Bob and Mike Bryan, arguably the greatest doubles team in the history of the sport, were intent on putting an off year—by their standards—behind them in 2018.
The brothers advanced to the semifinals of the Australian Open, then reached four straight Masters 1000 finals—winning two of them—before Bob was sidelined with a hip injury.
Mike played on with various partners before finding a groove at Wimbledon this year with fellow American Jack Sock. Seeded seventh, the pair has played deep into the second week, and by reaching the semifinals, Mike Bryan will be back on top of the doubles rankings come Monday.
At the age of 40, he’ll also be the oldest man to sit atop the ATP penthouse. It’s a fact that his brother Bob was more than happy to acknowledge from afar.
Congrats big bro for becoming the oldest #1 at 40 years old. This accomplishment is so well deserved especially after a very tough last year and all the tireless work you’ve put in, on and off the court. Even though I’m not there to physically celebrate with you, I’m always there in spirit. Good luck in your quest for another Wimbledon title. Hope to join you in the deuce court soon. @mikecbryan @wimbledon
Sock also recognized the tremendous feat accomplished by his Wimbledon teammate.
Mike Bryan—a three-time Wimbledon champion—is seeking his first men’s major without his brother by his side, and his 17th overall in the discipline. Sock won the title in 2014 with Vasek Pospisil, upsetting the Bryans in the final.
The Americans outlasted Dominic Inglot and Franko Skugor in five sets on Thursday to reach the final.
They'll take on Michael Venus and Raven Klaasen for the crown on Saturday.
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