Bryan brothers cite health concern when withdrawing from Olympics

Brothers Bob and Mike Bryan, the 2012 London Games men’s doubles champions, announced Saturday on Facebook that they have withdrawn from the tennis competition at the Rio Olympics and cited health as their chief concern.

The twins from Camarillo, who are ranked second in the world and own a record 16 men’s doubles titles at Grand Slam tournaments, did not mention the Zika virus outbreak.

Their Facebook statement read:

“After countless hours of deliberation Mike and I have decided to forego the Rio Olympics. 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. The Olympics means so much to us for so many reasons and the memories we have wearing the Stars and Stripes will burn brightly forever.

“Thank you to the USTA for the nomination and to our fans for their unwavering support. We wish every athlete luck in their quest for Olympic glory and hope the Rio games are a positive experience for everyone involved.”

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