Neal Skupski

Neal Skupski (born 1 December 1989)[1] is a British professional tennis player. He has a career-high ATP ranking of world No. 14 in doubles, achieved on 9 August 2021, and is currently the British No. 3 in doubles. He is best known for having played college tennis at the Louisiana State University, where he studied for a degree in sports administration. He turned professional in 2013.[2]

Neal Skupski
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Country (sports) Great Britain
ResidenceLiverpool, England
Born (1989-12-01) 1 December 1989 (age 32)
Liverpool
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Turned pro2013
PlaysRight-handed
CollegeLSU
Prize moneyUS$1,392,499
Singles
Career record0–0
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 932 (8 November 2010)
Doubles
Career record150–120 (55.6% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles8
Highest rankingNo. 14 (9 August 2021)
Current rankingNo. 20 (18 October 2021)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2022)
French OpenQF (2020)
WimbledonQF (2017)
US OpenSF (2019)
Other doubles tournaments
Olympic Games2R (2021)
Mixed doubles
Career titles1
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (2019)
French OpenQF (2021)
WimbledonW (2021)
US OpenQF (2021)
Team competitions
Davis CupSF (2019)
Last updated on: 10 January 2022.

Early life and professional careerEdit

Skupski was born in Liverpool and went to King David High School. His father, Ken Sr. of Polish descent, is a retired police officer, his mother Mary is a golfer. Neal is the younger brother of Ken Skupski Jr., with whom he has regularly partnered since 2013.[3] He competed in handful of matches in 2010 and 2011, before taking a full year out to finish his degree at Louisiana State University.[4]

2013: ATP debut, first ATP final, top 100 debutEdit

He began competing as a professional in 2013, initially playing on the Futures and Challenger Tours. After playing with a number of partners, he started competing more frequently with his brother Ken from March 2013 onwards.[5] The pair reached the final of the Nottingham Trophy on the Challenger Tour, before winning five Challenger titles in 2013, as of 23 September.[6][7] These wins saw Neal move into the world top 200 in July 2013.

At the 2013 Kremlin Cup the Skupski brothers entered their first ATP World Tour tournament, progressing to the final, where they lost on a tie-break.[8] Following the final, Neal moved into the top 100 for the first time, having been unranked at the start of the season. He ended 2013 ranked 86th in the world.

2017–2018: First Grand Slam quarterfinal, first two ATP titlesEdit

At the 2017 Wimbledon Championships he reached the quarterfinals as a wildcard for the first time in his career partnering with his brother Ken where they were defeated by 4th seeded pair Łukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo.

Skupski won his first ATP Tour title at the Open Sud de France, partnering again with his brother Ken, their first ATP title together.[9] He won his second and biggest title of his career thus far at the ATP 500 2018 Vienna Open partnering with fellow Brit Joe Salisbury.

2019–2020: First Grand Slam mixed-doubles and doubles semifinals, first Masters-1000 finalEdit

Skupski and Spanish partner María José Martínez Sánchez were defeated in their mixed doubles semifinal at the 2019 Australian Open by third seeded pair and eventual champions Barbora Krejčíková and Rajeev Ram.

Following the 2019 French Open, Skupski formed a partnership with fellow Briton Jamie Murray.[10] With Murray he reached his first Grand Slam semifinal at the 2019 US Open (tennis) where they lost to the top-seeded Colombian pair and eventual champions Juan Sebastián Cabal and Robert Farah.

He made his first Masters 1000 final at the 2020 Western & Southern Open defeating top seeded pair Cabal/Farah in the first round en-route before losing to Pablo Carreno Busta and Alex de Minaur in the final, and won his fourth ATP doubles title at the 2020 Sofia Open by a walkover.

The pair Skupski/Murray also reached the quarterfinals at the French Open, which was Neal’s first showing at this level at this Major and third overall and again the quarterfinals at the US Open.

