The Bryan Brothers are synonymous with doubles tennis but they will call it a day at the end of the season and the first stop on that tour is the Australian Open where they will compete for the final time.

They reflected in the run up to the Grand Slam in Melbourne, a tournament which they have won together six times.

For them they know they still have the game but want to retire at the top of their levels instead of bowing out with a whimper and that is one of the main reasons for them ending their careers at this point.

“This is a really special place for us,” said Mike Bryan.

“Really successful for us. I think we made nine out of ten finals consecutively.”

“I don’t think Mike or I want to play on fumes, just to be out there,” said Bob Bryan.

“We still feel like we can contend for the big titles. (Retiring) was a very tough decision. Tennis is our life. We both love travelling the world and doing this together. But we want to go out with a little kick, not be limping around.”

Author: Samuel Gill