Ken Skupski

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Ken Skupski
Ken Skupski WM13-001.JPG
Ken Skupski playing at Wimbledon 2013
Country (sports) United Kingdom Great Britain
England England
Residence Liverpool, England, U.K.
Born (1983-04-09) 9 April 1983 (age 34)
Liverpool, England, U.K.
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Turned pro 2001
Plays Left-handed (2-handed backhand)
Prize money $ 537,447
Singles
Career record 0–0
Career titles 0
1 Future
Highest ranking No. 527 (23 June 2008)
Grand Slam Singles results
Wimbledon Q1 (2008)
Doubles
Career record 71–92 (ATP (World) Tour and Grand Slam main draw matches, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 3
24 Challengers, 15 Futures
Highest ranking No. 44 (12 July 2010)
Current ranking No. 91 (10 April 2017)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 2R (2010)
French Open 2R (2010)
Wimbledon 2R (2010, 2012, 2013, 2016)
US Open 3R (2012)
Mixed doubles
Career record 3–3
Career titles 0
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon 3R (2012)
Team competitions
Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group II
1R (2010)
Last updated on: 10 April 2017.

Ken Skupski (born 9 April 1983) is a British tennis player, best known as a doubles player, who most successfully partnered Colin Fleming.

His breakthrough year was 2009, when he won his first two ATP tournaments and broke into the world's top 50 doubles players.

At the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Skupski and Ross Hutchins won the Doubles Silver Medal. In the Mixed Doubles, Skupski and Sarah Borwell beat Ross Hutchins and Anna Smith to win the Bronze Medal.

In 2010, Skupski took part in Great Britain's crucial Davis Cup tie vs Turkey. Defeat would relegated Great Britain to Europe Zone Group III, the lowest tier of the competition. Skupski and Colin Fleming secured a straight sets win that gave Britain an unassailable 3-0 lead, ending a run of five straight defeats, going back three years.[1]

Early and personal life[edit]

Ken Skupski was born in Liverpool, father, Ken is a police officer, mother’s name is Mary. Skupski has a younger brother, Neal, who also plays tennis.

Skupski is a big fan of Liverpool Football Club and is a keen golfer who plays as often as he can and has a handicap of six.[2]

University Tennis career[edit]

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).[2]

Senior career[edit]

2004[edit]

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.[3] [4]

2008[edit]

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.[5] The pair came to be known as 'Flemski'.[6]

Fleming/Skupski won three Futures in Glasgow, London, Sunderland[7] [8] [9] and the Caversham International Challenger in Jersey. [10]

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,[11] and Opava[12]

2009[edit]

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.[13] 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.

2010[edit]

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, giving Great Britain a first Davis Cup win in three years.[14]

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.[15] 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. [16]

Following the Commonwealth Games, Skupski and Colin Fleming decided to end their partnership after a poor run of results.[6] Their final tournament was St. Petersburg where they were beaten in the first round.

2011[edit]

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.

2012[edit]

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.

2013[edit]

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.

2014[edit]

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.[17]

2015[edit]

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.[18]

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[edit]

Doubles: 8 (3 titles, 5 runners-up)[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 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (3–5)
Finals by Surface
Hard (3–3)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–2)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 22 September 2009 Open de Moselle, Metz, France Hard (i) United Kingdom Colin Fleming France Arnaud Clément
France Michaël Llodra
2–6, 6–4, [10–5]
Winner 2. 1 November 2009 St. Petersburg Open, St. Petersburg, Russia Hard (i) United Kingdom Colin Fleming France Jérémy Chardy
France Richard Gasquet
2–6, 7–5, [10–4]
Runner-up 1. 19 June 2010 Aegon International, Eastbourne, Great Britain Grass United Kingdom Colin Fleming Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Poland Marcin Matkowski
3–6, 7–5, [8–10]
Winner 3. 20 February 2011 Open 13, Marseille, France Hard (i) Netherlands Robin Haase France Julien Benneteau
France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
6–3, 6–7(4–7), [13–11]
Runner-up 2. 22 June 2012 Aegon International, Eastbourne, Great Britain Grass United Kingdom Jamie Delgado United Kingdom Colin Fleming
United Kingdom Ross Hutchins
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 3. 29 July 2012 Farmers Classic, Los Angeles, United States Hard United Kingdom Jamie Delgado Belgium Ruben Bemelmans
Belgium Xavier Malisse
6–7(5–7), 6–4, [7-10]
Runner-up 4. 19 October 2013 Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia Hard (i) United Kingdom Neal Skupski Russia Mikhail Elgin
Uzbekistan Denis Istomin
2–6, 6–1, [12–14]
Runner-up 5. 14 August 2016 Los Cabos Open, Los Cabos, Mexico Hard Israel Jonathan Erlich India Purav Raja
India Divij Sharan
6–7(4–7), 6–7(3–7)

