Life in Pictures: Bob and Mike Bryan

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From left, Bob Bryan, left-hander, serves 132 mph; Mike Bryan, right-hander, serves 125 mph. Mike: The quality of doubles play is stronger than it’s ever been. All of the top singles players are playing in a lot of doubles events. It’d be great if teams stuck together, like Bob and I, because fans can follow them for years. Photo: Mark Peterson Photo: Mark Peterson/Redux Pictures

For the latest edition of “Life in Pictures,” photographer Mark Peterson followed the mirror-image twins—Bob is lefty, and Mike is righty—as they played for charity before their 99th career doubles title at tournament in Cincinnati. They’ll be going for win No. 100 at the U.S. Open. Below, see their pre-match rituals, learn which one is a sucker for gimmicks that could give him an advantage, and find out why they hold hands when they’re winning.

The Bryan Brothers are identical twin brothers Robert Charles "Bob" Bryan and Michael Carl "Mike" Bryan, American professional doubles tennis players. They were born on April 29, 1978, with Mike being the elder by two minutes. Bob is with his wife and two kids and is wearing the dark shirt in the morning. Mike is wearing the white shirt in the morning and the stanford rugby shirt at the concert. aMike also has three of his fingers taped. Photo: Mark Peterson/Redux Pictures/(c)markpeterson

8:47 a.m. Bob: Our hotel room was a mess. My daughter Micaela (at left) has her own Twitter account with 13,000 followers. Everyone onthe tour knows who she is. Her best photos are with Novak Djokovic.

The Bryan Brothers are identical twin brothers Robert Charles "Bob" Bryan and Michael Carl "Mike" Bryan, American professional doubles tennis players. They were born on April 29, 1978, with Mike being the elder by two minutes. Bob is with his wife and two kids and is wearing the dark shirt in the morning. Mike is wearing the white shirt in the morning and the stanford rugby shirt at the concert. aMike also has three of his fingers taped. Photo: Mark Peterson/Redux Pictures/(c)markpeterson

9:21 a.m. Mike: When we turned pro, Bob and I lived together. We bought a house together. We were a package deal, but once we got married, we had to split it up. He lives in Miami (his wife’s family is Cuban), and I’m in Tampa.

The Bryan Brothers are identical twin brothers Robert Charles "Bob" Bryan and Michael Carl "Mike" Bryan, American professional doubles tennis players. They were born on April 29, 1978, with Mike being the elder by two minutes. Bob is with his wife and two kids and is wearing the dark shirt in the morning. Mike is wearing the white shirt in the morning and the stanford rugby shirt at the concert. aMike also has three of his fingers taped. Photo: Mark Peterson/Redux Pictures/(c)markpeterson

10:14 a.m. Bob: It was the first day of the men’s doubles tournament, but we had an off day. We try to get used to the stringing, the balls, the court conditions, the heat. We spend between $15,000 and $20,000 each year on stringing.

The Bryan Brothers are identical twin brothers Robert Charles "Bob" Bryan and Michael Carl "Mike" Bryan, American professional doubles tennis players. They were born on April 29, 1978, with Mike being the elder by two minutes. Bob is with his wife and two kids and is wearing the dark shirt in the morning. Mike is wearing the white shirt in the morning and the stanford rugby shirt at the concert. aMike also has three of his fingers taped. Photo: Mark Peterson/Redux Pictures/(c)markpeterson

11:16 a.m. Bob: Mike gets blisters if he doesn’t tape. We have to warm up our bodies a little more than we used to. A couple of years ago, I went gluten-free, like Mike. But after we won a tournament, I had a huge waffle.

The Bryan Brothers are identical twin brothers Robert Charles "Bob" Bryan and Michael Carl "Mike" Bryan, American professional doubles tennis players. They were born on April 29, 1978, with Mike being the elder by two minutes. Bob is with his wife and two kids and is wearing the dark shirt in the morning. Mike is wearing the white shirt in the morning and the stanford rugby shirt at the concert. aMike also has three of his fingers taped. Photo: Mark Peterson/Redux Pictures/(c)markpeterson

12:07 p.m. Mike (at left): We’re on our way to a charity event, emceed by our dad, who used to own a tennis club. Bob would say he is the better driver. We shared a Mercedes and I totaled it. Bob: I am the better driver.

