Bye bye, Bryan brothers…

 - Myrtille Rambion

The most successful twins in the history of the game, two-time Roland-Garros champions Bob and Mike Bryan have brought their tennis career to a close. We pay tribute to these stars of the doubles scene.

Bob and Mike Bryan at Roland-Garros©Julien Crosnier/FFT

Thursday 27th August 2020, the day the most famous twins ever to have graced the world of tennis decided to officially announce the end of their tennis career.

Bob and Mike Bryan surely imagined a different end to their dazzling career – one last run in the US Open, perhaps – but the health crisis and the resulting months-long hiatus may have had a say in the matter.  

Left-handed Bob and right-handed Mike – the best way of telling the two apart – have won everything there is to win together.

They have come a long way since playing on the courts of Camarillo, California!

Bob and Mike Bryan holding their trophy when they won Roland-Garros 2013©Philippe Montigny/FFT

Now 42 years old, these music fans – who can also play guitar, keyboard and drums, and are dab hands at chess – have won together no fewer than 16 Grand Slam titles, including Roland-Garros in 2003 and 2013, and have been World No.1 in doubles for a record 438 weeks, 139 of which were consecutive.

Bob and Mike Bryan at the Dîner des champions du monde during Roland-Garros 2015©Corinne Dubreuil/FFT

Their impressive honours list also features 39 Masters 1000 titles, 4 Masters titles, one Davis Cup title (2007) and an Olympic gold medal (2012).

Thanks for the memories and good luck for the future, Bob and Mike!

>>>>> If you’re wondering what might be in store for the twins after their retirement from competition, take a look at their video chat with Daniela Hantuchova for during the lockdown.