Ken Skupski playing at Wimbledon 2017
|Country (sports)|| Great Britain |
|Residence||Liverpool, England, U.K.|
|Born||9 April 1983|
Liverpool, England, U.K.
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Plays||Left-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Prize money||$ 735,793|
|Highest ranking||No. 527 (23 June 2008)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Career record||99–112 (ATP (World) Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)|
|Highest ranking||No. 44 (12 July 2010)|
|Current ranking||No. 53 (28 January 2019)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||2R (2010, 2019)|
|French Open||2R (2010, 2018)|
|US Open||3R (2012)|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Davis Cup||Europe/Africa Zone Group II|
|Last updated on: 28 January 2019.|
His breakthrough year was 2009, when he won his first two ATP tournaments and broke into the world's top 50 doubles players.
- 1 Early and personal life
- 2 University Tennis career
- 3 Senior career
- 4 ATP career finals
- 5 ATP Challengers and ITF Futures finals
- 6 Doubles performance timeline
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Early and personal life
Ken Skupski was born in Liverpool. His father, Ken Sr. of Macedonian descent, is a police officer, his mother’s name is Mary.
University Tennis career
Skupski used to attend Louisiana State University, graduating in May 2007. NCAA Doubles finalist 2005 and Two-time Southeastern Conference Coaches Indoor Champion (only player in the history of the Southeastern Conference to win back-to-back titles). Fourth biggest winning player in the school’s history with 107 wins. Six-time All-American (two Singles, one Doubles and three Academic).
Eight years after he was crowned Wimbledon champion, Richard Krajicek took on Skupski in an exhibition match in Liverpool which was ‘exhibition’ in name only. Skupski tied a closely contested clash one set all, then won a Super TieBreak 10-7. 
Skupski was looking for a fellow British doubles partner who was capable of going to the top of the game. Colin Fleming had turned pro in September and Skupski thought Fleming's game style suited his. Skupski took a bit of a hit because his ranking 250 was much higher than Fleming's at around 900, and so they came to play some low-level Futures and went on a great run. The pair came to be known as 'Flemski'.
Ken Skupski finished the year there because he'd had a long year, but Fleming continued by partnering Jonny Marray in the Czech Republic and winning two Futures in Frydland Nad Ostravici, and Opava
In June 2009, Skupski and Colin Fleming beat the world no. 1 ranked doubles pair, Mike Bryan and Bob Bryan, at the Queen's Club grass court tournament. However he was out in the first round at Wimbledon for the second year in a row in five sets having led by two sets to love, again he partnered Fleming. He did however make into the second round of the mixed doubles losing in straight sets.
In September, the Davis Cup Captain John Lloyd announced that Skupski was part of the Great Britain Davis Cup squad for the Europe/Africa Zone Group 1 relegation play-off against Poland, Skupsi was acting as cover for any injuries and helping the team prepare for Poland's world top-10 ranked doubles team, but didn't play. Great Britain lost 3-2, and were relegated to Group II of the Davis Cup.
In September 2009 he won at the Open de Moselle in France. Again partnering Fleming they won 2–6, 6–4, 10–5, against the defending champion, Arnaud Clément and Michaël Llodra. Two months later they won their second title at the St Petersburg Open, defeating another French team of Jérémy Chardy and Richard Gasquet in the final in three sets 2–6, 7–5, 10–4.
In January 2010, Skupski competed at his first Grand Slam outside of Wimbledon at the Australian Open. Again partnering Fleming they made it into the second before losing in three sets to Michael Kohlmann and Jarkko Nieminen 6–3, 4–6, 3–6. At the French Open he repeated his feat at the Australian open by losing in at the second in three sets to fourth seeds Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman 6–7(5–7), 6–4, 6–7(4–7), again he partnered Fleming.
