The Bryan Brothers, the most successful doubles team in men's tennis history, have announced their retirement effective immediately, according to a report by the New York Times. The decision of the Bryan Brothers may not come as a total surprise to their fans who have been tracking their careers in recent weeks.
The Bryan Brothers announce their retirement from tennis
In November 2019, the Bryans, who have won more professional games, matches, tournaments and Grand Slams than any other men's duo in tennis history, announced that they will retire from professional tennis after the 2020 season, concluding with the 2020 US Open.
However, during the recent pandemic, they said they were not sure if their retirement plans would change. Speaking 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 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”. The Bryans were not on the entry list for the US Open men's doubles event which begins in New York next week, which did lead to speculations that they would announce their retirement soon. The Bryan Brothers have been No.
1 in the world doubles rankings jointly for 438 weeks in total - which is a record. They have also finished as the ATP year-end number 1 doubles team a record 10 times. As a duo, the Bryans have won 6 Australian Open titles, 2 French Open titles, 3 Wimbledon titles and 5 US Open titles.
Additionally with Jack Sock, Mike Bryan also won two majors - Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018 - while his brother was out due to injury. They also won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics Besides their tennis records, the Bryan Brothers are also well known for their chest bumps during tennis matches.