Neal Skupski (born 1 December 1989) 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.
|Country (sports)||Great Britain|
|Born||1 December 1989|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Highest ranking||No. 932 (8 November 2010)|
|Career record||150–120 (55.6% in ATP World Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 14 (9 August 2021)|
|Current ranking||No. 20 (18 October 2021)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2022)|
|French Open||QF (2020)|
|US Open||SF (2019)|
|Other doubles tournaments|
|Olympic Games||2R (2021)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (2019)|
|French Open||QF (2021)|
|US Open||QF (2021)|
|Davis Cup||SF (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. He competed in handful of matches in 2010 and 2011, before taking a full year out to finish his degree at Louisiana State University.
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. The pair reached the final of the Nottingham Trophy on the Challenger Tour, before winning five Challenger titles in 2013, as of 23 September. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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. He reached the top 15 in doubles on 12 July 2021.
2022: Seventh and Eighth titlesEdit
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.
Grand Slam tournament finalsEdit
Mixed doubles: 1 (1 title)Edit
|Win||2021||Wimbledon||Grass||Desirae Krawczyk|| Harriet Dart
Masters 1000 finalsEdit
Doubles: 3 (3 runner-ups)Edit
|Loss||2020||Cincinnati Masters||Hard||Jamie Murray|| Pablo Carreño Busta
Alex de Minaur
|Loss||2021||Miami Open||Hard||Dan Evans|| Nikola Mektić
|Loss||2021||Monte-Carlo Masters||Clay||Dan Evans|| Nikola Mektić
|3–6, 6–4, [7–10]|
ATP career finalsEdit
Doubles: 19 (8 titles, 11 runner-ups)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Oct 2013||Kremlin Cup, Russia||250 Series||Hard (i)||Ken Skupski|| Mikhail Elgin
|2–6, 6–1, [12–14]|
|Win||1–1||Feb 2018||Open Sud de France, France||250 Series||Hard (i)||Ken Skupski|| Ben McLachlan
|Loss||1–2||Jun 2018||Eastbourne International, UK||250 Series||Grass||Ken Skupski|| Luke Bambridge
|Loss||1–3||Sep 2018||Moselle Open, France||250 Series||Hard (i)||Ken Skupski|| Nicolas Mahut
|Win||2–3||Oct 2018||Vienna Open, Austria||500 Series||Hard (i)||Joe Salisbury|| Mike Bryan
|Loss||2–4||Feb 2019||Delray Beach Open, US||250 Series||Hard||Ken Skupski|| Bob Bryan
|Loss||2–5||Apr 2019||U.S. Clay Court Championships, US||250 Series||Clay||Ken Skupski|| Santiago González
|6–3, 4–6, [6–10]|
|Win||3–5||Apr 2019||Hungarian Open, Hungary||250 Series||Clay||Ken Skupski|| Marcus Daniell
|Loss||3–6||May 2019||Lyon Open, France||250 Series||Clay||Ken Skupski|| Ivan Dodig
|Loss||3–7||Aug 2020||Cincinnati Masters, US||Masters 1000||Hard||Jamie Murray|| Pablo Carreño Busta
Alex de Minaur
|Loss||3–8||Nov 2020||Vienna Open, Austria (2)||500 Series||Hard (i)||Jamie Murray|| Łukasz Kubot
