DAVIS CUP TIES 6
Last updated: 24/05/2022
SHOT: Forehand volley
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- Nickname: Skup
- Place of birth: Liverpool
- Lives: Liverpool
- Trains: Liverpool/NTC
- Family: Father Ken Sr. is of Polish descent, mother is Mary. Often partners his brother Ken on court.
- Likes: Football (supports Liverpool), golf, LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints. Career goal is to represent Great Britain in the Davis Cup.
- Favourite tournament: Wimbledon
- Tennis beginnings: Started playing tennis aged three with his father Ken and older brother, Ken Jr.
- Tennis idols: Pete Sampras and Roger Federer
Skupski joined up with new partner Wesley Koolhof to start the season and went unbeaten in both the ATP events they played in preparation for the Australian Open. The pair only lost one set as they claimed titles at the Melbourne Summer Set and Adelaide.
The British Dutch duo then moved on to the Australian Open - reaching the quarter-finals before being knocked out by Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell.
In February, Skupski and Koolhof reached the semi-finals in Rotterdam, losing Lloyd Harris and Tim Puetz 7-6(3), 4-6, 10-7.
Their dominant start to the season continued in Doha as they won their third trophy in two months at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open. They defeated Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov 7-6(4), 6-1 in the final.
Skupski returned to Indian Wells, marking his third appearance in the tournament. Skupski and Koolhof defeated Federico Delbonis and Cameron Norrie, 6-3, 7-6(1) in the last 16 but were eventually defeated by Joe Salisbury and his partner, Rajeev Ram in the quarter-finals.
In their first ATP Masters semi-final together, Skupski and Koolhof moved within touching distance of the Miami Open title, defeating Italian double-act, Fabio Fognini and Simone Bolelli 6-1, 3-6, 10-5. However, the British, Dutch duo sadly fell short of their biggest win to date, losing 7-6(5), 6-4 to America’s John Isner, and Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz.
Skupski and Koolhof were named runners-up of the Barcelona Open after a titanic tussle that saw the pair just miss out on the title after their 6(3)-7, 7-6(5), 10-6 defeat to Germany’s Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies.
Skupski and Koolhof bagged their fourth title of the year after a sensational display in the Madrid Open final, defeating Colombian partnership, Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, 6-7(4), 6-4, 10-5 to earn their first ever ATP Masters trophy.
The pair overcame Rohan Bopanna and Matwe Middelkoop to book themselves a spot in the quarter-finals of the Internazionali d’Italia. Drawing Croatian side Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic; they eventually suffered a 6-4, 6-4 defeat.
Playing with his brother, Ken, they claimed the Acapulco ATP 500 title in March, defeating his previous partner Jamie Murray and fellow compatriot Joe Salisbury on the way. Partnering with Dan Evans for both ATP Masters in Monte Carlo and Miami they fell to the world no.1 pairing Pavic and Mektic.
In July, Skupski won his first Grand Slam title when he and Desirae Krawczyk lifted the mixed doubles trophy after beating Joe Salisbury and Harriet Dart. He then went on to compete in the men's doubles at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games alongside Murray.
Skupski reached the final of the ATP 500 event in Washington with Michael Venus and then won his second men's doubles title of the season, teaming up with Salisbury to be crowned champions at the ATP 250 San Diego.
Reached the semi-finals of the Adelaide International in January and Open Sud de France in March alongside Jamie Murray. Won the Battle of the Brits doubles title alongside Murray – the first behind closed doors tennis event held at the LTA’s National Tennis Centre at the end of June. Returning to the Tour at W&S Open in New York, upset world’s top ranked team of Cabal/Farah where they reached the final. Also made it through to the quarter-finals of the US Open and Roland Garros. Narrowly lost in the final of the St. Petersburg Open 7-6 (5), 7-5 against Marcelo Melo and Łukasz Kubot. Won his first ATP Tour title alongside Jamie Murray at the Sofia Open but just missed out on a place in the ATP Tour Finals.
Alongside brother Ken, won the Hungarian Open (ATP250) in Budapest in April, and reached the finals of the ATP 250’s in Houston (April) and Delray Beach (February). Also won the ATP Challenger Arizona Tennis Classic in March. Reached the second round of the Australian open in January and the semi finals of the mixed doubles in Melbourne alongside Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez. Announced as Jamie Murray’s new doubles partner following the French Open. Made Davis Cup debut in Madrid in November, playing a key role in getting Britain to the SF where they fell 76 76 to eventual champions Spain in deciding doubles to Nadal/Lopez.
Semi-final at the Australian Open in 2019.
Studied at Louisiana State University and turned professional in 2013.
*ATP Challenger and ITF titles have been combined in the overall ITF titles on this page
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