In June, Skupski reached the final of Eastbourne Open but lost in the final to Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski in three sets partnering Colin Fleming. Following his successful run at the Eastbourne Open he finally got a win at Wimbledon in the first round, but again lost in the second to the much more experienced and second seeds the Bryan brothers in straight sets, he was partnering Fleming. For the first time in his career he competed at all four Grand Slams in the same year, but at the US Open, Skupski and Fleming lost in the first round in straight sets.
The new Davis Cup Captain Leon Smith selected Skupski to take part in Great Britain's vital Davis Cup tie vs Turkey, at Eastbourne, in July alongside Colin Fleming, James Ward, Jamie Baker, and Alex Ward. Defeat would have meant Great Britain's relegation to Europe Zone Group III, the lowest tier of the competition. Skupski and Colin Fleming secured the 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win that gave Britain an unassailable 3-0 lead, ending a run of five straight defeats, giving Great Britain a first Davis Cup win in three years.
In October, at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, England's Skupski and Ross Hutchins won the Doubles Silver Medal, by losing to Australians Paul Hanley and Peter Luczak in the final. A few days later, Skupski and Ross Hutchins were opponents in the Mixed Doubles, Skupski and Sarah Borwell beating Ross Hutchins and Anna Smith to win the Bronze Medal. Skupski and Borwell who had never played together ahead of the Indian event were brought together by their shared coach, Louis Cayer. 
Following the Commonwealth Games, Skupski and Colin Fleming decided to end their partnership after a poor run of results. Their final tournament was St. Petersburg where they were beaten in the first round.
In January at the Australian Open Skupski this time partnering Travis Parrott lost in the first round in straight sets. In February, Skupski partnered Robin Haase at the Marseille Open. They reached the final and won the title defeating Julien Benneteau and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6–3, 6–7(4–7), [13–11]. This was his first title in a year and a half. At the French Open, Skupski again lost in the first round in straight sets to his old partner Fleming 4–6, 4–6, this time he was partnering Igor Zelenay. At Wimbledon again he lost in the first round in straight sets, he was partnering Robin Haase, In Mixed Doubles, he partnered Elena Baltacha where they got to the second round but lost in straight sets to fifteenth seeds Andy Ram and Meghann Shaughnessy 4–6, 4–6.
At the Australian Open in January, Skupski partnered Xavier Malisse where they lost in the first round in straight sets. This was Skupski's fifth first round exit in a row without taking a single set. In mid June, Skupski for the second time got to the final of Aegon International partnering Jamie Delgado, but lost to fellow Brits Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins 4–6, 3–6. This was his first final in over a year. At Wimbledon, Skupski finally broke his grand slam curse by making it into the second round for the first time in two years after winning a grilling five setter in the first round. But unfortunately for Skupski and new doubles partner Jamie Delgado they faced the heavy task of the Bryan brothers. They were unable to defeat them and they lost in straight sets 6–7(2–7), 0–6, 2–6. He also competed in the mixed doubles event partnering Melanie South. They made it into the third round but were defeated by third seeds Nenad Zimonjić and Katarina Srebotnik in three tough sets 4–6, 7–6(7–5), 7–9. A month after Wimbledon, Skupski and Delgado got into their second final of the season at the Farmers Classic. They lost in three sets to Belgium duo Ruben Bemelmans and Xavier Malisse 6–7(5–7), 6–4, [10–7]. At the US Open Skupski, with full-time partner Jamie Delgado made it to the third round before losing to Spanish sixth seeds Marcel Granollers and Marc López in straight sets 2–6, 4–6. In the second round they defeated the defending champions Jürgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner in straight sets.
Although initially partnering with Delgado, Skupski increasingly played during 2013 with his brother Neal. Due to Neal's lower ranking, the pair played in a number of Futures and Challenger tournaments, winning six tournaments at the Challenger level. At the Kremlin Cup they entered their first ATP level tournament, reaching the final. At Grand Slam events, Skupski competed with some of his former partners, reaching the second round once again at Wimbledon, with Xavier Malisse.
