May 13, 2018 / 6:38 PM / a year ago

Tennis-Injury denies Bryan brothers return to top spot

MADRID, May 13 (Reuters) - Injury denied American twins Bob and Mike Bryan the chance of becoming the oldest doubles pair to top the ATP rankings as they had to retire in the Madrid Open final on Sunday.

The 40-year-olds were trailing 5-3 against Nikola Mektic and Alexander Peya when Bob Bryan suffered a hip injury after appearing to land awkwardly.

Had they claimed a 39th Masters 1000 title they would have moved ahead of Pole Lukasz Kubot and Brazilian Marcelo Melo at the top of the standings.

“Very mixed emotions right now,” Austrian Peya said. “We are very happy that we won the tournament, but it is not the way you want it to end.” (Reporting by Martyn Herman Editing by Toby Davis)

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