Tennis twins Mike and Bob Bryan – the most successful doubles pair of all time – are to bring their careers to an end following the 2020 US Open.
The identical twin brothers from California have won 118 career doubles titles as a team, including 16 grand slams as well as an Olympic gold medal.
However, their last slam success came at the 2014 US Open, with the duo having won 18 trophies since then.
They will turn 42 in April and – having slipped down the doubles rankings to 27th – have decided to call time on their playing careers at Flushing Meadows, where they have won five titles, next year.
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“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 Bryan 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 at 42, 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 that we can see the finish line and play as hard as we can, but also appreciate being on tour, playing together and giving back to the fans a little bit.”
The brothers – who have spent 438 weeks at the top of the world rankings – were the dominant force in doubles tennis from the early 2000s up until 2015, with their grasp having loosened in recent years.