Lsu Alum Neal Skupski Claims Wimbledon Copies Title

WIMBLEDON, England-former LSU tennis player Neal Skupski and doubles partner Wesley Koolhof of the Netherlands won their first Grand Slam title together after clinching the 2023 Wimbledon doubles titles on Saturday with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Spain’s Marcel Granollers and Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos.

Skupski, from Liverpool, England, won his first Grand Slam men’s doubles title in front of his native country, becoming only the second Englishman to win the Wimbledon doubles in the “open” era of the tournament (1969), and the first since 2012, when Jonathan Murray and his partner claimed the honor.

“I don’t know what to say. This feeling is not improving at the moment,” Skupski said after the match. “Wesley and I got together and this year one of our goals was to win a grand slam. Now that we’ve done it, it’s very special.”

The Grand Slam is the first for the couple who worked together only 18 months ago. The duo have enjoyed huge doubles success since they played together and rose to number one in the Pepperstone ATP doubles rankings last Season, but had yet to win a joint Grand Slam title. Before Saturday, the closest came at the 2022 US Open, where the pair fell in the Final.

The pair was ranked N°1 in the doubles draw and showed their dominance throughout the doubles draw, winning in straight sets in rounds one to three. In the quarterfinals against Ariel Behar from Uruguay and Adam Pavlasek from the Czech Republic, both conceded defeat in the first set, came from behind and won a 4: 6, 6: 2, 6: 3- victory to qualify for the semi-finals. In this semi-final, the best ranked pair defeated the Duo n° 6 Rohan Bopanna from India and Matthew Ebden from Australia 7-5, 6-4 in two sets.

In Saturday’s Final, the pair continued their dominant form and had to hold only one breakpoint throughout the match. The break point came in the second set, but the pair resisted, then broke to take a decisive 3-2 lead in the set. The Moment of victory came when Skupski served Granollers, whose return overtook Skupski on the back line to give the couple the last point necessary for glory.

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