During the trophy ceremony, after teaming with Jack Sock to win the US Open doubles title on Friday, 40-year-old Mike Bryan told the Arthur Ashe Stadium fans that he would “hope to be back next year.”
And he expects to be back with his twin brother, Bob, with whom he has teamed up to form one of the great doubles teams in tennis history, winning 16 career Grand Slam doubles titles.
“I think Bob’s got first dibs,” a smiling Mike said of his brother, who has been sidelined for much of this year with a hip injury. “I think he is looking forward to coming back. He sees how much I love being out here still at 40. He’s itching to play next season.”
“You know, it’s good to go out on your own terms instead of an injury, and he’s super-motivated. He was actually the first guy to call us on the court to talk to both of us. He’s been really supportive, like he gets so nervous that he can’t watch the matches,” said Mike.
When Bob went out with the injury right before Wimbledon, Mike reached out to Sock. The pair clicked immediately, winning Wimbledon and now the US Open, becoming the first team to win both majors in the same year since 2003.
Sock and Bryan beat Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo, 6-3, 6-1, in their latest title match.
“It feels comfortable, and we kind of know what to expect from each other,” said Mike. “We keep each other positive, so it’s just a blast. From the locker room, from practices, to winning these trophies, it’s just been a great ride.”
Sock recognizes and appreciates the opportunity he has had to play with Mike.
“[Mike and Bob] are the greatest team to ever play this sport in doubles, and to be able to be a part of that, on the same side of the court, just an honor and blessing to be part of it,” said the 25-year-old Sock.
“So to be on the same side with one of them and to now hold two pretty big trophies is extra special,“ said Sock. “But it’s honestly all just for Bob. I have the utmost respect for these two guys.”
And if Bob comes back, Sock will step aside without hesitation.
“I think he’s earned it,” said Sock.