Bob Bryan's hip injury is a thing of the past as he will team up with his brother Mike Bryan to play the Brisbane International in the opening week of the 2019 season. The Bryans are due to debut in Brisbane at the age of 40 as they have no previous appearances at the tournament.
The Bryan brothers haven't played together since May and the Madrid Masters. Back then, Bob suffered a hip injury during the final against Nikola Mektic and Alexander Peya. Bob tried to play through the pain but the Bryans ended up retiring the final while 5-3 down.
It turned out to be a season-ending injury for Bob, who later underwent a successful hip surgery. The Bryan brothers reached four Masters 1000 finals in as many Masters 1000 events played together this past season. The Bryans made it all the way at the Masters 1000 events in Miami and Monte Carlo, while they ended runners-up at the Masters 1000 events in Indian Wells and Madrid.
While Bob was injured, Mike and Jack Sock won back-to-back Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and the US Open before they made it all the way at the Nitto ATP Finals. Despite the big success with Sock, Mike wasn't ready to change partners as he is planning to once again compete alongside his brother Bob.
Defending Brisbane champions Henri Kontinen and John Peers, as well as 2015 ATP Finals champions Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau, are also expected to play in Brisbane.
The Brisbane event is due to take place from 31 December - 06 January.