2021: Top 15 debut and Wimbledon mixed-doubles champion, Olympics debutEdit

In March, Skupski won his fifth ATP title with his brother Ken at the Mexican Open. Two weeks later, he reached his second Masters-1000 final with compatriot Dan Evans at the Miami Open and entered the top 20 in the doubles rankings for the first time. Again two weeks later and partnering with Dan Evans, he reached his third Masters 1000 final at the Monte-Carlo Masters and climbed to a career-high ranking in doubles of world No. 16 on 19 April 2021. On 11 July 2021, partnering with Desirae Krawczyk, he won the Wimbledon mixed-doubles final.[11] He reached the top 15 in doubles on 12 July 2021.

At the 2021 San Diego Open Skupski won his sixth title and second of the season partnering Joe Salisbury.[12]

2022: Seventh and Eighth titlesEdit

World TeamTennisEdit

Skupski has played five seasons with World TeamTennis starting in 2015 when he made his league debut with the California Dream. He has since played four seasons (2016-2019) for the New York Empire. Skupski was a part of the New York Empire, who claimed the King Trophy during 2020 WTT season at The Greenbrier.[13]

Significant finalsEdit

Grand Slam tournament finalsEdit

Mixed doubles: 1 (1 title)Edit

Result Year Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 2021 Wimbledon Grass   Desirae Krawczyk   Harriet Dart
  Joe Salisbury
6–2, 7–6(7–1)

Masters 1000 finalsEdit

Doubles: 3 (3 runner-ups)Edit

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 2020 Cincinnati Masters Hard   Jamie Murray   Pablo Carreño Busta
  Alex de Minaur
2–6, 5–7
Loss 2021 Miami Open Hard   Dan Evans   Nikola Mektić
  Mate Pavić
4–6, 4–6
Loss 2021 Monte-Carlo Masters Clay   Dan Evans   Nikola Mektić
  Mate Pavić
3–6, 6–4, [7–10]

ATP career finalsEdit

Doubles: 19 (8 titles, 11 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–3)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (2–2)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (6–6)
Finals by surface
Hard (7–7)
Clay (1–3)
Grass (0–1)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (5–8)
Indoor (3–3)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Oct 2013 Kremlin Cup, Russia 250 Series Hard (i)   Ken Skupski   Mikhail Elgin
  Denis Istomin
2–6, 6–1, [12–14]
Win 1–1 Feb 2018 Open Sud de France, France 250 Series Hard (i)   Ken Skupski   Ben McLachlan
  Hugo Nys
7–6(7–2), 6–4
Loss 1–2 Jun 2018 Eastbourne International, UK 250 Series Grass   Ken Skupski   Luke Bambridge
  Jonny O'Mara
5–7, 4–6
Loss 1–3 Sep 2018 Moselle Open, France 250 Series Hard (i)   Ken Skupski   Nicolas Mahut
  Édouard Roger-Vasselin
1–6, 5–7
Win 2–3 Oct 2018 Vienna Open, Austria 500 Series Hard (i)   Joe Salisbury   Mike Bryan
  Édouard Roger-Vasselin
7–6(7–5), 6–3
Loss 2–4 Feb 2019 Delray Beach Open, US 250 Series Hard   Ken Skupski   Bob Bryan
  Mike Bryan
6–7(5–7), 4–6
Loss 2–5 Apr 2019 U.S. Clay Court Championships, US 250 Series Clay   Ken Skupski   Santiago González
  Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
6–3, 4–6, [6–10]
Win 3–5 Apr 2019 Hungarian Open, Hungary 250 Series Clay   Ken Skupski   Marcus Daniell
  Wesley Koolhof
6–3, 6–4
Loss 3–6 May 2019 Lyon Open, France 250 Series Clay   Ken Skupski   Ivan Dodig
  Édouard Roger-Vasselin
4–6, 3–6
Loss 3–7 Aug 2020 Cincinnati Masters, US Masters 1000 Hard   Jamie Murray   Pablo Carreño Busta
  Alex de Minaur
2–6, 5–7
Loss 3–8 Nov 2020 Vienna Open, Austria (2) 500 Series Hard (i)   Jamie Murray   Łukasz Kubot
  Marcelo Melo
6–7(5–7), 5–7
Win 4–8 Nov 2020 Sofia Open, Bulgaria 250 Series Hard (i)   Jamie Murray   Jürgen Melzer
  Édouard Roger-Vasselin
Walkover
Win 5–8 Mar 2021 Mexican Open, Mexico 500 Series Hard   Ken Skupski   Marcel Granollers
  Horacio Zeballos
7–6(7–3), 6–4
Loss 5–9 Apr 2021 Miami Open, US Masters 1000 Hard   Dan Evans   Nikola Mektić
  Mate Pavić
4–6, 4–6
Loss 5–10 Apr 2021 Monte-Carlo Masters, Monaco Masters 1000 Clay   Dan Evans   Nikola Mektić
  Mate Pavić
3–6, 6–4, [7–10]
Loss 5–11 Jul 2021 Washington Open, US 500 Series Hard   Michael Venus   Raven Klaasen
  Ben McLachlan
6–7(4–7), 4–6
Win 6–11 Oct 2021 San Diego Open, US 250 Series Hard   Joe Salisbury   John Peers
  Filip Polášek
7–6(7–2), 3–6, [10–5]
Win 7–11 Jan 2022 Melbourne Summer Set 1, Australia 250 Series Hard   Wesley Koolhof   Aleksandr Nedovyesov
  Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
6–4, 6–4
Win 8–11 Jan 2022 Adelaide International 2, Australia 250 Series Hard   Wesley Koolhof   Ariel Behar
  Gonzalo Escobar
7–6(7–5), 6–4

