By News Team
14th May 2021
Tennis doubles is a rare instance in sport that requires an individual to merge into a team resulting in a hybrid of solo and team play.
With that in mind, have you ever wondered what partnership sits a cut above the rest when it comes to the best doubles tennis players?
Well, we have compiled a list of the best tennis doubles players and narrowed it down to provide the best in men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles tennis to give you the answer.
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan
It’s difficult to look past the record of the identical Bryan twins when it comes to men’s doubles tennis. Retiring in 2020, they accumulated a remarkable 119 tournament wins, which included 16 Grand Slam titles. Making their major championship debut in 1995, they went on to dominate the men’s tennis doubles arena for over 20 years.
Outside of their 16 Grand Slam titles they also helped their home nation land the Davis Cup when the United States won in 2007, and in 2008 they went on to land a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics. However, the best was yet to come for the brothers as at the peak of their powers in 2012 and 2013 they held all four major titles and the gold medal from the London Olympics. Their dominance of men’s doubles tennis is hard to dispute and they perfectly fit the top of the bill.
Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver
In what was an era of dominance for the pair in women’s doubles tennis, Martina Navratilova and Pam Shriver recorded a vast number of Grand Slam victories that are largely thought to be unbeatable. In their 10-year reign at the top of the women’s doubles game from 1981 to 1991, the pair went on to secure a record 21 Grand Slam titles on every possible surface.
The partnership between the two was not without its trials and tribulations but when they were on the court together, none of that mattered and they knew one another’s game inside out. The duo enjoyed vastly different career successes in the women’s tennis singles game but together they managed to achieve 79 titles together and went on a remarkable 109-match winning streak from 1983 to 1985. They were crowned the WTA Tour Doubles Team of the Year eight straight times.
Margaret Court and Marty Riessen
We have to go right back to the beginning of the Open era to find the best mixed doubles tennis team, and in doing that we find Margaret Court and Marty Riessen.
They started their mixed doubles tennis partnership in 1969 and went on to dominate through the early 70s. Starting with the Australian Open in 1969, they secured a total of six Grand Slam victories. However, twice they had to settle for the runners-up spot behind tennis royalty, Billie Jean King. They made a Grand Slam final every year between 1969 and 1975 and the period was very much known for their dominance. The American (Riessen) and Australian (Court) have secured their place as two of the best doubles tennis players.