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Bryan brothers withdraw from Rio Games, cite health priority

  • File-This July 5, 2016, file photo shows Mike Bryan, front, and Bob Bryan of the U.S return to Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic during their men's doubles match on day eight of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London. Bob and Mike Bryan will not defend their Olympic doubles title in Rio, citing health concerns. The twins announced their withdrawal on their Facebook page Saturday, July 30, 2016, saying that as "husbands and fathers, our family's health is now our top priority." They didn't mention the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

    File-This July 5, 2016, file photo shows Mike Bryan, front, and Bob Bryan of the U.S return to Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic during their men's doubles match on day eight of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London. Bob and Mike Bryan will not defend their Olympic doubles title in Rio, citing health concerns. The twins announced their withdrawal on their Facebook page Saturday, July 30, 2016, saying that as "husbands and fathers, our family's health is now our top priority." They didn't mention the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • File-This March 5, 2016, file photo shows Mike Bryan, left, and Bob Bryan playing against Australia's Lleyton Hewitt and John Peers during their Davis Cup doubles match in Melbourne, Australia. Bob and Mike Bryan will not defend their Olympic doubles title in Rio, citing health concerns. The twins announced their withdrawal on their Facebook page Saturday, July 30, 2016, saying that as "husbands and fathers, our family's health is now our top priority." They didn't mention the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects. (AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill, File)

    File-This March 5, 2016, file photo shows Mike Bryan, left, and Bob Bryan playing against Australia's Lleyton Hewitt and John Peers during their Davis Cup doubles match in Melbourne, Australia. Bob and Mike Bryan will not defend their Olympic doubles title in Rio, citing health concerns. The twins announced their withdrawal on their Facebook page Saturday, July 30, 2016, saying that as "husbands and fathers, our family's health is now our top priority." They didn't mention the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects. (AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill, File)  (The Associated Press)

Bob and Mike Bryan will not defend their Olympic doubles title in Rio, citing health concerns.

The twins announced their withdrawal on their Facebook page Saturday, saying that as "husbands and fathers, our family's health is now our top priority." They didn't mention the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects.

The Bryans won gold at the 2012 London Games. The Americans are the No. 2 doubles team and have won 16 Grand Slam title, a men's record.

Americans John Isner and Sam Querrey also are skipping the Rio Olympics, citing scheduling issues.

Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic, Tomas Berdych and Simona Halep are among those withdrawing from Rio because of Zika.