The Skupski brothers ranking as a partnership was not high enough to guarantee entry at the French Open, so they split to give themselves a better chance of qualifying. Ken partnered New Zealander Michael Venus, a fellow Louisiana State University alumni, while Neal teamed up with American Bradley Klahn, though they all lost in the first round.
In July, Neal Skupski was busy playing World Team tennis in the US, so Skupski partnered Divij Sharan, clinching the doubles title in the Euro 42,500 men’s Challenger tennis tournament, with a 4-6, 7-6(3), 10-6 victory over fourth seeds Ilija Bozoljac of Serbia and Flavio Cipolla of Italy, in Recanati, Italy.
In September, the Skupskis won the St. Remy Challenger title in France, only playing two matches in the event due to opening round byes and a Semi-Final walkover. There were just 23 sets and three match breakers in the entire doubles event. They were the top seeds and beat the second seeds Andrej Martin and Igor Zelenay in the final, 6-4, 6-1.
ATP career finals
Doubles: 11 (4 titles, 7 runner-ups)
|Win||1–0||Sep 2009||Open de Moselle, France||250 Series||Hard (i)||Colin Fleming|| Arnaud Clément
|2–6, 6–4, [10–5]|
|Win||2–0||Nov 2009||St. Petersburg Open, Russia||250 Series||Hard (i)||Colin Fleming|| Jérémy Chardy
|2–6, 7–5, [10–4]|
|Loss||2–1||Jun 2010||Eastbourne International, United Kingdom||250 Series||Grass||Colin Fleming|| Mariusz Fyrstenberg
|3–6, 7–5, [8–10]|
|Win||3–1||Feb 2011||Open 13, France||250 Series||Hard (i)||Robin Haase|| Julien Benneteau
|6–4, 6–7(4–7), [13–11]|
|Loss||3–2||Jun 2012||Eastbourne International, United Kingdom||250 Series||Grass||Jamie Delgado|| Colin Fleming
|Loss||3–3||Jul 2012||Los Angeles Open, United States||250 Series||Hard||Jamie Delgado|| Ruben Bemelmans
|6–7(5–7), 6–4, [7–10]|
|Loss||3–4||Oct 2013||Kremlin Cup, Russia||250 Series||Hard (i)||Neal Skupski|| Mikhail Elgin
|2–6, 6–1, [12–14]|
|Loss||3–5||Aug 2016||Los Cabos Open, Mexico||250 Series||Hard||Jonathan Erlich|| Purav Raja
|Win||4–5||Feb 2018||Open Sud de France, France||250 Series||Hard (i)||Neal Skupski|| Ben McLachlan
|Loss||4–6||Jun 2018||Eastbourne International, United Kingdom||250 Series||Grass||Neal Skupski|| Luke Bambridge
|Loss||4–7||Sep 2018||Moselle Open, France||250 Series||Hard (i)||Neal Skupski|| Nicolas Mahut
ATP Challengers and ITF Futures finals
Singles: 2 (1–1)
|Loss||0–1||Nov 2007||Great Britain F22, Sunderland||Futures||Hard (i)||Adrian Mannarino||4–6, 3–6|
|Win||1–1||May 2008||Greece F2, Heraklion||Futures||Carpet||David Canudas-Fernandez||6–3, 6–3|
Doubles: 72 (44–28)
|Win||1–0||Aug 2004||Great Britain F3, Wrexham||Futures||Hard||Richard Bloomfield|| Josh Goodall
