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TENNIS.com Podcast: Bob and Mike Bryan on retiring at the 2020 US Open
On the day of their Tennis Channel live announcement, the 41-year-olds reflected on their careers, and looked ahead to what's next in the new year and beyond.
Published Nov 13, 2019
“I’m going to look forward to just sharing these moments with my family. I told Micaela the plans for retirement, she actually was crying and she was like, 'You can still go back, if you’re retired you can still come back and play, right?' I'm like yeah, but it’s pretty final."
Bob and Mike Bryan announced on Wednesday that the 2020 season will be their final year on tour. They broke the news on Tennis Channel and sat down with the TENNIS.com Podcast's Nina Pantic and guest co-host TENNIS.com Senior Content Editor Matt Fitzgerald for a special episode (Irina Falconi is playing the WTA 125K Series in Houston).
The twins dropped some more breaking news on the show: Bob Bryan is actually the older twin. For their entire careers, and lives, they thought Mike was older by a few minutes, but a close inspection of Mike's birth certificate tells otherwise.
"It said twin, but it said 'second,'' Mike said. "So for these 41 years I've thought I'm the oldest twin, and we told everyone I'm two minutes older than Bob. Bob's actually officially the older brother."
They discuss the plans for their final year on tour, the future of the Bryan Bros Band, which might have to include a rerelease of "Autograph", and how life will change when Mike's baby boy arrives in April. His big brother already has three young children (Micaela, Bob Jr. and Richie).
The Bryans have set a lot of records, including most weeks at No. 1. (Getty Images)
The Bryans played their first ATP match together at the 1995 US Open, and 25 years later, the 2020 US Open will be their final tournament. They have won 118 titles together, including 16 Grand Slams. When Bob needed hip replacement surgery last season, Mike teamed with Jack Sock and won two more majors, putting him at 18.
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