By McCarton Ackerman
Having already established themselves as the most prolific doubles team in history, American twins Bob and Mike Bryan will be looking to cement their legacy during this year’s Emirates Airline US Open Series, going where no other tandem has gone before.
The brothers have won 15 Grand Slam doubles titles together (including four US Open titles), picked up gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics, helped lead the U.S. to the Davis Cup championship in 2007 and held the No. 1 ranking in doubles for a staggering 367 weeks. And with a 4,000-point lead over the current No. 2 doubles team in the world, Alexander Peya of Austria and Bruno Soares of Brazil, they likely won't relinquish their grip on the top spot anytime soon.
They already hold the record for most titles won as a doubles team, with 98 in totall, and it’s possible – perhaps even likely – that they will hit 100 during the 2014 edition of the Series. The Bryan brothers have won 14 Series titles throughout their career and have prevailed in at least one Series tournament in nine of the last 10 years. They’ve lifted the winner’s trophy five times at the former Series event in Los Angeles, as well as three times each in Cincinnati, Toronto and Washington, D.C.
Fittingly, the Bryans have committed to play in those three Series events this summer as their lead-up to the US Open. Although while most of the top doubles teams in the world are also committed to play in these events, the brothers have historically thrived in front of home crowds during the summer.
Winning two of the most prestigious tournaments in the world in just a few short weeks is a tough task for any squad, but it’s safe to say that the winningest men’s doubles team in history will be up for the challenge.