Bob and Mike Bryan, the greatest doubles team in history, announced that they are retiring effective immediately. The 42-year-old twins said that though they love tennis, it was getting harder with age to keep in shape for competitions.
When they found out that the US Open 2020 would be held without fans, they decided it was time to retire from the sport.
In their impressive career, the Bryan brothers won 119 ATP doubles titles and 16 grand slam doubles titles. Nothing describes their dominance more than the fact they finished as the number one team at the end of the year for 10 years. They were ranked number one for 438 weeks.
Born in a tennis family, the twins were bound for greatness. Mom Kathy Bryan was ranked 11 in the US and dad Wayne Bryan was ranked number 1 at UC Santa Barbara.
Twins were introduced to the game early as their parents owned a tennis club. Success came early in the juniors where the parents tried to keep the twins from playing each other.
They played singles for a while but doubles is where their chemistry, energy, and talent proved most enjoyable. Though Mike Bryan briefly played with Jack Sock and won two additional grand slams, for the most part, the pair played together and found great success.
Fans loved them wherever they went. They were known for their signature chest bump on the court. They were also always happy to oblige fans for autographs and photos.
The Bryans plan to play a few exhibitions and remain engaged with the sport. That’s a good thing for the fans.