|Loss||1–1||Aug 2004||Great Britain F4, Hampstead||Futures||Hard||Richard Bloomfield|| Richard Barker
|Win||2–1||Sep 2007||Great Britain F16, Foxhills||Futures||Hard||Robert Searle|| Yaoki Ishii
|4–6, 6–3, 6–4|
|Win||3–1||Sep 2007||Sweden F5, Falun||Futures||Hard (i)||Ralph Grambow|| Raphael Durek
|Win||4–1||Oct 2007||Great Britain F20, Glasgow||Futures||Hard (i)||Josh Goodall|| Ladislav Chramosta
|Win||5–1||Nov 2007||Great Britain F21, Redbridge||Futures||Hard (i)||Josh Goodall|| Ruben Bemelmans
|5–7, 7–6(7–3), [10–5]|
|Win||6–1||Jan 2008||Great Britain F1, Sunderland||Futures||Hard (i)||Richard Bloomfield|| Ralph Grambow
|Loss||6–2||Jan 2008||Great Britain F2, Sheffield||Futures||Hard (i)||Chris Eaton|| Jiří Krkoška
|Loss||6–3||Mar 2008||Wolfsburg, Germany||Challenger||Carpet (i)||Richard Bloomfield|| Carsten Ball
Izak van der Merwe
|Loss||6–4||Mar 2008||Great Britain F4, Bath||Futures||Hard (i)||Richard Bloomfield|| Neil Bamford
|1–6, 6–3, [8–10]|
|Win||7–4||Mar 2008||Great Britain F5, Saint Peter||Futures||Hard (i)||Ralph Grambow|| Neil Bamford
|Loss||7–5||Apr 2008||Great Britain F6, Exmouth||Futures||Hard (i)||Ralph Grambow|| Harri Heliövaara
|Win||8–5||May 2008||Great Britain F7, Bournemouth||Futures||Clay||Ludovic Walter|| Edward Seator
|7–6(7–2), 2–6, [10–6]|
|Loss||8–6||May 2008||Kuwait F1, Mishref||Futures||Hard||Rohan Gajjar|| Mohammad Ghareeb
|4–6, 6–3, [7–10]|
|Win||9–6||Oct 2008||Great Britain F16, Glasgow||Futures||Hard (i)||Colin Fleming|| Ivan Cerović
|Win||10–6||Nov 2008||Great Britain F17, Campden Hill||Futures||Hard (i)||Colin Fleming|| Ivan Cerović
|Win||11–6||Nov 2008||Great Britain F18, Sunderland||Futures||Hard (i)||Colin Fleming|| Ivan Cerović
|Win||12–6||Nov 2008||Jersey, Channel Islands||Challenger||Hard (i)||Colin Fleming|| Chris Guccione
|Win||13–6||Feb 2009||Ivory Coast F2, Abidjan||Futures||Hard||Colin Fleming|| Pierre-Ludovic Duclos
|Win||14–6||Feb 2009||Wolfsburg, Germany||Challenger||Carpet (i)||Travis Rettenmaier|| Sergei Bubka
|Win||15–6||Mar 2009||Great Britain F4, Bath||Futures||Hard (i)||Colin Fleming|| Fritz Wolmarans
|Loss||15–7||Mar 2009||Jersey, Channel Islands||Challenger||Hard (i)||Colin Fleming|| Eric Butorac
|Loss||15–8||Apr 2009||Tallahassee, United States||Challenger||Hard||Colin Fleming|| Eric Butorac
|Win||16–8||May 2009||Cremona, Italy||Challenger||Hard||Colin Fleming|| Daniele Bracciali
|Loss||16–9||Jun 2009||Nottingham, United Kingdom||Challenger||Grass||Colin Fleming|| Eric Butorac
|Loss||16–10||Jul 2009||Pozoblanco, Spain||Challenger||Hard||Colin Fleming|| Karol Beck
|6–2, 6–7(5–7), [7–10]|
|Loss||16–11||Jul 2009||Manchester, United Kingdom||Challenger||Grass||Colin Fleming|| Josh Goodall
|7–6(7–1), 3–6, [9–11]|
