The Pliskova sisters have taken the tennis world by storm the last few years - Karolina has struck first, reaching her first Grand Slam final at the US Open last year and making her way up to No.3 in the rankings, and Kristyna’s on her way up too, currently on the verge of breaking the Top 50. And Tuesday’s a big day for them - the Pliskova twins are celebrating their 25th birthday.
In light of the Pliskova twins’ big day, we at Tennis Channel thought we’d spread the love to other tennis sibling acts - here are 10 more sibling acts who shook the tennis world in recent years:
Serena & Venus Williams. Not just one of the most successful sibling acts in the history of tennis, they’re one of the most successful sibling acts in the history of sports, period. They’ve both got legendary careers - Serena has 39 Grand Slam titles, Venus has 23 Grand Slam titles, they’ve both been No.1, they’ve got a combined total of over $120 million in prize money - the list goes on…
Bob & Mike Bryan. The Bryan brothers have won more Grand Slam titles than any men’s doubles team in the history of tennis - 16 of them - and they’re also the only two players since computer rankings began to spend more than 400 weeks at No.1 (including 438 weeks at No.1 together).
Marat Safin & Dinara Safina. The only brother and sister to both reach No.1, Safin won two Grand Slam titles on the men’s tour (2000 US Open and 2005 Australian Open) while Safina’s best results at the majors were three finals (2008 French Open, 2009 Australian Open and 2009 French Open).
Andy & Jamie Murray. While Andy has been a top singles player for almost a decade, winning three majors and now literally being THE top player, Jamie has put together an incredible resume in doubles, also winning three majors (two in men’s and one in mixed) and reaching No.1, as well.
Arantxa, Emilio & Javier Sanchez. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario took up tennis by following her older brothers to the court - she ended up reaching No.1 in both singles and doubles, winning majors in both disciplines. Emilio reached No.7 in singles and No.1 in doubles; Javier was Top 10 in doubles.
Manuela, Katerina & Magdalena Maleeva. They’re the only three sisters ever to reach the Top 10 at the same time - Manuela went as high as No.3, Katerina as high as No.6 and Magdalena as high as No.4. They all reached the quarterfinals or better at majors and won 40 career titles between them.
John & Patrick McEnroe. John had a legendary career in singles (seven majors and No.1) and doubles (10 majors - nine in men’s, one in mixed - and No.1), and Patrick put together some big results as well, reaching one Grand Slam semifinal in singles and winning a men’s doubles major too.
Byron, Wayne & Cara Black. They won a combined total of 13 majors - Byron one, Wayne two and Cara 10 - and Byron and Cara both reached No.1 in doubles (Wayne’s career-high was No.4).
Cyril Suk & Helena Sukova. Suk was a Top 10 player in doubles and Sukova a Top 5 player in singles and No.1 in doubles - and they actually won three Grand Slam mixed doubles titles together.
John & Tracy Austin. Our own Tracy Austin is a former No.1 who won two US Opens, but she and brother John were also the first brother-sister pair to win a Grand Slam mixed doubles title together.
We couldn’t list them all, so here are some honorable mentions: Agnieszka & Urszula Radwanska (Agnieszka a former No.2 and Urszula a former Top 30 player); Mischa & Alexander Zverev (both ranked in the Top 35 on the ATP World Tour right now); Luke & Murphy Jensen (1993 French Open doubles champions); Richard & Michaella Krajicek (Richard the 1996 Wimbledon champion and Michaella a former Wimbledon quarterfinalist); Sandy & Gene Mayer (1979 French Open doubles champions); and Alona & Kateryna Bondarenko (2008 Australian Open doubles champions).