The Bryan Brothers - Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan - who are the most successful doubles pair in the history of men's tennis are not on the entry list of the US Open doubles competition that was released on Wednesday - which means that the duo will not be in New York to play the Grand Slam event.
The Bryan Brothers not on the entry list for men's doubles at the US Open
Prior to the tennis shutdown, the Bryan Brothers had previously decided to retire at the end of the 2020 season. In recent months, they had said that they were not sure if they will extend their careers into 2021.
Mike Bryan also became a father for the first time in April this year during the lockdown. When they competed at the World TeamTennis event at the Greenbrier in West Virginia, Bob Bryan had said that if they planned to play in 2021, they would probably play the US Open this year as well but nothing was certain.
"We love this life. We had a great run if this is over. We’re gonna sit down and if we decide to come back and play in 2021, then you’ll probably see us play the U.S. Open just to keep it going. If we decide to shut it down in 2021, this might be it.
So who knows”. Meanwhile, the USTA announced the wild cards for the doubles events on Wednesday. Three-time US Open singles champion Kim Clijsters has received a wild card in the women's doubles event where she will partner with Hailey Baptiste.
The Belgian has also received a wild card for the women's singles event earlier. Other wild cards in the women's doubles field have gone to Ann Li and Bernarda Pera, Christina McHale and Usue Arconada, Jessica Pegula and Shelby Rogers.
In the men's doubles field, the wild cards have been awarded to Ryan Harrison and Christian Harrison, Chris Eubanks and Mackenzie McDonald, Ernesto Escobedo and Noah Rubin, and Nicholas Monroe and Nathaniel Lammons. The US Open begins in New York on 31st August.
This year, the doubles draw has been cut from 64 teams to 32 teams as the USTA wanted to reduce the number of people on-site due to the pandemic. The qualifying competition has also been eliminated this year. The Bryan Brothers have won a record 119 doubles titles - which includes 16 Grand Slam doubles titles, 39 ATP Masters 1000s and the season-ending ATP Finals title on four occasions. They also won Olympic gold at London 2012 and were part of the American team that won the Davis Cup in 2007.