5 greatest tennis doubles pairs of all time
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan
Known collectively as the Bryan Brothers, fraternal twins Bob and Mike Bryan are the most successful doubles tennis pair of all time. They have won more Majors, tournaments and matches than any other pair in the history of doubles tennis, and held the World No. 1 ranking for a record 438 weeks.
They also have Olympic gold together, winning that at the London 2012 games, with each brother also winning multiple titles in the mixed doubles – Bob with 7, and Mike with 4.
With their 2013 win at Wimbledon, the two held every Major and the Olympic gold in the span of one year, making them the only doubles pair to do so.
They amassed over 112 titles on Tour of a total of 167 finals, and the 38-year-old brothers are still the World No. 2 ranked pair, 22 years after first going pro and 15 years after their big breakthrough on the Tour.
A number of factors give the Bryan brothers the definitive GOAT title – and it’s not just in the numbers. Their longevity is a major factor, but the fact that they have maintained a singular consistency in that longevity is the real kicker.
To attest to that fact, this year the two finished runners-up at the Australian Open – a tournament they have won six times.Published 23 Feb 2017, 14:35 IST