|Win||17–11||Aug 2009||Granby, Canada||Challenger||Hard||Colin Fleming|| Amir Hadad
|Win||18–11||Oct 2009||Orléans, France||Challenger||Hard (i)||Colin Fleming|| Sébastien Grosjean
|Win||19–11||Mar 2010||Jersey, Channel Islands (2)||Challenger||Hard (i)||Rohan Bopanna|| Jonathan Marray
|6–2, 2–6, [10–6]|
|Win||20–11||Jun 2010||Nottingham, United Kingdom||Challenger||Grass||Colin Fleming|| Eric Butorac
|Loss||20–12||Nov 2010||Loughborough, United Kingdom||Challenger||Hard (i)||Jordan Kerr|| Henri Kontinen
|Win||21–12||Feb 2011||Bergamo, Italy||Challenger||Hard (i)||Frederik Nielsen|| Mikhail Elgin
|Win||22–12||Jul 2011||Recanati, Italy||Challenger||Hard (i)||Frederik Nielsen|| Federico Gaio
|Win||23–12||Oct 2011||Mons, Belgium||Challenger||Hard (i)||Johan Brunström|| Kenny de Schepper
|Win||24–12||Feb 2012||Bergamo, Italy (2)||Challenger||Hard (i)||Jamie Delgado|| Martin Fischer
|Loss||24–13||Mar 2012||Bath, United Kingdom||Challenger||Hard (i)||Jamie Delgado|| Martin Fischer
|Win||25–13||May 2012||Rome, Italy||Challenger||Clay||Jamie Delgado|| Adrián Menéndez Maceiras
|Loss||25–14||Sep 2012||Orléans, France||Challenger||Hard (i)||Xavier Malisse|| Lukáš Dlouhý
|2–6, 7–6(7–5), [7–10]|
|Win||26–14||Jan 2013||Great Britain F2, Portsmouth||Futures||Hard (i)||Neal Skupski|| Sam Barry
|3–6, 6–3, [10–5]|
|Loss||26–15||Feb 2013||Quimper, France||Challenger||Hard (i)||Jamie Delgado|| Johan Brunström
|6–3, 2–6, [3–10]|
|Win||27–15||May 2013||Italy F6, Pozzuoli||Futures||Clay||Neal Skupski|| Oliver Golding
|Loss||27–16||Jun 2013||Nottingham, United Kingdom||Challenger||Grass||Neal Skupski|| Jamie Murray
|2–6, 7–6(7–3), [6–10]|
|Win||28–16||Jul 2013||Recanati, Italy (2)||Challenger||Hard||Neal Skupski|| Gianluigi Quinzi
|Win||29–16||Aug 2013||Segovia, Spain||Challenger||Hard||Neal Skupski|| Mikhail Elgin
|6–3, 6–7(4–7), [10–6]|
|Win||30–16||Sep 2013||Pétange, Luxembourg||Challenger||Hard (i)||Neal Skupski|| Benjamin Becker
|6–3, 6–7(5–7), [10–7]|
|Win||31–16||Sep 2013||Szczecin, Poland||Challenger||Clay||Neal Skupski|| Andrea Arnaboldi
|6–4, 1–6, [10–7]|
|Loss||31–17||Jan 2014||Talheim, Germany||Challenger||Hard (i)||Neal Skupski|| Tomasz Bednarek
|6–3, 6–7(3–7), [10–12]|
|Win||32–17||Sep 2014||İzmir, Turkey||Challenger||Hard||Neal Skupski|| Malek Jaziri
|Win||33–17||Nov 2014||Bratislava, Slovakia||Challenger||Hard (i)||Neal Skupski|| Norbert Gombos
|Win||34–17||Jun 2015||Surbiton, United Kingdom||Challenger||Grass||Neal Skupski|| Marcus Daniell
|Loss||34–18||Jun 2015||Ilkley, United Kingdom||Challenger||Grass||Neal Skupski|| Marcus Daniell
|Win||35–18||Jul 2015||Recanati, Italy (3)||Challenger||Hard||Divij Sharan|| Ilija Bozoljac
|4–6, 7–6(7–3), [10–6]|
