Bob and Mike Bryan have had a storied career in their 21 incredible years on tour. The Bryan Brothers have won 119 titles together, including a record 16 Grand Slam doubles titles.
The brothers joined this week’s episode of Tennis United hosted by Vasek Pospisil and Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
It was doubles week on Tennis United. Co-hosts Pospisil and Mattek-Sands are both Grand Slam doubles champions. It was only befitting that the Bryan Brothers got to feature in this latest episode.
“You’ve got to be crazy to be around someone like this for this long,” said Mike.
“This doesn’t last unless we have the same DNA, the same blood. Our teeth are the same, we’ve got our braces on and off the same day. His retainer fit my mouth, it was just weird,” Bob said.
“We’ve been connected at the hip since birth. I think twins are weird. It’s not normal to be this close to someone that’s not your spouse. It’s an unbreakable bond. It had to be a twin relationship for this to last this many years.”
How Bryan Brothers stayed together
Winning on the court is one thing, but maintaining your relationship with a partner is another. It’s unheard of for partners to stay together throughout their careers like the Bryan Brothers have.
“You have to be able to be around them all day with the practice, eating lunch. You’re a package deal. It is like a marriage and then you’re going through ups and downs weekly,” Mike said.
“When stress gets involved, things could be said and if you lose matches you never want to look in the mirror and say, ‘I could have done this.’ We never had that vibe.”
“You play doubles with a guy for a couple years and he starts to get on your nerves and you’re looking for someone new,” Bob added.