Sunday, July 7, 2013
WIMBLEDONE! PART 10: BRYAN BROTHERS SLAM COMPLETE!
Congrats to Bob and Mike Bryan who completed their Bryan Bros. Golden Slam by winning this year's Wimbledon tournament 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 over Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo. They're the first men's doubles team in the history of Open-era tennis to hold all four major titles at the same time, plus the Gold Medal in the Olympics.
They now have 15 Grand Slam tournament victories, increasing their own record in that stat. If they win the U.S. Open this year, they'll also record a calendar Grand Slam which hasn't happened since 1951, which was before the Open Era. Then there will basically be no more accomplishments left in the sport for them to make!
The brothers are really a national treasure in men's sports - not just in tennis. While they're well respected, I just don't feel they get the press attention they deserve. Hopefully we'll get to enjoy their dominant play for another few years, as they plan to keep going until 2016 at the Rio Olympics.At which point they'll be 39!! They should be able to retire by 40. :)
They currently have 91 career titles and it seems likely they will cross the 100 mark before they retire. They've also finished No. 1 in the year end rankings for eight years and could possibly hold on to make it a full decade. A DECADE! That's so crazy.
Good luck, Bryan Brothers! Thanks so much for repping US Tennis so well for so long. I send you a virtual chest bump in your honor!