|Win||36–18||Sep 2015||Saint-Rémy, France||Challenger||Hard||Neal Skupski|| Andrej Martin
|Loss||36–19||Oct 2015||Orléans, France||Challenger||Hard (i)||Neal Skupski|| Tristan Lamasine
|Loss||36–20||Oct 2015||Brest, France||Challenger||Hard (i)||Neal Skupski|| Wesley Koolhof
|6–3, 4–6, [6–10]|
|Loss||36–21||Nov 2015||Eckental, Germany||Challenger||Carpet (i)||Neal Skupski|| Ruben Bemelmans
|Loss||36–22||Nov 2015||Bratislava, Slovakia||Challenger||Hard (i)||Neal Skupski|| Ilija Bozoljac
|6–7(3–7), 6–4, [5–10]|
|Win||37–22||Feb 2016||Bergamo, Italy (3)||Challenger||Hard (i)||Neal Skupski|| Nikola Mektić
|Win||38–22||Feb 2016||Cherbourg, France||Challenger||Hard (i)||Neal Skupski|| Yoshihito Nishioka
|4–6, 6–3, [10–6]|
|Loss||38–23||Jun 2016||Manchester, United Kingdom||Challenger||Grass||Neal Skupski|| Purav Raja
|3–6, 6–3, [9–11]|
|Loss||38–24||Jun 2016||Surbiton, United Kingdom||Challenger||Grass||Neal Skupski|| Purav Raja
|Win||39–24||Sep 2016||Saint-Rémy, France (2)||Challenger||Hard||Neal Skupski|| David O'Hare
|6–7(5–7), 6–4, [10–5]|
|Win||40–24||Nov 2016||Bratislava, Slovakia (2)||Challenger||Hard (i)||Neal Skupski|| Purav Raja
|4–6, 6–3, [10–5]|
|Loss||40–25||Feb 2017||Quimper, France||Challenger||Hard (i)||Neal Skupski|| Mikhail Elgin
|6–2, 5–7, [5–10]|
|Win||41–25||May 2017||Venice, Italy||Challenger||Clay||Neal Skupski|| Julian Knowle
|5–7, 6–4, [10–5]|
|Win||42–25||Jun 2017||Nottingham, United Kingdom||Challenger||Grass||Neal Skupski|| Matt Reid
|7–6(7–1), 2–6, [10–7]|
|Loss||42–26||Nov 2017||Eckental, Germany||Challenger||Carpet (i)||Neal Skupski|| Sander Arends
|Win||43–26||Nov 2017||Bratislava, Slovakia (3)||Challenger||Hard (i)||Neal Skupski|| Sander Arends
|5–7, 6–3, [10–8]|
|Win||44–26||Feb 2018||Quimper, France||Challenger||Hard (i)||Neal Skupski|| Sander Gillé
|6–3, 3–6, [10–7]|
|Loss||44–27||Feb 2018||Cherbourg, France||Challenger||Hard (i)||Antonio Šančić|| Romain Arneodo
|3–6, 6–1, [4–10]|
|Loss||44–28||Jun 2018||Surbiton, United Kingdom||Challenger||Grass||Neal Skupski|| Luke Bambridge
|6–7(11–13), 6–4, [7–10]|
Doubles performance timeline
Current through the 2019 Open Sud de France.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||A||A||2R||1R||1R||1R||A||A||A||1R||1R||2R||0 / 7||2–7|
|French Open||A||A||A||2R||1R||A||1R||1R||A||1R||A||2R||0 / 6||2–6|
|Wimbledon||A||1R||1R||2R||1R||2R||2R||1R||1R||2R||QF||3R||0 / 11||9–11|
|US Open||A||A||A||1R||A||3R||1R||A||A||A||2R||1R||0 / 5||3–5|
|Win–Loss||0–0||0–1||0–1||3–4||0–3||3–3||1–4||0–2||0–1||1–2||4–3||3–4||1–1||0 / 29||16–29|
|Davis Cup||A||A||A||Z2||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 0||2–0|
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