Bryan brothers pull out of Rio Games

American defending champions Bob and Mike Bryan are the latest tennis players to pull out of The Rio Olympics which starts on August 5 with the opening ceremony.

The duo, who are the most decorated men’s doubles tennis pair of all time, made the decision not to play after their defeat on Friday in the Rogers Cup quarter-finals.

In a statement to The Washington Post, ahead of what would have been their fourth Olympics, Bob Bryan said health concerns were behind the decision to give Rio a miss, while not saying it, the decision could be as a result of Zika virus fears.  

“After countless hours of deliberation, Mike and I have decided to forego the Rio Olympics,” Bob Bryan told The Washington Post. “Though we’d love to compete again, as husbands and fathers, our family’s health is now our top priority.

“Representing Team USA is one of our proudest tennis moments to date and winning gold in 2012 will always remain the pinnacle of our career. …We wish every athlete luck in their quest for Olympic glory and hope the Rio Games are a positive experience for everyone involved.”

Bob added that the whole family was involved in the final decision, “Our wives were involved, our parents were involved and it’s the toughest decision we’ve probably ever made. But ultimately we feel better about it.”

And in other Tennis Olympic news, young German star Alexander Zverev is the latest to announce his decision to pull out of the Rio Games as he was not feeling 100% in a statement via Instagram.

"Unfortunately, I have had to withdraw from the Olympics. During my last two ATP matches in Washington and Toronto, I did not feel 100% and after several consultations with doctors and my team, we have decided that I must withdraw from the Olympics. I hope to be back in full form for the ATP Masters 1000 in Cincinnati and wish my German teammates all the best in Rio."

The German Olympic tennis team now consists of Philipp Kohlschreiber, Dustin Brown and Jan-Lennard Struff in men’s singles, and Angelique Kerber, Andrea Petkovic, Annika Beck and Laura Siegemund in women’s singles.