Monday, June 17, 2013

Bryan Brothers Head into Wimbledon on 18-Match Streak

(June 17, 2017)--The best doubles team in the history of the sport could he headed for their best season ever. Mike and Bob Bryan have already won 14 Grand Slams and yesterday they won their 90th career title as a team at Queen's Club (both are all-time records), but with their current scorching level of play, one can't help wonder: Are they going to win the calendar-year Grand Slam?

It hasn't happened in the Open Era in Men's Doubles, but Mike and Bob have already become the first pair of players to win the Australian Open and French Open back-to-back in more than 40 years.

The Bryans have put together an 18-match winning streak, won eight titles, and own a 44-6 record as they round the bend for Wimbledon. They've won the last three Grand Slams and the Olympic gold, too.

The twins are 35 years of age, but clearly they are playing with a pair of chips on their shoulders this year after losing back-to-back Davis Cup rubbers for the first time in their careers.

Whether they admit it or not, those two Davis Cup losses, both on home soil, didn't sit right with the Bryans. And just because they have rewritten the record books consistently over the last few years doesn't mean they are done chasing history. They have never won the calendar-year Grand Slam, and with 14 titles apiece, Bob and Mike are still three Slams behind John Newcombe on the all-time men's doubles Grand Slam titles list.

It could be a very interesting Wimbledon on the doubles court...