MIKE BRYAN TO BECOME
OLDEST ATP NO. 1 IN HISTORY
Ashley Marshall | July 11, 2018
The Bryan brothers have written and re-written the record books time and time again throughout their sure-fire Hall of Fame career.
But with Bob Bryan currently recovering from a hip injury and unable to compete at Wimbledon, twin brother Mike Bryan will add one more accolade to his resume.
With a quarterfinal men's doubles win with countryman Jack Sock on Tuesday, Mike Bryan is assured of being the new world No. 1 doubles player when the rankings are released on Monday.
And, at 40 years and 78 days old, Mike Bryan will become the oldest No. 1-ranked player in ATP World Tour history, almost 15 years after he first topped the rankings.
Mike Bryan will overtake Daniel Nestor, who previously held the record of 40 years, five days old when he was last No. 1 in September 2012.
And he is not done in the English capital just yet.
Mike Bryan and Sock, the No. 7 seeds at Wimbledon, will face the 15th-seeded duo of Dominic Inglot and Franko Skugor on Thursday in the semifinals.
Mike Bryan, who celebrated his 40th birthday in April, has won the men’s doubles title at Wimbledon three times – in 2006, 2011 and 2013, all with brother Bob.
In total, Mike Bryan has won 16 Grand Slam men’s doubles titles, in addition to four mixed doubles major titles and a 2012 Olympic gold medal.
However, he has never reached a Grand Slam men’s doubles final without his brother by his side, placing him in relatively uncharted territory, despite so many other familiar experiences. Should he reach the final, it would be his first at Wimbledon since 2014 and his first at any major since the 2017 Australian Open.
Mike Bryan first became the top-ranked doubles player in the world on Sept. 8, 2003, alongside his brother.