ously con­tem­plated hang­ing up their rac­quets.

But then Marshall joined their team.

Af­ter win­ning Mi­ami, Mike Bryan said, “Dave Marshall has turned our game around.”

Over the last six months, “The Boys,” as Marshall calls them, have climbed to No. 2 in the world.

The Bryans’ as­cent in the rankings started with an un­ex­pected semi­fi­nal ap­pear­ance at the Aus­tralian Open in Jan­uary. Then they reached the fi­nals of the Mex­i­can Open and the BNP Paribas Open at In­dian Wells, Calif.

In a cou­ple of weeks, the Bryans will head off to Europe for the French Open and then Wim­ble­don — with Marshall in tow.

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