Before they were champions, they were just ordinary siblings that trained to achieve their dreams.
To celebrate National Siblings Day, we take a look at some of the most famous siblings in the world of tennis.
Best of friends and fiercest of rivals, Venus and Serena Williams are arguably the most famous siblings in sport. Together, the sisters have combined for 29 singles and 14 Major doubles titles. They are 14-0 as a team in Grand Slams and have won two gold medals for United States in Olympic doubles action.
They are 10 years apart in age but have found success together.
These German brothers have enjoyed a terrific start to the 2017 season – Mischa upsetting world no. 1 Andy Murray at the Australian Open to begin the year, and Alexander capturing his second career title in Montpellier. Both Zverev’s have enjoyed career-high rankings this year, as well.
Imagine two world no. 1s in one household.
In 2016, Jamie and Andy Murray were both atop of their respective disciplines within the ATP World Tour. Jamie was able to capture the world no. 1 doubles ranking in April while Andy got the no. 1 singles ranking in November. These British brothers became the pride of a nation – not to mention tennis mom Judy – upon being crowned Wimbledon champions to remain at the top of the game.
The legacy of John and Patrick McEnroe lives on long past their retirement from professional tennis.
John, a seven-time Major champion, and Patrick, the 1989 French Open doubles champion, have stepped off the court and into the commentary booth. These days, you can catch these brothers calling the shots on TV during Grand Slams.
Editor’s note: the writer was far too young to have watched the McEnroe brother, her supervisor, however, is quite a bit older, and he can confirm they were awesome.
The up-and-coming Czech twin sisters have been turning heads over the past few seasons.
In 2016, Karolina surged in the latter end of the season to win Cincinnati and reach the finals of the US Open. So far in 2017 she has captured the title in Brisbane and Doha. Kristyna has posted impressive results of her own, namely defeating Charleston champion Daria Kasatkina, Roberta Vinci and Irina-Camelia Begu. At 25, these twins are only beginning to peak.
The most successful doubles team in history.
American twins Bob and Mike Bryan have made a total of 166 finals together and hold a 112-54 record. Yes, you read that correctly, the brothers hold 112 titles together. They have completed the career Grand Slam and are the 2012 Olympic gold medalists. The twins will turn 39 at the end of April and currently hold a 1013-317 career record.