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finalsEdit

Doubles: 44 (30 titles, 14 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
ATP Challenger (23–12)
ITF Futures (7–2)
FInals by surface
Hard (21–7)
Clay (5–0)
Grass (3–5)
Carpet (1–2)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Aug 2010 Great Britain F12, Roehampton Futures Hard   Oliver Golding   Ashwin Kumar
  Laurent Rochette
2–6, 7–6(10–8), [6–10]
Win 1–1 Jul 2011 Ireland F1, Dublin Futures Carpet   Albano Olivetti   James Cluskey
  James McGee
7–6(7–4), 6–3
Win 2–1 Jul 2011 USA F24, Costa Mesa Futures Hard   Chris Eaton   Daniel Cox
  Adam Hubble
6–3, 6–3
Win 3–1 Jan 2013 Great Britain F2, Portsmouth Futures Hard (i)   Ken Skupski   Sam Barry
  Colin O'Brien
3–6, 6–3, [10–5]
Win 4–1 Feb 2013 Great Britain F4, Birkenhead Futures Hard (i)   Lewis Burton   James Cluskey
  Sean Thornley
7–6(7–5), 2–6, [10–7]
Loss 4–2 Mar 2013 Great Britain F5, Cardiff Futures Hard (i)   Edward Corrie   David Rice
  Sean Thornley
1–6, 5–7
Win 5–2 Apr 2013 Great Britain F9, Bournemouth Futures Clay   Richard Gabb   Jack Carpenter
  Ashley Hewitt
6–3, 2–6, [10–3]
Win 6–2 May 2013 Italy F6, Pozzuoli Futures Clay   Ken Skupski   Oliver Golding
  Denys Mylokostov
6–3, 6–3
Loss 6–3 Jun 2013 Nottingham, United Kingdom Challenger Grass   Ken Skupski   Jamie Murray
  John Peers
2–6, 7–6(7–3), [6–10]
Win 7–3 Jul 2013 Great Britain F12, Manchester Futures Grass   Albano Olivetti   Zach Itzstein
  Brydan Klein
7–6(7–4), 6–3
Win 8–3 Jul 2013 Recanati, Italy Challenger Hard   Ken Skupski   Gianluigi Quinzi
  Adelchi Virgili
6–4, 6–3
Win 9–3 Aug 2013 Segovia, Spain Challenger Hard   Ken Skupski   Mikhail Elgin
  Uladzimir Ignatik
6–3, 6–7(4–7), [10–6]
Win 10–3 Sep 2013 Pétange, Luxembourg Challenger Hard (i)   Ken Skupski   Benjamin Becker
  Tobias Kamke
6–3, 6–7(5–7), [10–7]
Win 11–3 Sep 2013 Szczecin, Poland Challenger Clay   Ken Skupski   Andrea Arnaboldi
  Alessandro Giannessi
6–4, 1–6, [10–7]
Loss 11–4 Jan 2014 Talheim, Germany Challenger Hard (i)   Ken Skupski   Tomasz Bednarek
  Henri Kontinen
6–3, 6–7(3–7), [10–12]
Win 12–4 Sep 2014 İzmir, Turkey Challenger Hard   Ken Skupski   Malek Jaziri
  Alexander Kudryavtsev
6–1, 6–4
Win 13–4 Nov 2014 Bratislava, Slovakia Challenger Hard (i)   Ken Skupski   Norbert Gombos
  Adam Pavlásek
6–3, 7–6(7–3)
Win 14–4 Jun 2015 Surbiton, United Kingdom Challenger Grass   Ken Skupski   Marcus Daniell
  Marcelo Demoliner
6–3, 6–4
Loss 14–5 Jun 2015 Ilkley, United Kingdom Challenger Grass   Ken Skupski   Marcus Daniell
  Marcelo Demoliner
6–7(3–7), 4–6
Win 15–5 Sep 2015 Saint-Rémy, France Challenger Hard   Ken Skupski   Andrej Martin
  Igor Zelenay
6–4, 6–1
Loss 15–6 Oct 2015 Orléans, France Challenger Hard (i)   Ken Skupski   Tristan Lamasine
  Fabrice Martin
4–6, 6–7(2–7)
