Due to policy amendments that were instituted in 2018, the most accomplished team in doubles history will be on the Class of 2025 ballot. This is the first possible ballot for entry into the Hall Of Fame for the Bryan brothers, who captured 119 tour-level trophies as a team, due to the organisation’s five-year retirement policy.
Tribute: Farewell Bob & Mike, Doubles Giants
The Automatic Inclusion Policy states that players whose record of achievement meets the following criteria will be automatically placed on the first eligible ballot:
Singles: Must have won three major singles titles and have been ranked World No. 1 for a minimum of 13 weeks; Or, have won five major singles titles.
Doubles: Must have won 12 major doubles titles and have been ranked World No. 1 for a minimum of 52 weeks; Or, have won 15 major doubles titles.
As a pairing, the Bryans lifted a team record 16 major doubles titles and spent 438 weeks atop the FedEx ATP Doubles Team Rankings.
The brothers will still have to be voted in by the International Tennis Hall Of Fame voting group, but they will not be subject to the multi-level nomination process and committee review that takes place ahead of getting on the ballot each year.