By Mike McIntyre
There will be new gold medalists in men's Olympic doubles tennis at the upcoming Rio Games. A day after being eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup in Toronto, Mike and Bob Bryan, the most illustrious doubles tandem of all time, have announced their withdrawal from the Olympic Games.
As several other tennis players have already done, the Bryan brothers have cited health concerns as their primary reason for pulling out of Rio.
In a story broken by The Washington Post on Saturday, Bob Bryan said, “After countless hours of deliberation, Mike and I have decided to forego the Rio Olympics." He added, "Though we’d love to compete again, as husbands and fathers, our family’s health is now our top priority."
At the age of 38 years old, the Bryan Brothers are currently ranked No. 3 and 4 in the ATP World Tour. They have collected three tournament victories thus far in 2016 but are without a Grand Slam title up to this point of the season.
Already having won everything of consequence in the tennis world, the Bryan's can proudly say they already have an Olympic Bronze medal from Beijing in 2008 as well as the previously mentioned gold medal from the London Games in 2012.