The U.S. Open is one of the most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world, and it has produced some of the greatest champions in history. Here is a look at some of the all-time great men’s doubles champions, based on their number of titles, longevity, and overall dominance.
Greatest Men’s Doubles U.S. Open Champions
- Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014)
The Bryan Brothers are considered the most successful men’s doubles team in U.S. Open history. The Bryans are actually “mirror twins”, where Mike is right-handed and Bob is left-handed. This allowed them to cover more of the court, more naturally. Their five doubles titles are the most in the Open era.
- Richard D. Sears/James Dwight (1882-84, 1886-87)
Sears and Dwight dominated the pre-Open era, winning five titles in six years. Actually, the year the duo didn’t win the title (1885), Sears won the title with a different partner, Joseph Clark.
- Fred B. Alexander/Harold H. Hackett (1907-1910)
From 1905-1911, Alexander and Hackett appeared in seven consecutive finals. While they lost three of those finals, their streak of four consecutive titles remains a record to this day.
- Robert Lutz/Stan Smith (1968, 1974, 1978, 1980)
In addition to being one of the more successful doubles team in U.S. Open history, Lutz and Smith hold the distinction of the longest period between titles (12 years).
The Best of the Rest
- John McEnroe/Peter Fleming (1979, 1981, 1983)
- Maurice E. McLoughlin/Thomas C. Bundy (1912-14)
- William Johnston/Clarence Griffin (1915-16, 1920)
- Charles McKinley/Dennis Ralston (1961, 1963-64)
- Jack Kramer/Frederick R. Schroeder, Jr. (1940-41, 1947)
- Holcombe Ward/Dwight F. Davis (1899-1901)
- Holcombe Ward/Beals C. Wright (1904-06)
- William Tilden, 2nd/Vincent Richards (1918, 1921-22)
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