Loss 15–7 Oct 2015 Brest, France Challenger Hard (i)   Ken Skupski   Wesley Koolhof
  Matwé Middelkoop
6–3, 4–6, [6–10]
Loss 15–8 Nov 2015 Eckental, Germany Challenger Carpet (i)   Ken Skupski   Ruben Bemelmans
  Philipp Petzschner
5–7, 2–6
Loss 15–9 Nov 2015 Bratislava, Slovakia Challenger Hard (i)   Ken Skupski   Ilija Bozoljac
  Igor Zelenay
6–7(3–7), 6–4, [5–10]
Win 16–9 Feb 2016 Bergamo, Italy Challenger Hard (i)   Ken Skupski   Nikola Mektić
  Antonio Šančić
6–3, 7–5
Win 17–9 Feb 2016 Cherbourg, France Challenger Hard (i)   Ken Skupski   Yoshihito Nishioka
  Aldin Šetkić
4–6, 6–3, [10–6]
Loss 17–10 Jun 2016 Manchester, United Kingdom Challenger Grass   Ken Skupski   Purav Raja
  Divij Sharan
3–6, 6–3, [9–11]
Loss 17–11 Jun 2016 Surbiton, United Kingdom Challenger Grass   Ken Skupski   Purav Raja
  Divij Sharan
4–6, 6–7(3–7)
Win 18–11 Sep 2016 Saint-Rémy, France (2) Challenger Hard   Ken Skupski   David O'Hare
  Joe Salisbury
6–7(5–7), 6–4, [10–5]
Win 19–11 Nov 2016 Bratislava, Slovakia (2) Challenger Hard (i)   Ken Skupski   Purav Raja
  Divij Sharan
4–6, 6–3, [10–5]
Loss 19–12 Feb 2017 Quimper, France Challenger Hard (i)   Ken Skupski   Mikhail Elgin
  Igor Zelenay
6–2, 5–7, [5–10]
Win 20–12 May 2017 Savannah, United States Challenger Clay   Peter Polansky   Luke Bambridge
  Mitchell Krueger
4–6, 6–3, [10–1]
Win 21–12 May 2017 Venice, Italy Challenger Clay   Ken Skupski   Julian Knowle
  Igor Zelenay
5–7, 6–4, [10–5]
Win 22–12 Jun 2017 Nottingham, United Kingdom Challenger Grass   Ken Skupski   Matt Reid
  John-Patrick Smith
7–6(7–1), 2–6, [10–7]
Win 23–12 Aug 2017 Aptos, United States Challenger Hard   Jonathan Erlich   Alex Bolt
  Jordan Thompson
6–3, 2–6, [10–8]
Win 24–12 Aug 2017 Vancouver, Canada Challenger Hard   James Cerretani   Treat Huey
  Robert Lindstedt
7–6(8–6), 6–2
Loss 24–13 Nov 2017 Eckental, Germany Challenger Carpet (i)   Ken Skupski   Sander Arends
  Roman Jebavý
2–6, 4–6
Win 25–13 Nov 2017 Bratislava, Slovakia (3) Challenger Hard (i)   Ken Skupski   Sander Arends
  Antonio Šančić
5–7, 6–3, [10–8]
Win 26–13 Feb 2018 Quimper, France Challenger Hard (i)   Ken Skupski   Sander Gillé
  Joran Vliegen
6–3, 3–6, [10–7]
Win 27–13 Apr 2018 Le Gosier, Guadeloupe Challenger Hard   John-Patrick Smith   Ruben Bemelmans
  Jonathan Eysseric
7–6(7–3), 6–4
Loss 27–14 Jun 2018 Surbiton, United Kingdom Challenger Grass   Ken Skupski   Luke Bambridge
  Jonny O'Mara
6–7(11–13), 6–4, [7–10]
Win 28–14 Aug 2018 Vancouver, Canada (2) Challenger Hard   Luke Bambridge   Marc Polmans
  Max Purcell
4–6, 6–3, [10–6]
Win 29–14 Sep 2018 Chicago, United States Challenger Hard   Luke Bambridge   Leander Paes
  Miguel Ángel Reyes-Varela
6–3, 6–4
Win 30–14 Mar 2019 Phoenix, United States Challenger Hard   Jamie Murray   Austin Krajicek
  Artem Sitak
6–7(2–7), 7–5, [10–6]

