Brothers Mike and Bob Bryan has officially completed the “Golden Bryan Slam” when the due defeated Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in the men’s doubles final at the Wimbledon 2013 Championships on Monday.
The victory has officially made the brothers the first team in the Open-era tennis history to hold all four Major titles at the same time, starting at the 2012 US Open until 2013 Wimbledon.
The brothers also hold the distinction of also having held all the Grand Slams including the Olympic gold medal which they won in London in 2012 at the All England Club.
“It just feels like we’re adding nuts and whipped cream and cherries to our great career,” Bob Bryan said. “We said that a few years ago: If we retire today, we feel like we’ve done it all. Let’s go have some fun and add to whatever this is.”
This is now their 15th Grand Slam title in men’s doubles, which is a record for the most number of Grand Slam victories by a team.
For now, the brothers are relishing this victory but they now have their eyes at the final Grand Slam event of the year – the US Open. If they win the title in New York, they will become the second doubles team to complete a calendar Grand Slam, a first since Ken McGregor and Frank Sedgman did this in 1951.
“I didn’t think anything could feel as sweet as the gold medal, but this one just feels like there’s a cap, a lid, or a ribbon around our career,” Mike Bryan said. “It’s pretty cool. It’s something we never dreamed of, to try to win four in a row. It’s too hard to dominate in doubles. Maybe we had a little luck involved along the way. We just took them one at a time. It just added up.”