|Win||4–8||Nov 2020||Sofia Open, Bulgaria||250 Series||Hard (i)||Jamie Murray|| Jürgen Melzer
|Win||5–8||Mar 2021||Mexican Open, Mexico||500 Series||Hard||Ken Skupski|| Marcel Granollers
|Loss||5–9||Apr 2021||Miami Open, US||Masters 1000||Hard||Dan Evans|| Nikola Mektić
|Loss||5–10||Apr 2021||Monte-Carlo Masters, Monaco||Masters 1000||Clay||Dan Evans|| Nikola Mektić
|3–6, 6–4, [7–10]|
|Loss||5–11||Jul 2021||Washington Open, US||500 Series||Hard||Michael Venus|| Raven Klaasen
|Win||6–11||Oct 2021||San Diego Open, US||250 Series||Hard||Joe Salisbury|| John Peers
|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
|Win||8–11||Jan 2022||Adelaide International 2, Australia||250 Series||Hard||Wesley Koolhof|| Ariel Behar
ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finalsEdit
Doubles: 44 (30 titles, 14 runner-ups)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Aug 2010||Great Britain F12, Roehampton||Futures||Hard||Oliver Golding|| Ashwin Kumar
|2–6, 7–6(10–8), [6–10]|
|Win||1–1||Jul 2011||Ireland F1, Dublin||Futures||Carpet||Albano Olivetti|| James Cluskey
|Win||2–1||Jul 2011||USA F24, Costa Mesa||Futures||Hard||Chris Eaton|| Daniel Cox
|Win||3–1||Jan 2013||Great Britain F2, Portsmouth||Futures||Hard (i)||Ken Skupski|| Sam Barry
|3–6, 6–3, [10–5]|
|Win||4–1||Feb 2013||Great Britain F4, Birkenhead||Futures||Hard (i)||Lewis Burton|| James Cluskey
|7–6(7–5), 2–6, [10–7]|
|Loss||4–2||Mar 2013||Great Britain F5, Cardiff||Futures||Hard (i)||Edward Corrie|| David Rice
|Win||5–2||Apr 2013||Great Britain F9, Bournemouth||Futures||Clay||Richard Gabb|| Jack Carpenter
|6–3, 2–6, [10–3]|
|Win||6–2||May 2013||Italy F6, Pozzuoli||Futures||Clay||Ken Skupski|| Oliver Golding
|Loss||6–3||Jun 2013||Nottingham, United Kingdom||Challenger||Grass||Ken Skupski|| Jamie Murray
|2–6, 7–6(7–3), [6–10]|
|Win||7–3||Jul 2013||Great Britain F12, Manchester||Futures||Grass||Albano Olivetti|| Zach Itzstein
|Win||8–3||Jul 2013||Recanati, Italy||Challenger||Hard||Ken Skupski|| Gianluigi Quinzi
|Win||9–3||Aug 2013||Segovia, Spain||Challenger||Hard||Ken Skupski|| Mikhail Elgin
|6–3, 6–7(4–7), [10–6]|
|Win||10–3||Sep 2013||Pétange, Luxembourg||Challenger||Hard (i)||Ken Skupski|| Benjamin Becker
|6–3, 6–7(5–7), [10–7]|
|Win||11–3||Sep 2013||Szczecin, Poland||Challenger||Clay||Ken Skupski|| Andrea Arnaboldi
|6–4, 1–6, [10–7]|
|Loss||11–4||Jan 2014||Talheim, Germany||Challenger||Hard (i)||Ken Skupski|| Tomasz Bednarek
|6–3, 6–7(3–7), [10–12]|
|Win||12–4||Sep 2014||İzmir, Turkey||Challenger||Hard||Ken Skupski|| Malek Jaziri
|Win||13–4||Nov 2014||Bratislava, Slovakia||Challenger||Hard (i)||Ken Skupski|| Norbert Gombos
|Win||14–4||Jun 2015||Surbiton, United Kingdom||Challenger||Grass||Ken Skupski|| Marcus Daniell
|Loss||14–5||Jun 2015||Ilkley, United Kingdom||Challenger||Grass||Ken Skupski|| Marcus Daniell
