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Wimbledon: The Championships

All England Lawn Tennis Club, UK 30 June - 13 July 2025

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Henry Patten volleying at the net while Harri Heliovaara stands behind him on the grass court
Grand Slam

Wimbledon 2024: Henry Patten reaches maiden Grand Slam quarter-final as Neal Skupski continues title defence

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A bumper day of doubles action kick-started the second week of this year’s championships, with a host of British stars featuring across the men’s doubles and mixed draw.

Among some of Monday's highlights, we saw Henry Patten secure his spot in a career-first Grand Slam quarter-final while Neal Skupski continued his fiery form on the grass.

Patten and Finnish doubles partner Harri Heliovaara defeated Marcelo Melo and Rafael Matos 7-6(1), 6-2 to punch their ticket to a first Wimbledon quarter-final together in an hour and 24 minutes.

Speaking on today's victory and reaching a new career milestone, Patten said “I’m buzzing about it to be honest - it was quite a tight match-up but we thought if we played well we’d have every chance on grass, which is a surface that suits us pretty well.

“It was a tight first set, but we won the tie-break as Harri switched on and managed to run away with it. I’m over the moon about it and onto the next round.

In their meeting against Melo and Matos, the British, Finnish duo took control of the opening set tie-break, dropping just one point to edge ahead with a one set lead.

Patten and Heliovaara proved tough to break down, winning 86% of points behind their first serve and facing only one break point across the match. Having dug up seven break point opportunities on their opponents serve, they remained clinical on return – finding two crucial breaks in the second to put the match beyond doubt and book a spot in the final eight for the first time as a partnership.

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The pair joined forces at the beginning of the clay court swing in April, but made a statement start to their partnership at the Marrakech Open. Competing in their first tournament together, Patten and Heliovaara didn’t drop a single set en route to the final before capping off a dominant week by claiming the trophy – marking the Briton's maiden ATP tour title.

From there, they went on to clinch back-to-back Challenger titles in Madrid and Turin before seeing out the clay season with a second ATP 250 trophy at the Lyon Open and reaching the third round of Roland Garros.

After a shoulder injury forced Heliovaara to the sidelines for a short period after the French Open, the pair reunited at the Rothesay International Eastbourne, where they enjoyed an impressive run to the semi-finals before making their way to SW19 where they’ve continued to shine at the All England Club.

Next up, they face their toughest challenge yet in the form of fourth seeds and reigning Roland Garros champions Mate Pavic and Marcelo Arevalo.

“It’s just one match at a time" Patten added. "Arevalo and Pavic are coming off the back of winning the French Open and are arguably the best, most in-form team in the world right now.

“We’re just looking forward to that – they’re probably the most complete players me and Harri have played in our partnership so far. We’re looking forward to that challenge – it will be a real test and will be interesting to see how we get on.”

Meanwhile, defending Wimbledon champion Skupski kept his title defence hopes firmly alive after recording a 7-5, 6-3 win over Chris Eubanks and Evan King.

The Brit has teamed up with New Zealand’s Michael Venus for this year’s grass court swing where they arrived at The Championships in red-hot form off the back of a standout start on the grass.

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During their match against Eubanks and King, Skupski and Venus dropped just five points behind their first serve and stole a break in each set to eventually close out victory on their fourth match point and extend their winning streak to 11 matches.

"I’ve known Mike for a long time – we went to university together so on and off the court, we know each other very well” Skupski said.

“It’s clicked since ball one – it’s been a tough year for me changing partners all the time but hopefully I can settle down after Wimbledon. I still don’t know who’s that going to be (his new long-term doubles partner) – I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do with Mike at Wimbledon."

Last year's tournament saw Skupski bag his first men's doubles Grand Slam title with Dutchman Wesley Koolhof. The pair collected nine tour-level titles during their 18 month partnership before deciding to part ways at the end of 2023. Since then, Skupski has been competing alongside various players in the hopes of building another successful and secure doubles partnerships

“It was a little bit strange not coming back here with Wesley – it didn’t really feel like I was defending champion. But you’ve got to take confidence from last year – I’ve had good success with Mike and he knows what it takes to get to the final."

The pair have been on an incredible journey since making their debut at the Stuttgart Open. After bowing out in the opening round, they returned to British soil to contest the cinch Championships title. Skupski had been hunting down a first title of the year after a difficult start to the season but hit the jackpot at the Queen’s Club with Venus to put an end his trophy drought.

In the final, the British, Kiwi pair edged singles stars Taylor Fritz and Karen Khachanov to wrap their hands around the coveted ATP 500 silverware before carrying their momentum to Eastbourne where they pulled off a comeback win over world No.1 Matthew Ebden and John Peers to earn consecutive tour-level titles - placing them in perfect stead heading into the third Grand Slam of the season.

Now, their full focus turns to latter stages of the men’s doubles draw where they’ve set up a final eight encounter against Hendrik Jebens and Constantin Frantzen and will look to go the distance in South West London.

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