Kevin Anderson (tennis)

Rising star Thiem, top US man Isner skipping Olympic tennis

Mike Bryan panicked a bit, understandably, when he received a phone call about the burglar alarm sounding at his home back in the U.S. while he was at the French Open.

"The first thing I thought about is: 'Where's the gold medal? I don't think my wife hid it in the sock drawer,'" half of the most successful doubles team in tennis history recounted with a laugh. "And it was still there. Thank God. If the house burned down, I'd probably try to save some pictures, but otherwise, the gold is the first thing you'd run for. Can't replace that."

For all of his duo's records — 16 Grand Slam doubles championships, more than 100 tournament titles, more than...