The Bryan Brothers are identical twin brothers Robert Charles "Bob" Bryan and Michael Carl "Mike" Bryan, American professional doubles tennis players. They were born on April 29, 1978, with Mike being the elder by two minutes. Bob is with his wife and two kids and is wearing the dark shirt in the morning. Mike is wearing the white shirt in the morning and the stanford rugby shirt at the concert. aMike also has three of his fingers taped. Photo: Mark Peterson/Redux Pictures/(c)markpeterson

12:30 p.m. Mike: Bob likes to draw, so his signature is pretty artistic. He makes two Bs and puts a line through it, and he really takes his time while signing autographs. Bob: My autograph takes a half-second longer than his.

The Bryan Brothers are identical twin brothers Robert Charles "Bob" Bryan and Michael Carl "Mike" Bryan, American professional doubles tennis players. They were born on April 29, 1978, with Mike being the elder by two minutes. Bob is with his wife and two kids and is wearing the dark shirt in the morning. Mike is wearing the white shirt in the morning and the stanford rugby shirt at the concert. aMike also has three of his fingers taped. Photo: Mark Peterson/Redux Pictures/(c)markpeterson

1:11 p.m. Mike: We beat the other team [in a charity game associated with the tournament], so we did a four-man chest bump with Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, an Indian-and-Pakistani pair: “the Indo-Pak Express.”

The Bryan Brothers are identical twin brothers Robert Charles "Bob" Bryan and Michael Carl "Mike" Bryan, American professional doubles tennis players. They were born on April 29, 1978, with Mike being the elder by two minutes. Bob is with his wife and two kids and is wearing the dark shirt in the morning. Mike is wearing the white shirt in the morning and the stanford rugby shirt at the concert. aMike also has three of his fingers taped. Photo: Mark Peterson/Redux Pictures/(c)markpeterson

1:43 p.m. Bob: Holding hands when we’re winning is a shtick my dad has had us do for years. It seems to go over every time. My dad has all these shticks; we call them the dog-and-pony show.

The Bryan Brothers are identical twin brothers Robert Charles "Bob" Bryan and Michael Carl "Mike" Bryan, American professional doubles tennis players. They were born on April 29, 1978, with Mike being the elder by two minutes. Bob is with his wife and two kids and is wearing the dark shirt in the morning. Mike is wearing the white shirt in the morning and the stanford rugby shirt at the concert. aMike also has three of his fingers taped. Photo: Mark Peterson/Redux Pictures/(c)markpeterson

4:35 p.m. Bob: This is a clinic, with two groups of 30 people who got 45 minutes with us. We just sat there and played against them. It was such a long day. We sweated our butts off, and a few people did beat us.

The Bryan Brothers are identical twin brothers Robert Charles "Bob" Bryan and Michael Carl "Mike" Bryan, American professional doubles tennis players. They were born on April 29, 1978, with Mike being the elder by two minutes. Bob is with his wife and two kids and is wearing the dark shirt in the morning. Mike is wearing the white shirt in the morning and the stanford rugby shirt at the concert. aMike also has three of his fingers taped. Photo: Mark Peterson/Redux Pictures/(c)markpeterson

8:25 p.m. Mike (pictured): We had a big old jam fest with ten guys onstage, for a charity event. Bob: We play really well together, which does have to do with us being twins. Sometimes that will translate to the court.

The Bryan Brothers are identical twin brothers Robert Charles "Bob" Bryan and Michael Carl "Mike" Bryan, American professional doubles tennis players. They were born on April 29, 1978, with Mike being the elder by two minutes. Bob is with his wife and two kids and is wearing the dark shirt in the morning. Mike is wearing the white shirt in the morning and the stanford rugby shirt at the concert. aMike also has three of his fingers taped. Photo: Mark Peterson/Redux Pictures/(c)markpeterson

10:00 p.m. Mike: I’m a sucker for every gimmick that gives you a one percent advantage. This is a Juvent. I was told it increases bone density. Bob doesn’t try out anything crazy. Bob: I’ll go to Mike’s little shop of horrors before matches.

The Bryan Brothers are identical twin brothers Robert Charles "Bob" Bryan and Michael Carl "Mike" Bryan, American professional doubles tennis players. They were born on April 29, 1978, with Mike being the elder by two minutes. Bob is with his wife and two kids and is wearing the dark shirt in the morning. Mike is wearing the white shirt in the morning and the stanford rugby shirt at the concert. aMike also has three of his fingers taped. Photo: Mark Peterson/Redux Pictures/(c)markpeterson

10:05 p.m. Mike (right): Before we play, we usually get chicken-burrito bowls. Sometimes twice a day. They have Chipotles everywhere now, even near Wimbledon.

*This article appears in the August 25, 2014 issue of New York Magazine.