Meniscus Magazine asks the Bryan Brothers about being No. 1


Prior to their lone home appearance for the Washington Kastles, Bob and Mike Bryan spoke with reporters in a press conference.  The twin brothers competed in men’s and mixed doubles against the San Diego Aviators, leading the Kastles to a 23-16 victory on July 20.  We asked the Bryans about their respective numbers of weeks that they held the No. 1 world ranking – and why those statistics weren’t identical.

Kwai Chan: One of the statistics that you mentioned that, to me, is remarkable is from your own website, actually.  It is claimed that you guys have been No. 1 for 455 weeks.  That’s almost 10 years.  Mike, I think you had 455 first-place [finishes], and then Bob, you had 440.

Bob: Yeah, I was having a baby and this jerk went and played without me.

Oh, is that what happened?  [audience laughter]

Mike: It was controversial [smiling].  I went and played a Davis Cup match with Mardy Fish.  We didn’t know it at the time, but they awarded points.  They gave five to 10 points for a Davis Cup win.  It was pretty minuscule.

Bob: He was nice.  He actually offered to give the points back.

Mike: We met with the ATP president because we wanted to have the records exactly the same.  And he said, you know, we can’t change the rule book.

Bob: We actually got all the Top 10 players to say, ‘Mike Bryan wants to give away his points.’  They all signed off.  [Daniel] Nestor was like, fine.  Leander [Paes] was like, great, give them back.  We got them to sign off on it, but it didn’t get passed.

As a reference, the next person – No. 3 – is John McEnroe.  He has 270.

Bob: Yeah, he’s not very happy.  [audience laughter]

Photos: Washington Kastles 23, San Diego Aviators 16
all photos by Kwai Chan / Meniscus Magazine

Video: Bob & Mike Bryan press conference – 2017 Washington Kastles, World TeamTennis
video by Mai D. Chan / Meniscus Magazine