PostHeaderIcon Seven-Year Wonders of the Tennis World: Bob and Mike Bryan Finish as Year-End #1 for Seventh Time

I’m not sure if people can adequately appreciate just how good these guys are, or what they have single-handedly (ahem) done for the popularity of Men’s doubles around the world!

This week they locked up the year-end number one ranking for the seventh time in their career, a remarkable achievement. And on December 12, they will surpass John McEnroe’s record of 265 weeks at number one in doubles with their 270th week. They bypassed the infamous Aussie “Woodies” (Mark Woodforde and Tood Woodbridge) for the most double titles a couple of years ago. That record put them into rarefied territory. Breaking McEnroe’s record seems to stand out even more for them.

“Breaking McEnroe’s record is something that is hard to fathom,” said Bob. “He’s such a legend and to achieve something like this won’t truly set in for awhile. Mike added, “It’s always a special feeling finishing the year as the top team. I think it’s more satisfying than winning a Slam because it represents the season as a whole.”

“When we now look back at 2011, it will now be with a lot of fond memories. The level of tennis always keeps getting stronger, so I’m most proud of our willingness to improve as we get older.”

There was a time when one had a feeling these guys would do some remarkable things in doubles, and they have more than lived up to the expectation. When you watch them play, you “get” it. They are talented, intense, communicate well, and have excellent court sense.

Some say it’s because of the twin thing. I’ve read interviews where their dad dismisses that a bit, and I get his point. He says that they have been playing doubles together since they were little kids, and have hit thousands of tennis balls in match situations. So of course they know exactly what the other is going to do on court without saying a word. He’s probably right…but the twin thing doesn’t hurt either. 🙂

Bob and Mike’s 2011 season includes two majors (Australian Open, Wimbledon), giving them 11 in their career. They’ve also won two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles (Monte-Carlo, Madrid). They were champions in Houston, at the Queen’s Club in London and Vienna. They have won at least five titles in each of the past 10 years, and have the most team titles in the Open Era with 74.

Though they expect to play doubles for awhile longer, catch them if you can. You don’t want to miss these extraordinary and exciting guys on court.

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