In the tennis world, the names Bob and Mike are synonymous. The dynamic doubles pairing began their legendary careers at Stanford, with Bob Bryan putting together two of the most dominant all-around seasons in college tennis during his time as a Cardinal. In 1998, Bob won the NCAA triple crown, capturing both the singles and doubles titles (with brother Mike) after helping lead Stanford to the team title and an undefeated season. This was nothing new for Bob as he helped lead Stanford to the team title in 1997 as well.
With 439 weeks as the No. 1 ranked doubles player in the world, it is evident that Bob’s accomplishments didn’t stop at the collegiate level. Taking the tour by storm alongside his brother Mike, the duo would become the most successful professional doubles team of all time. Together, Bob and Mike won 16 Grand Slam doubles titles and earned the title of the ATP Team of the Decade for the 2000’s. Additionally, the Bryan Brothers won at least one Grand Slam title each year for an amazing 10 years and in 2012, clinched the coveted ‘Golden Slam’, winning all four Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal. Bob’s success in doubles also occurred in mixed, where he won seven career Grand Slam mixed doubles titles.
Recently, Bob was named the US Davis Cup captain, replacing fellow US great Marty Fish. “I am extremely honored and humbled for this opportunity to captain the United States Davis Cup team”, said Bob. “I have been inspired watching these young American players continue to rise and I am motivated to contribute to this positive momentum. I am passionately looking forward to working with the players, their coaches, teams, and the USTA support staff in our mission to bring the Cup back to the USA.” Bob will take over in September.
With the great impact that Bob Bryan has made, and will continue to make on both the collegiate and professional tennis worlds, it’s no wonder that the most renowned doubles professional is entering the ITA Men’s Collegiate Hall of Fame. The ceremony to celebrate Bob, and five additional 2023 Men’s Hall of Fame Inductees, is in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday, May 21 at 6 pm. For more information and to RSVP, click on the link below.