The Bryan brothers desperately wanted to play in Davis Cup matches but weren’t good enough to do it individually. They proposed becoming a doubles team to U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe.
“You guys have to be No.1 in the world,” the Bryans recalled McEnroe telling them. “You have to be a shoo-in and be best in the world. I have to have confidence in you every time.”
The Bryans have lived up to that expectation — particularly in Davis Cup play, in which they have combined for an 11-1 mark. The twins had a 51-6 record this year headed into the Legg Mason and have won seven of their 40 career titles in 2007.
The Bryans‘ agent, John Tobias, said their bonuses and endorsement deals with companies like Adidas are similar to those of a top-10 singles player but declined to offer a specific figure.
“A lot of our incentives were in doubles with our contracts,” Bryan said. “These companies wanted us to play doubles, and they could market us a bit better. The bottom line — we [couldn’t have] made more money than we had on the doubles court.”
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