Dec. 12, 2011 marked another day in history for Mike and Bob Bryan. The twin brothers broke John McEnroe's record of weeks atop the ATP doubles rankings.
The Bryan brothers are tied for the most weeks ranked No. 1 of the individual doubles rankings at 271 weeks. Fellow American John McEnroe held the former mark with 270 weeks.
The 33-year-old doubles partners have been the ATP year-end No. 1 doubles team for a record seven times. In those 270 weeks (which is a little more than five years), Mike and Bob were honored as the ATP team of the decade (2000-2009).
Here's the first two questions the ATP recently had with the Bryan brothers:You two are now the all-time World No. 1 in doubles with 271 weeks. Talk about this achievement and where it ranks in your growing list of milestones.
Mike: It's a great feeling to achieve the most weeks at No. 1. We didn't really look at this record until this year. 271 weeks is an astronomical number. To achieve this record and surpass John McEnroe, who we've always looked up to, is awesome. This ranks up with our record of most team titles. It shows we were consistent throughout our whole career and we didn't want to relinquish the top spot.
Bob: It is number two, right below getting married, and will soon be number three, after my wife gives birth to our daughter in January.
Have you thought about how long 271 weeks is? That's 2,731,680 minutes or in real world terms, over 26 marriages to Kim Kardashian. It's not one of those achievements you just check off, is it?
Bob: Haha. It's felt more like 260 marriages to Kim Kardashian! Being on top is great but tough at the same time. You can't be satisfied because there is always a pack of hungry wolves nipping at your heels. It you don't work hard to run fast, you'll get swallowed up.
Mike: 2.7 million? Wow, that's a ton of minutes. It's hard to fathom as it seems like just yesterday in 2003 when we got to No. 1 for the first time after winning Roland Garros and reaching the US Open final. It's all happened fairly quickly, so to think we racked up 2.7 million minutes is hard to comprehend.