The world's most successful doubles pair in history, the Bryan Brothers, say that they are not sure about their future plans in case the 2020 season is wiped out due to the current global health crisis. The Bryans had originally scheduled to retire at the end of the US Open but with the uncertainty about the tour resuming, the brothers say they will take a call once the situation is a bit more clear.
According to Yahoo Sports, Bob Bryan commented, "We haven’t decided. We had this rigorous plan for saying goodbye and riding the adrenaline from going out there one last time and getting our fill of the tour before transitioning into the next stage of our lives.
Now it looks like we’re not going to get most of that fill. What are we going to do if the whole thing gets canned? We did have some stuff we wanted to do on tour and our bodies are feeling good right now, but who knows? A year can make a big difference.
I can see us playing World Team Tennis after retirement, if they would have us. We really enjoy the format. It’s quick and entertaining and is packaged how tennis should be packaged. I think this league could grow and occupy more of the season.
Right now, it’s three weeks. I think it could be two months. During this time there’s a lot of uncertainty and everyone is worried about loved ones and staying healthy, but from the tennis side of things, it’s pretty stress-free.
Everyone is in the same boat. It’s just a matter of how much we have in the tank once we do start playing again”. Both players said they had a scare recently when their wives got sick. Mike Bryan commented, "My wife, Nadia, is pregnant and had a fever one night, so we were super worried about the baby.
We’ve been on lockdown, but we did have construction going on in the house, so we’ve had people inside. Luckily the fever went down, but it was a really scary time for us, especially since this is our first and we didn’t know what was going on”.
Bob Bryan added, “We were in town for Nadia’s baby shower and we had a flight out that night, but Michelle [his wife] got sick and was tested. They threw her results out because she didn’t meet all of the criteria, so she ended up quarantining herself in a hotel for a week just to be sure.
I was leaving food outside of her hotel door because we have three kids and we were worried. By the time she got better, everything was in full swing as far as the pandemic. Then I got sick and we did a swap. I got a hotel room and she took care of the kids until I was better.
It was the first day my wife had ever spent a night away from the kids. That’s how serious we were taking it”.