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Rothesay International Eastbourne 2024: Neal Skupski and Michael Venus fight back to earn back-to-back tour titles on the grass

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The wins just keep on rolling in for newly-formed doubles duo Neal Skupski and Michael Venus who sealed their second ATP title in as many weeks at the Rothesay International Eastbourne.

The British, Kiwi duo backed up their victorious efforts at the cinch Championships with yet another trophy as they defeated all-Australian pair John Peers and Matthew Ebden 4-6, 7-6(2), 11-9.

The pair have struck impeccable form since joining forces at the beginning of the grass court season, racking up an impressive 10-2 win record.

Skupski and Venus' road to the title

  • First round: won vs Marcelo Melo & Rafael Matos 7-6(3), 6-4
  • Quarter-final: won vs Mariano Navone & Sebastian Baez 6-3, 6-4
  • Semi-final: won vs Marcelo Arevalo & Mate Pavic 6-7(5), 6-2, 10-8
  • Final: won vs John Peers & Matthew Ebden 4-6, 7-6(2), 11-9

Speaking on court after their win, Skupski said, "I'd like to thank Michael for playing with me this week, another good week. I don't know what got into you at the end of the second set. You turned a switch, amazing - that's the reason why we're here. So thank you for playing and hopefully we can go a little further next week.

"It's been 50 years, I love coming to Eastbourne and used to come here when I was younger to play County Cup for Lancashire, so it's great to come back and the event gets better every year."

Trailing a set and a break and with their backs up against the wall, Skupski and Venus were forced to fight back from the brink of defeat as their opponents stepped up to serve out the match at 5-4 in the second.

However, a late surge of energy saw the fourth seeds win a deciding deuce point to eventually force a tie-break where they broke their opponents three times to level the contest to a set apiece.

Despite conceeding the mini-break early on in the match-deciding tie-break, the cinch Championships victors remained patient - batting away a match point from their Australian opponents before claiming victory themselves in an hour and 47 minutes.

With two titles on the grass to their names, they've now extended their winning streak to eight matches and place themselves in fine stead heading into penultimate Grand Slam of the season at The Championships, Wimbledon, which gets underway in just a few days time.

There, British tennis star Skupski will enter the tournament as the defending champion in the men's doubles draw, after he reigned supreme in SW19 last year alongside Dutchman Wesley Koolhof.

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