American Tennis lifted by Bryans’ Accomplishments
On Thursday, the pair of identical twins won their doubles semifinal match leaving the 35 year olds only one victory away from setting a new Open-era record.
With a victory in the men’s double finals, the Bryans would hold all four of the major titles – Wimbledon, Australian, U.S. Open and French – at the same time, which has never happened.
That possible history-making news however will not knock the men’s singles winner of the top spot or come before the night’s baseball or even soccer results on the nightly news.
Doubles players such as the Bryans, even though they have set records in their field, do not receive the recognition or are not fully appreciated by the tennis world and much less by the casual sports fan.
If the Bryans’ accomplishments were those of a singles player, he could very well be considered the best in tennis history.
The pair has 14 Grand Slam titles, tying them with Pete Sampras for second overall. The two have been No. 1 for 310 weeks, eight weeks longer than the record set by Swiss Roger Federer. They have won 90 tournament titles, which places them behind just Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl.
During the 15-year professional career of the twins on tour, they have won more than $20 million. The doubles team is also 21-3 in their Davis Cup matches for the U.S. team.
Now they can set yet another tennis record at Wimbledon this weekend that will surely go unnoticed by the vast majority of sports fans.