American twins Bob and Mike Bryan introduced their retirement after a record-breaking doubles profession Thursday, making official what appeared clear when they didn’t enter the U.S. Open.
The 42-year-old brothers collected 16 Grand Slam championships collectively, 119 tour-level titles and a 2012 Olympic gold medal. They completed 10 seasons atop the ATP doubles rankings and helped the US win the Davis Cup in 2007.
Alongside the way in which, they turned as well-known a doubles group as there was, recognized for leaping to bump chests on the finish of victories.
The Bryans, who had been born in California, already had mentioned 2020 could be their final 12 months on tour.
“We really feel it’s the fitting time to stroll away,” Mike mentioned.
They weren’t on the entry record launched final week for doubles on the U.S. Open, the place play begins Monday with out spectators amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Bryans received 5 championships as a pairing in New York, most not too long ago in 2014.
“We’re most happy with the way in which we devoted ourselves fully to the sport and gave our full effort daily,” Bob mentioned. “Our loyalty towards one another by no means wavered and we’re leaving skilled tennis with zero regrets. We’ll miss the competitors and camaraderie amongst the gamers. We’ll additionally miss the joy of gearing up for an enormous match and enjoying for the roar of the followers.”
He had hip surgical procedure in 2018. Whereas he was off the tour, Mike received two extra Grand Slam titles with Jack Sock as his associate.
The brothers are essentially the most profitable doubles group in Davis Cup historical past, successful 25 matches throughout 15 years.
In March, simply earlier than tennis shut down due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Bryans clinched a Davis Cup best-of-five sequence by giving the U.S. a 3-0 lead towards Uzbekistan in Hawaii.
Below new guidelines instituted in 2018, the twins are the primary ATP gamers whose credentials qualify them for automated itemizing on the poll for the Worldwide Tennis Corridor of Fame, bypassing the standard nomination course of.
They will be eligible for the Class of 2025.
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