ATP Challenger Tour titles[edit]

Doubles (25)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
1. 10 November 2008 Jersey, Great Britain (1) Hard (i) United Kingdom Colin Fleming Australia Chris Guccione
Brazil Márcio Torres
6–3, 6–2
2. 23 February 2009 Wolfsburg, Germany Carpet (i) United States Travis Rettenmaier Ukraine Sergei Bubka
Russia Alexander Kudryavtsev
6–3, 6–4
3. 18 May 2009 Cremona, Italy Hard United Kingdom Colin Fleming Italy Daniele Bracciali
Italy Alessandro Motti
6–2, 6–1
4. 27 July 2009 Granby, Canada Hard United Kingdom Colin Fleming Israel Amir Hadad
Israel Harel Levy
6–3, 7–6(8–6)
5. 19 October 2009 Orleans, France Hard United Kingdom Colin Fleming France Sébastien Grosjean
France Olivier Patience
6–1, 6–1
6. 22 March 2010 Jersey, Great Britain (2) Hard (i) India Rohan Bopanna United Kingdom Jonathan Marray
United Kingdom Jamie Murray
6–2, 1–6, [10–6]
7. 6 June 2010 Nottingham, Great Britain Grass United Kingdom Colin Fleming United States Eric Butorac
United States Scott Lipsky
7–6(7–3), 6–4
8. 13 February 2011 Bergamo, Italy (1) Hard (i) Denmark Frederik Nielsen Russia Mikhail Elgin
Russia Alexander Kudryavtsev
W/O
9. 31 July 2011 Recanati, Italy (1) Hard (i) Denmark Frederik Nielsen Italy Federico Gaio
India Purav Raja
6–4, 7–5
10. 9 October 2011 Mons, Belgium Hard (i) Sweden Johan Brunström France Kenny de Schepper
France Édouard Roger-Vasselin
7–6(7–4), 6–3
11. 19 February 2012 Bergamo, Italy (2) Hard (i) United Kingdom Jamie Delgado Austria Martin Fischer
Austria Philipp Oswald
7–5, 7–5
12. 13 May 2012 Rome, Italy Clay United Kingdom Jamie Delgado Spain Adrián Menéndez
Italy Walter Trusendi
6–1, 6–4
13. 20 July 2013 Recanati, Italy (2) Hard United Kingdom Neal Skupski Italy Gianluigi Quinzi
Italy Adelchi Virgili
6–4, 6–2
14. 3 August 2013 Segovia, Spain Hard United Kingdom Neal Skupski Russia Mikhail Elgin
Belarus Uladzimir Ignatik
6–3, 6–7(4–7), [10–6]
15. 15 September 2013 Petange, Luxembourg Hard (i) United Kingdom Neal Skupski Germany Benjamin Becker
Germany Tobias Kamke
6–3, 6–7(5–7), [10–7]
16. 21 September 2013 Szczecin, Poland Clay United Kingdom Neal Skupski Italy Andrea Arnaboldi
Italy Alessandro Giannessi
6–4, 1–6, [10–7]
17. 20 September 2014 Izmir, Turkey Hard United Kingdom Neal Skupski Tunisia Malek Jaziri
Russia Alexander Kudryavtsev
6–1, 6–4
18. 8 November 2014 Bratislava, Slovakia (1) Hard (i) United Kingdom Neal Skupski Slovakia Norbert Gombos
Czech Republic Adam Pavlásek
6–3, 7–6(7–3)
19. 12 June 2015 Surbiton, Great Britain Grass United Kingdom Neal Skupski New Zealand Marcus Daniell
Brazil Marcelo Demoliner
6–3, 6–4
20. 25 July 2015 Recanati, Italy (3) Hard India Divij Sharan Serbia Ilija Bozoljac
Italy Flavio Cipolla
4–6, 7–6(7–3), [10–6]
21. 11 September 2015 St. Remy, France (1) Hard United Kingdom Neal Skupski Slovakia Andrej Martin
Slovakia Igor Zelenay
6–4, 6–1
22. 13 February 2016 Bergamo, Italy (3) Hard (i) United Kingdom Neal Skupski Croatia Nikola Mektić
Croatia Antonio Šančić
6–3, 7–5
23. 28 February 2016 Cherbourg, France Hard (i) United Kingdom Neal Skupski Japan Yoshihito Nishioka
Bosnia and Herzegovina Aldin Šetkić
4–6, 6–3, [10–6]
24. 11 September 2016 St. Remy, France (2) Hard United Kingdom Neal Skupski Republic of Ireland David O'Hare
United Kingdom Joe Salisbury
6–7(5–7), 6–4, [10–5]
25. 12 November 2016 Bratislava, Slovakia (2) Hard (i) United Kingdom Neal Skupski India Purav Raja
India Divij Sharan
4–6, 6–3, [10–5]

