Neal Skupski

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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$496,067
Singles
Career record0–0
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 932 (8 November 2010)
Doubles
Career record47–50
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 33 (5 November 2018)
Current rankingNo. 33 (19 November 2018)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open1R (2017, 2018)
French Open2R (2018)
WimbledonQF (2017)
US Open1R (2017, 2018)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
WimbledonQF (2014)
Last updated on: 19 November 2018.

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.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Skupski was born in Liverpool and went to King David High School. 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.

2018[edit]

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

ATP career finals[edit]

Doubles: 5 (2 titles, 3 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 (1–3)
Finals by surface
Hard (2–2)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–1)
Finals by setting
Outdoor (0–1)
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) United Kingdom Ken Skupski Russia Mikhail Elgin
Uzbekistan Denis Istomin
2–6, 6–1, [12–14]
Win 1–1 Feb 2018 Open Sud de France, France 250 Series Hard (i) United Kingdom Ken Skupski Japan Ben McLachlan
France Hugo Nys
7–6(7–2), 6–4
Loss 1–2 Jun 2018 Eastbourne International, United Kingdom 250 Series Grass United Kingdom Ken Skupski United Kingdom Luke Bambridge
United Kingdom Jonny O'Mara
5–7, 4–6
Loss 1–3 Sep 2018 Moselle Open, France 250 Series Hard (i) United Kingdom Ken Skupski France Nicolas Mahut
France Édouard Roger-Vasselin
1–6, 5–7
Win 2–3 Oct 2018 Vienna Open, Austria 500 Series Hard (i) United Kingdom Joe Salisbury United States Mike Bryan
France Édouard Roger-Vasselin
7–6(7–5), 6–3

ATP Challenger and ITF Futures finals[edit]

Doubles: 43 (29–14)[edit]

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

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Current through the 2018 Rolex Paris Masters.

Tournament 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2
French Open A 1R A A A 2R 0 / 2 1–2
Wimbledon Q1 1R 1R 2R QF 3R 0 / 5 6–5
US Open A A A A 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2
Win–Loss 0–0 0–2 0–1 1–1 3–3 3–4 0 / 11 7–11
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Paris Masters A A A A A QF 0 / 1 2–1
Career statistics
Tournaments 1 12 4 9 8 18 52
Titles 0 0 0 0 0 2 2
Finals 1 0 0 0 0 4 5
Overall Win–Loss 3–1 5–12 2–4 4–9 5–8 28–16 47–50
Year-end ranking 87 90 103 81 67 48%

References[edit]

  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.

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