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Neal Skupski (born 1 December 1989[1]) is a British professional tennis player. He is best known as a doubles player having been ranked inside the top 50 of the ATP's doubles rankings. 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 is the younger brother of Ken Skupski, with whom he has regularly partnered since 2013.

Neal Skupski
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Country (sports) Great Britain
ResidenceLiverpool, England
Born (1989-12-01) 1 December 1989 (age 29)
Liverpool, England
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Turned pro2013
PlaysRight-handed
CollegeLSU
Prize money$879,181
Singles
Career record0–0
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 932 (8 November 2010)
Doubles
Career record85–76
Career titles3
Highest rankingNo. 27 (20 May 2019)
Current rankingNo. 27 (14 October 2019)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (2019)
French Open2R (2018, 2019)
WimbledonQF (2017)
US OpenSF (2019)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian OpenSF (2019)
French Open2R (2019)
WimbledonQF (2014)
US Open1R (2019)
Last updated on: 14 October 2019.

CareerEdit

Early careerEdit

Skupski was born in Liverpool and went to King David High School. His father is of Polish descent. He competed in handful of matches in 2010 and 2011, before taking a full year out to finish his degree. 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.[3] The pair reached the final of the Aegon Trophy on the Challenger Tour, before winning five Challenger titles in 2013, as of 23 September.[4][5] 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.[6] 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.

2018Edit

Skupski won his first ATP World Tour title at the Open Sud de France, partnering again with his brother Ken.[7]

2019Edit

Skupski and Spanish partner María José Martínez Sánchez were beaten in their mixed doubles semi-final at the 2019 Australian Open.

Following the French Open, Skupski formed a new partnership with fellow Briton Jamie Murray.[8]

ATP career finalsEdit

Doubles: 9 (3 titles, 6 runner-ups)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (1–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (2–6)
Finals by surface
Hard (2–3)
Clay (1–2)
Grass (0–1)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (1–4)
Indoor (2–2)
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,
United Kingdom
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,
United States
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,
United States
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

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finalsEdit

Doubles: 44 (30 titles, 14 runners-up)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

Current through the 2019 Kremlin Cup.

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A 1R 1R 2R 0 / 3 1–3
French Open A 1R A A A 2R 2R 0 / 3 2–3
Wimbledon Q1 1R 1R 2R QF 3R 1R 0 / 6 6–6
US Open A A A A 1R 1R SF 0 / 3 4–3
Win–Loss 0–0 0–2 0–1 1–1 3–3 3–4 6–4 0 / 15 13–15
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Miami Open A A A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Monte-Carlo Masters A A A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Madrid Open A A A A A A 2R 0 / 1 1–1
Italian Open A A A A A A QF 0 / 1 1–1
Canadian Open A A A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Cincinnati Masters A A A A A A SF 0 / 1 3–1
Shanghai Masters A A A A A A SF 0 / 1 3–1
Paris Masters A A A A A QF 0 / 1 2–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 8–8 0 / 9 10–9
Career statistics
Tournaments 1 12 4 9 8 18 28 80
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 3
Finals 1 0 0 0 0 4 4 9
Overall Win–Loss 3–1 5–12 2–4 4–9 5–8 28–16 38–27 85–77
Win % 75% 29% 33% 31% 38% 64% 58% 52%
Year-end ranking 87 90 103 81 67 33

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Neal Skupski Profile". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Skupski (junior) prepping for the pros". Ken Skupski Tennis. Archived from the original on 30 March 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  3. ^ Prentice, David. "Skupski brothers hope to gatecrash tennis Grand Slams". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Tennis: Skupski brothers win title". Liverpool Daily Post. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  5. ^ "British Tennis - weekend results round-up, 8th August 2013". LTA. Archived from the original on 27 August 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Skupskis edged out in final fling". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  7. ^ "British brothers Ken and Neal Skupski win first ATP World Tour title together". BBC. 12 February 2018.
  8. ^ "French Open: Jamie Murray ends doubles partnership with Bruno Soares". BBC Sport. 28 May 2019. Retrieved 7 June 2019.

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