Globe-trotting David Marshall puts Bryans back on the map
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.