|Win||15–5||Sep 2015||Saint-Rémy, France||Challenger||Hard||Ken Skupski|| Andrej Martin
|Loss||15–6||Oct 2015||Orléans, France||Challenger||Hard (i)||Ken Skupski|| Tristan Lamasine
|Loss||15–7||Oct 2015||Brest, France||Challenger||Hard (i)||Ken Skupski|| Wesley Koolhof
|6–3, 4–6, [6–10]|
|Loss||15–8||Nov 2015||Eckental, Germany||Challenger||Carpet (i)||Ken Skupski|| Ruben Bemelmans
|Loss||15–9||Nov 2015||Bratislava, Slovakia||Challenger||Hard (i)||Ken Skupski|| Ilija Bozoljac
|6–7(3–7), 6–4, [5–10]|
|Win||16–9||Feb 2016||Bergamo, Italy||Challenger||Hard (i)||Ken Skupski|| Nikola Mektić
|Win||17–9||Feb 2016||Cherbourg, France||Challenger||Hard (i)||Ken Skupski|| Yoshihito Nishioka
|4–6, 6–3, [10–6]|
|Loss||17–10||Jun 2016||Manchester, United Kingdom||Challenger||Grass||Ken Skupski|| Purav Raja
|3–6, 6–3, [9–11]|
|Loss||17–11||Jun 2016||Surbiton, United Kingdom||Challenger||Grass||Ken Skupski|| Purav Raja
|Win||18–11||Sep 2016||Saint-Rémy, France (2)||Challenger||Hard||Ken Skupski|| David O'Hare
|6–7(5–7), 6–4, [10–5]|
|Win||19–11||Nov 2016||Bratislava, Slovakia (2)||Challenger||Hard (i)||Ken Skupski|| Purav Raja
|4–6, 6–3, [10–5]|
|Loss||19–12||Feb 2017||Quimper, France||Challenger||Hard (i)||Ken Skupski|| Mikhail Elgin
|6–2, 5–7, [5–10]|
|Win||20–12||May 2017||Savannah, United States||Challenger||Clay||Peter Polansky|| Luke Bambridge
|4–6, 6–3, [10–1]|
|Win||21–12||May 2017||Venice, Italy||Challenger||Clay||Ken Skupski|| Julian Knowle
|5–7, 6–4, [10–5]|
|Win||22–12||Jun 2017||Nottingham, United Kingdom||Challenger||Grass||Ken Skupski|| Matt Reid
|7–6(7–1), 2–6, [10–7]|
|Win||23–12||Aug 2017||Aptos, United States||Challenger||Hard||Jonathan Erlich|| Alex Bolt
|6–3, 2–6, [10–8]|
|Win||24–12||Aug 2017||Vancouver, Canada||Challenger||Hard||James Cerretani|| Treat Huey
|Loss||24–13||Nov 2017||Eckental, Germany||Challenger||Carpet (i)||Ken Skupski|| Sander Arends
|Win||25–13||Nov 2017||Bratislava, Slovakia (3)||Challenger||Hard (i)||Ken Skupski|| Sander Arends
|5–7, 6–3, [10–8]|
|Win||26–13||Feb 2018||Quimper, France||Challenger||Hard (i)||Ken Skupski|| Sander Gillé
|6–3, 3–6, [10–7]|
|Win||27–13||Apr 2018||Le Gosier, Guadeloupe||Challenger||Hard||John-Patrick Smith|| Ruben Bemelmans
|Loss||27–14||Jun 2018||Surbiton, United Kingdom||Challenger||Grass||Ken Skupski|| Luke Bambridge
|6–7(11–13), 6–4, [7–10]|
|Win||28–14||Aug 2018||Vancouver, Canada (2)||Challenger||Hard||Luke Bambridge|| Marc Polmans
|4–6, 6–3, [10–6]|
|Win||29–14||Sep 2018||Chicago, United States||Challenger||Hard||Luke Bambridge|| Leander Paes
Miguel Ángel Reyes-Varela
|Win||30–14||Mar 2019||Phoenix, United States||Challenger||Hard||Jamie Murray|| Austin Krajicek
|6–7(2–7), 7–5, [10–6]|
Doubles performance timelineEdit
Current through the 2022 Adelaide International 2.
|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|
|Davis Cup||A||A||A||A||A||A||SF||QF||0 / 2||3–3|
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