November 14th, 2019
Florida’s Bryan Brothers Announce Retirement Plans for 2020
The Florida-based Bryan brothers, Bob (Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.) and Mike (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) announced Wednesday that they will retire from professional tennis at the conclusion of the 2020 US Open.
Farewell to the Bryan Brothers.
Our 5x champs will retire at next year's US Open. pic.twitter.com/AWSONcjXjd
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) November 13, 2019
The 41-year-old California-raised twins are the most accomplished team in professional doubles tennis history, winning an Open Era (since 1968) record 118 titles as a team, including all four Grand Slams, four season-ending ATP Finals titles, and an Olympic gold medal for the United States.
“Mike and I chose to finish our 2019 season after the US Open, even knowing there was a strong chance we’d qualify for the ATP Finals,” Bob Bryan said. “After much discussion, we decided that it would be best to rest our minds and strengthen our bodies in preparation for 2020 which will be our final season on the ATP Tour.”
The twins own the all-time team record for Grand Slam titles at 16, and ATP Masters 1000-level crowns at 39. The Bryans were voted the ATP Tour Fans’ Favorite Team award winners from 2005-2017.
We dedicate 2020 to all those who have shared this journey with us. Whether you root for us or against us, we are grateful for your passion in the sport that has given us so much. We’ll always do our best to return this love. Thank you for letting us live out our dream. 🙏❤️ pic.twitter.com/OmsFarDHJz
— Bob Bryan (@Bryanbros) November 14, 2019
“We are currently extremely motivated and excited going into our last season,” Mike Bryan said. “We will enjoy and appreciate each moment we have while saying our good-byes and giving thanks to the fans who have given us so much joy.”
The duo first finished a season as the No. 1-ranked team in 2003, and repeated the feat in 2005-07, and 2009-2014.
“Bringing their own energy and charisma to the court, they have endeared themselves to the public throughout the world, appearing in 177 tour-level finals and lifting tour-level trophies in 34 different cities,” the ATP released in a statement. “They also helped the United States win the Davis Cup in 2007 and at the 2012 London Olympics won the gold medal, adding to their 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medal.”
This year they won titles at Delray Beach and the Miami Open after Bob underwent right hip surgery in August 2018.
The Bryan Brothers Foundation has raised more than $1.2 million to support children’s charities, and the twins host two annual fundraisers in their hometown of Camarillo, Calif., and West Palm Beach, Fla., where they partner with golf legend Jack Nicklaus to raise funds to positively impact the lives of children around the country.
For more information about the Bryan Brothers announced retirement, go to www.usta.com.