Sporting brothers and sisters

The Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, are widely regarded as the greatest sporting siblings in the world, but who else is there?

Plenty of us play sports but few ever make it to the ranks of professional. Even fewer are those who make it and are able to dominate at the highest level. Now imagine the odds of siblings making it to the pros and excelling at a Hall of Fame level. There have been some formidable sports siblings before, but often one of the siblings is great and the other is average or more often than that both siblings are just average.

Venus and Serena Williams - Tennis

The Williams sisters are two professional American tennis players: Venus Williams born 1980, seven-time Grand Slam title winner (singles), and Serena Williams born 1981, eleven-time Grand Slam title winner (singles), both of whom were coached from an early age by their father Richard Williams. There is a noted professional rivalry between them, the Williams Sisters rivalry.

Both sisters had the honor of being ranking by the Women's Tennis Association at the World number one position. There is no other sport, where two siblings were both ranked at the number one position. In 2001, Serena Williams and Venus Williams were ranked number one and number two respectively. Twenty three Grand Slam Titles for Serena and nineteen for Venus, so far.

Other siblings in professional tennis have included include Maleevas(3), Everts, McEnroes, Jensens, Safins, Mal and Mashona Washington and Bryans unadjusted career earnings

Eli and Peyton Manning - American Football

Elisha Nelson "Eli" Manning (born January 3, 1981) is an American football quarterback for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He is the younger brother of NFL quarterback Peyton Manning and the son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning. He played college football at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) after attending prep school at Isidore Newman School in New Orleans. He was drafted as the first overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers, but immediately traded to the New York Giants, who traded 4th overall pick Philip Rivers. Manning won the most valuable player award in Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008

Peyton Williams Manning (born March 24, 1976) is an American football quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. One of only two three-time NFL MVPs, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. He was drafted by the Colts as the first overall pick in 1998 after a standout college football career with the Tennessee Volunteers. He is the son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning and the older brother of current New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

Steve and Mark Waugh - Cricket (Australia)

Stephen Rodger Waugh, AO (born 2 June 1965 in Canterbury, New South Wales) is a former Australian cricketer, and fraternal twin of former Australian cricketer Mark Waugh. Steve Waugh captained the Australian Test cricket team from 1999 to 2004. He is the most capped Test player in history with 168 appearances. He is known amongst friends as "Tugga" (as in tug of war), and amongst the public as "Iceman" for his ability to remain calm and cool in high-pressure situations throughout his career. Dean Waugh, another of Steve's brothers, is also a cricketer, having played first-class and list A cricket in Australia. He is known for his philanthropic work, and he was named Australian of the Year in 2004.

On 30 September 2009, Steve Waugh was one of five new members inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

The so the list goes on.....

Michael and Raf Schumacher - Formula One Racing

Rory and Tony Underwood - Rugby

Gary, Phil (Football) and sister Tracy Neville (Netball)

Jack and Bobby Charlton - Football

David and John Lloyd - Tennis

1 comment:

EM said...

The Clough brothers in canoeing