The doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan wrapped up their storied Davis Cup careers with yet another win.
The pair won the doubles to clinch the qualifying tie against Uzbekistan played in Honolulu, Hawaii and get their team a spot in the finals in Madrid. The 40-year-olds will not play in Madrid, although they might go to watch and cheer.
"To clinch a tie -- we've only had that opportunity a few times in our career," said Mike Bryan. "You don't get to run around with the flag on court, at home, very often. To leave our Davis Cup careers with that, it's awesome."
The Bryans have played Davis Cup for 17 years, racking up so many terrific wins -- alongside a few disappointing defeats. Bob won 26, and Mike won 28 doubles matches in team colors, including lifting the Cup in 2007.
They were "like huge Grand Slam matches," said Mike, while Bob called them some of the "most important matches" of their careers.
“We played and always felt the Davis Cup crowds could carry us -- we played some great tennis,” Bob said.
Their former teammate, Mardy Fish, is the current captain. "It was great having them for one more tie," he said.
Two of the younger Americans, Reilly Opelka and Taylor Fritz, won their matches in singles in Hawaii. According to the Bryans, they and other young players will form a very good Davis Cup team.
"Yeah, look, we're almost 20 years older than this young crop," Bob said. "They're really making an impact right now. They could be 12 to 18 months away from winning a Grand Slam, one of these guys. We think they have the potential."
The team is among 18 nations that will compete in the finals in Madrid.