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Current till 2017 Open 13

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A 2R 1R 1R 1R A A A 1R 1–5
French Open A A 2R 1R A 1R 1R A 1R 1–5
Wimbledon 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R 2R 1R 1R 2R 4–9
US Open A A A 1R 3R 1R A A A 2–3
Win–Loss 0–1 0–1 3–3 0–4 3–3 1–4 0–2 0–1 1–2 0–1 8–22
Career statistics
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 2 / 2 0 / 1 1 / 1 0 / 2 0 / 1 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 1 0 / 0 3 / 8
Overall Win–Loss 0–1 11–3 15–20 7–9 16–15 7–14 5–12 2–4 7–11 1–3 71–92
Year-end ranking 241 54 77 90 52 77 90 100 77 44%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Great Britain seal Davis Cup win over Turkey". BBC Sport. 10 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Ken Skupski". ATP World Tour. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "2015 Players". Liverpooltennis. 18 June 2015. 
  4. ^ "Richard Krajicek". Archived by WebCite®. 18 June 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  5. ^ "Skupski and Fleming: The next big thing in British doubles". Daily Mail. 16 June 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "Fleming and Skupski split". Express. 23 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "Glasgow Futures F16". ITF Tennis. 26 October 2008. 
  8. ^ "London Futures F17". ITF Tennis. 2 November 2008. 
  9. ^ "Sunderland Futures F18". ITF Tennis. 9 November 2008. 
  10. ^ "Fleming to the Four". In The Winning Zone. 17 November 2008. 
  11. ^ "Frydland Nad Ostravici, Czech Republic Futures F5". ITF Tennis. 14 December 2008. 
  12. ^ "Opava, Czech Republic Futures F6". ITF Tennis. 21 December 2008. 
  13. ^ "Jamie Murray unsurprised by Great Britain's Davis Cup demise". Telegraph. 1 October 2009. 
  14. ^ "Davis Cup 2010: Great Britain beat Turkey for first win in three years". Telegraph. London. 10 July 2010. 
  15. ^ "Commonwealth Games 2010: England take doubles silver". BBC Sport. 9 October 2010. 
  16. ^ "Ken Skupski looks beyond friendship to win tennis medal at Commonwealth Games". Liverpool Echo. 12 October 2010. 
  17. ^ "Liverpool brothers in French Open action". Liverpool Echo. 27 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "Challenger doubles: Divij and Skupski pair takes crown". Hindu Times. 27 July 2015. 

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