Twin brothers Bob and Mike Bryan became the first men’s doubles team to hold all four Grand Slam tournament titles on the professional level after winning the Wimbledon championship on Saturday.
The Camarillo natives defeated Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Marcelo Melo of Brazil, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, to claim their 15th major title and 24th consecutive win of the season.
The Bryan brothers also won the gold medal in doubles at the 2012 London Olymypics.
If the Bryan twins repeat at the U.S. Open this summer, they’ll be the first doubles team to win all four major championships in the same year, which is known as a Grand Slam, during the Open, or professional, era that began in 1968.
“It’s been a really good run for us,” Bob Bryan said. “But we’ve just taken it one point at a time. It adds up over two or three months. We’ve put the game in the right perspective. When we lose, it’s not the end of the world.”
Ken McGregor and Frank Sedgman were the first doubles team to achieve a Grand Slam in doubles when they won all four majors in 1951.
“It’s hard to even dream that we’d have the Slam, all four at one time,” Mike Bryan said. “It all started back after we won the gold. It just felt like a huge pressure was released. Went on to win the Open and had a great summer.
“This year we’ve been on an amazing tear. Never had a streak like this. Especially at 35, I feel like we’re hitting our peak.”