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5 Greatest Doubles pairs in Tennis

Arjun
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Modified 26 Oct 2018, 08:07 IST
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#4 Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan

Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan

American twins Bob and Mike popularly known as the 'Bryan Brothers' are the most successful doubles pair of all-time. They have won more Grand Slams Doubles titles and more overall Doubles titles than any other duo in tennis. The Bryan twins have been World Number 1 for a record 438 weeks including 139 consecutive weeks.

The Bryan twins though similar in appearance, vary in their style of play which compliments their doubles game perfectly. The right-handed Mike is ruthless at the net while his twin brother Bob is known for his powerful left-handed serve. The duo has over a 1000 match wins and is the only men's pairing to hold all 4 Grand Slams and the Olympic Gold Medal at the same time.

The Bryans have tasted success in Mixed Doubles too with Bob winning 7 titles and Mike winning 4 titles. The duo has won an astounding 16 Doubles titles and 4 Tour Finals titles. Mike's injury in 2018 meant that Bob formed a partnership with fellow American Jack Sock and added two more Grand Slam Doubles titles to his collection at the 2018 Wimbledon and 2018 US Open at the age of 40. The Bryans longevity in sport is truly astounding to say the least and one wouldn't bet against the duo winning more titles in the years to come.


#3 Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver

Pam Shriver and Martina Navratilova
Pam Shriver and Martina Navratilova

Considered by many to be the most complete player of all-time, Czech born American Martina Navratilova re-wrote the history books in the 1980's with her groundbreaking success. Navratilova inspired thousands of girls to take up tennis and continues to inspire generations of young players even now. She is the only tennis player in history male or female to have held the World Number 1 ranking in singles and doubles for over 200 weeks. Navratilova is one of only 3 tennis players to have won all 4 Grand Slams across singles, doubles and mixed doubles combined.

Navratilova initially tasted doubles success with famed rivals Chris Evert and Billie Jean King but her rise to dizzying heights in the doubles game took shape in 1981 when she paired up with fellow American Pam Shriver. In an 8 year period, the duo won an astounding 21 Doubles Grand Slam titles and in 1984 made a complete sweep by winning all 4 Grand Slam Doubles titles.

Navratilova was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2000 and even after her induction she would go and win titles in mixed doubles. Pam Shriver was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2002.

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Published 26 Oct 2018, 08:07 IST
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