Doubles performance timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# P# DNQ A Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS P NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (P#) preliminary round; (DNQ) did not qualify; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic/Paralympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (P) postponed; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Current through the 2022 Adelaide International 2.

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R 0 / 5 3–5
French Open A 1R A A A 2R 2R QF 1R 0 / 5 5–5
Wimbledon Q1 1R 1R 2R QF 3R 1R NH 2R 0 / 7 7–7
US Open A A A A 1R 1R SF QF 2R 0 / 5 7–5
Win–Loss 0–0 0–2 0–1 1–1 3–3 3–4 6–4 6–3 3–3 0–0 0 / 22 22–21
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A A 1R NH 1R 0 / 2 0–2
Miami Open A A A A A A 1R F 0 / 2 4–2
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A A A 1R F 0 / 2 4–2
Madrid Open A A A A A A 2R 1R 0 / 2 1–2
Italian Open A A A A A A QF 1R 1R 0 / 3 1–3
Canadian Open A A A A A A 1R NH 2R 0 / 2 1–2
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A A SF F 1R 0 / 3 7–3
Shanghai Masters A A A A A A SF NH 0 / 1 3–1
Paris Masters A A A A A QF QF 2R 2R 0 / 4 6–4
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 10–9 5–3 10–8 0–0 0 / 21 27–21
National representation
Davis Cup A A A A A A SF QF 0 / 2 3–3
Career statistics
Tournaments 1 12 4 9 8 18 29 17 23 2 123
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 2 2 7
Finals 1 0 0 0 0 4 4 3 5 2 18
Overall Win–Loss 3–1 5–12 2–4 4–9 5–8 28–16 43–30 22–16 29–24 7–0 150–120
Win % 75% 29% 33% 31% 38% 64% 59% 58% 55% 55.56%
Year-end ranking 87 90 103 81 67 33 31 27 20

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