The last time Bob and Mike Bryan held a trophy on the clay at Roland Garros was in 2003. And now they’ll have to wait another year.
Losing to Brazil’s Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6 (6), the brothers only slid around the clay for 77 minutes.
The 32-year-old identical twins ranked No. 1 in the ATP standings had won the last 31 of 37 matches entering the French Open. Had they won, the Bryan Brothers would have been one round closer to setting the Open Era record of 62 doubles tournament titles.
Melo and Soares are ranked No. 17.