AAP Tennis

Tennis’ Bryan twins to retire at US Open

By AAP Newswire

Identical tennis twins Mike and Bob Bryan, the most successful doubles team of all time, have announced they will retire at the 2020 US Open.

The 41-year-old Americans have won a record 16 Grand Slam men's doubles titles, 118 career titles and an Olympic gold medal together.

They've also spent more weeks at the top of the world rankings - 438 in total - than any pair in history.

"We took the last few months off to try and get our minds right and get our bodies and minds fresh and make this decision," Mike told USOpen.org.

"We feel it's the right time. It's just a perfect time to go. We feel like we can still be competitive and win but we're really appreciative of getting so much longevity out of our careers.

"We feel like you can't play forever, so we just wanted to make the decision and go into next year knowing we can see the finish line and play as hard as we can ... "

The twins aim to bow out next August with a sixth US Open doubles title.

"It's going to be amazing, playing for the fans in New York," Mike said. "There's nothing like it. I think we played 25 US Opens starting in '95 when we were 17 years old, just wide-eyed.

"I think we didn't weigh above 150 pounds and they wouldn't even give us our badges. They thought we were ball kids."