February 12th, 2020

Fish Gets Florida-resident Bryan Brothers to Play Last U.S. Davis Cup Match

General News Pro Tennis

On March 6-7 the Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, the winningest team in U.S. Davis Cup history, will play their final match when the U.S. hosts Uzbekistan at the Blaisdell Center in Honolulu in the qualifying round of the 2020 Davis Cup.

U.S. Davis Cup captain Mardy Fish announced the team that will include the Bryans and in singles young rising stars Taylor Fritz, Reilly Opelka and Tommy Paul.

“Personally, professionally as a captain, as a friend, really excited that they’re going to kind of come out of retirement, if you will, for Davis Cup and play one more time and play in front of the home fans,” Fish said of the Bryans in an interview with the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. “They’re our best team and we’re gonna run with them…I called them and pitched the idea for all the above and giving them the honor and respect they deserve to be a part of the team. With them retiring at [this year’s] US Open, this is really our only chance to get them back out there and my only chance to be the captain with them.”

The Bryan brothers have 16 Grand Slam titles to their credit along with 118 ATP tournament titles and more than 1,100 match wins together. They plan on retiring following the 2020 US Open, ending a 25-year pro career.

“One more season, and we’re excited for it,” Mike Bryan told Tennis Channel. Bob added, “Obviously, very difficult decision, big decision — we’ve been on tour more than half our lives. Tennis is in our blood, so it feels like a part of us is dying.”

Prior to that untimely death, the 41-year-olds hope to propel the U.S. past Uzbekistan and into the second-year new-format 2020 Davis Cup by Rakuten Finals in November, featuring 18 teams in a seven-day single-elimination playoff in Madrid, Spain.

Fritz and Opelka both made their U.S. Davis Cup debuts at the 2019 Madrid Finals, while Paul will be making his in Honolulu. All three are 22 years old and are among the youngest players ranked in the Top 100, giving this U.S. Davis Cup squad a unique blend of veteran experience and youthful talent.

Matches will be played indoors at the Blaisdell Center on a temporary hard court.

The Bryans have a 24-5 record together in U.S. Davis Cup doubles and first represented the U.S. in Davis Cup 17 years ago. In 2007 they won their lone Davis Cup title. They last played U.S. Davis Cup together in 2016, after which they announced their retirement from the international team competition, though Mike returned to play in the 2018 semifinals vs. Croatia while Bob recovered from hip surgery.

Davis Cup is the World Cup of Tennis, and the U.S. is its most successful nation, with 32 titles. The competition dates to 1900, and Hall of Famers such as Arthur Ashe, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier and Andy Roddick have represented U.S. in Davis Cup over the years.

The U.S. holds an overall 219-74 record in Davis Cup competition. For more information, including access to player and historical Fed Cup records, go to www.usta.com/daviscup or www.daviscup.com.