Saturday, August 4, 2018

Bob Bryan has hip surgery, vows to return

Bob, left, and Mike Bryan acknowledge the crowd's ap-
plause during the 2016 U.S. Open. Photo by Paul Bauman
   Bob Bryan (Stanford, 1997-98) underwent hip surgery on Thursday and will miss the rest of the season.
   Bryan, 40, has not played since getting hurt in the Madrid final in May. Playing with twin Mike (Stanford, 1997-98) against Nikola Mektic of Croatia and Alexander Peya of Austria, Bob landed awkwardly on his right foot while serving in the first set. Then, for the first time in 1,408 career matches, one of the brothers retired.
   "After 3 months of doctors visits & physical therapy I came to the conclusion that surgery was my only path back to the tour & living pain free," Bob Bryan tweeted on Friday. "Yesterday's procedure went smoothly & I look forward to a healthier and stronger future on the court. Thanks for the (heart) and support."
   Mike Bryan won Wimbledon with Jack Sock last month for his 17th Grand Slam men's doubles title, an ongoing record, and first without Bob. Mike also returned to No. 1 in the rankings.
   Mike Bryan and Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France reached Sunday's Washington final. Sock is recovering from an ankle injury but plans to play with Bryan in Toronto, Cincinnati and the U.S. Open, tennis.com reported.

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