Sibling Tennis

In this months Washington Open, the champion World #3 Alexander Zverev had to face his brother, Mischa, for the first time in their career. This got us thinking, how many siblings have had to play each other in their careers?

The Bryan Brothers, the American doubles pair, have famously stated that when they were growing up they were forbidden to play each other by their parents. 

The Murray Brothers, Andy and Jamie have both experienced huge success, becoming World Number 1 and winning multiple Grand Slams, but on different sides of the Tour. They have never played against each other in a Professional Match, however they have played doubles together in the Davis Cup and the odd ATP 250 or 500 events. 

Most people know Agnieszka Radwańska, the former World Number 2 and 2017 Wimbledon Runner-up, but Aga actually has a younger sister on tour too. Urszula Radwańska, reached 29 in the world back in 2012, but after a series of injures has dropped outside the top 300. These two sisters have faced each other 4 times on tour, with Urszula winning their first ever meeting. Aga has won the rest. They have played a handful of doubles tournaments together, however this was early in their careers.

Another pair of high profile tennis sisters are the Plíškovás. These identical twins Karolína and Kristýna, have reached a career high ranking of 1 and 35 respectively.   These two have played each other 8 times n their careers, winning 4 apiece, however haven’t faced each other again in over 6 years. In that time they have played some doubles together, winning 3 WTA titles. 

Quite possibly the most famous pair of sisters in tennis, the Williams Sisters. These two have won 30 grand slam singles titles between them, Serena with 23, Venus with 7, and have won 14 grand slam doubles title together as well. They have both reached world number 1 in singles and doubles, and between them have reached 14 of the last 18 Wimbledon Ladies finals. They have faced each other 30 times in their career, with Serena winning 17 to Venus’s 13. 16 of these meetings have been at a Grand Slam, the last being in the Australian Open Final in 2017.

An honourable mention has to be given to two siblings, who although now both retired, and who never actually played against each other, both reached number 1 in the world. The brother sister pair of Marat and Dinara Safin are the only two to have ever achieved this. They did play together, but only ever in the Hopman Cup.


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