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Bob And Mike Bryan, Most Successful Doubles Tennis Team Ever, To Retire After 2020 US Open

By Karen Price | Nov. 14, 2019, 10:40 a.m. (ET)

Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan compete at the Rogers Cup on Aug. 9, 2019 in Montreal.


The most decorated doubles team in the history of tennis is ready to call it a career, but not before they take one more crack at adding to their record-setting list of victories.

Twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan, whose accomplishments include winning an Olympic gold and bronze medal together, announced on the Tennis Channel that the 2020 US Open will be their last competition. Between now and then they’ll look to add to their record 16 Grand Slam wins and 118 overall titles.

The brothers are 41 years old and started their careers at the US Open in 1995. Outside of a stint in 2018 when Mike Bryan partnered with Jack Sock to win Wimbledon, the US Open and the ATP Finals while Bob recovered from hip surgery, the Bryans have been staples on the doubles scene and formed the most successful partnership ever seen on tour.

“Mentally, physically, we wanted to get together, reflect on our careers and then make a decision,” Mike Bryan said in the announcement on the Tennis Channel. “We wanted to see if we wanted to keep going, and we’ve decided that 2020 at the (US) Open we’re going to shut it down. One more season — and we’re excited for it.”

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Bob Bryan said it was a very difficult decision after being on tour for 21 years, more than half their lives, and it feels like a part of them is dying.

“But we’re really clear about this decision,” he said, citing their growing families and the demands of being on tour. “It’s going to be great to have a finish line.”

The brothers made their Olympic debuts in Athens in 2004 and tied for fifth in men’s doubles. They won bronze in 2008 in Beijing, then won the gold medal together in London in 2012. Mike Bryan also won bronze that year in mixed doubles alongside Lisa Raymond. The brothers were named to the 2016 Olympic team but withdrew prior to the Games.

In addition, they’ve set an unmatched standard for excellence, having been ranked the No. 1 men’s doubles team for a record 438 weeks and ended 10 seasons in the top spot. The next best doubles team won 61 titles together and finished the season No. 1 five times. The Bryans also helped the U.S. win the Davis Cup in 2007.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic and Paralympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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