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Bob And Mike Bryan, Legendary Doubles Champions, To Retire At End Of 2020 Season

US Men's Doubles Duo Bob Bryan And Mike Bryan Said They Will Retire At The End Of The 2020 Season, Bringing The Curtain Down On One Of The Most Successful Pairings In Tennis History.

Agencies | Updated on: 14 Nov 2019, 03:00:16 PM
Bob and Mike Bryan have been the most dominant doubles team in the history of tennis.

Los Angeles:

US men's doubles duo Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan said they will retire at the end of the 2020 season, bringing the curtain down on one of the most successful pairings in tennis history. The 41-year-old twins said in a statement they planned to hang up their racquets after taking part in next year's US Open, where they made their Grand Slam championship debut in 1995. Since that first Slam appearance, the Bryans have racked up a record 118 trophies including 16 Grand Slam doubles titles. They also won Olympic gold at the 2012 London Games. Bob Bryan said the duo had opted to end their 2019 season after the US Open in order to remain fresh for next year.

"We decided that it would be best to rest our minds and strengthen our bodies in preparation for 2020 which will be our final season on the ATP Tour," Bob Bryan said in a statement. "It has truly been a magical ride," he added. "However, we want to end this great ride while we're healthy and we can still compete for titles." At their peak, the Bryans were a formidable doubles duo, rising to No.1 in the rankings for the first time in 2003.

They spent a total of 438 weeks at the top of the rankings and ended 10 seasons as the No. 1 team. On October 28, 2016, they recorded their all-time record 1000th match win, as a team, by defeating Pablo Cuevas and Viktor Troicki in the quarter finals of the 2016 Erste Bank Open, in Vienna, Austria. Following their triumph at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships, the Bryans became the only doubles pairing in the Open Era to hold all four major titles at once. However, they did not achieve it one single season. They also won an Olympic gold and are also the only doubles team in history to have won every major title, having won all four Grand Slams, Olympic Gold, every (12 versions of the nine tournaments) ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title, the ATP World Tour Finals and the Davis Cup during their careers.

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The two have won a record 118 tour titles, surpassing The Woodies (Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde) who won 61, and have been finalists on 59 other occasions. They have a career Super Slam and 16 Grand Slam titles overall, which is more than any men's team in the Open Era. These include victories at the Australian Open (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013), the French Open (2003, 2013), Wimbledon (2006, 2011, 2013), and the US Open (2005, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014). They are the only doubles pairing in history to have completed the "Double Career Grand Slam", having won all four Grand Slam titles at least twice as a team. They won the ATP World Tour Finals doubles tournament four times (2003, 2004, 2009 and 2014).

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First Published : 14 Nov 2019, 03:00:16 PM