Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan: Duo Among Most Dominant Athletes in All of Sports

Van Sias@@Van_SiasContributor IIIJanuary 29, 2013

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 26:  Bob Bryan of the United States and Mike Bryan of the United States celebrate with the championship trophy after winning their doubles final match against Robin Haase of the Netherlands and Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands during day thirteen of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
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Olympic Gold. A Davis Cup title. All of the Masters 1000 titles, except for Indian Wells. And now, the most men's doubles Grand Slams ever won.

There's no doubt that Bob and Mike Bryan, the 2013 Australian Open doubles champions, have established themselves among the best players to ever pick up a tennis racquet. But looking at all they've achieved over the course of their careers, their accomplishments transcend what's been done within the confines of the court.

In fact, it's fair to say that what they've done in tennis matches up comparably with what some of the greatest players in other sports have pulled off, if not passed them outright.

Combined, Tom Brady, Kobe Bryant and Derek Jeter have won 13 championships. In other words, the same number of Grand Slam doubles titles captured by the Bryan's.

If you were to look beyond the majors and take into account ATP World Tour Finals, the California natives haven't exactly been slouches, winning the season-ending event three times.

The tier of tournaments just below the Grand Slams, the ATP Masters Series 1000 events, have been a personal playground for the Bryan's as they've won 21 times overall—the same amount as the most accomplished singles players of their generation, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Unlike those two, however, the Bryan's have won at eight of the nine host cities of the tournaments, ironically missing out at Indian Wells, Calif., their "home" tournament.

But, as alluded to earlier, that's about all they're missing out on.

The Bryan's possess every significant record there is to offer in men's doubles, with numbers that are quite staggering.  Aside from the 13 Grand Slams, the Bryan's are also closing in on 300 total weeks ranked at No. 1 and 84 titles won among them.

In other words, they've dominated. And having recently hinted at calling it quits after the 2016 Olympics, there's plenty of time to add on to their statistics—which are on par with the greats in any sport.


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