Neal Skupski at the 2021 Citi Open, Washington, USA
Neal Skupski at the 2021 Citi Open, Washington, USA | (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Tennis | Doubles Round Up | Neal Skupski claims ATP 250 title in Qatar

By Glenys Furness

  • Neal Skupski claims title in Qatar
  • Dropped only one set en route
DOHA, QATAR – Neal Skupski with Welsey Koolhof claimed the doubles title, making it the pairs third title together this year.


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Neal Skupski & Wesley Koolhof entered the ATP 250 event and were the third seeds. In the first round the Brit/Dutch pair drew Arthur Rinderknech & Manuel Guinard. The French pair dominated the first set, taking the seeds by surprise and took the lead. Skupski & Koolhof re-grouped in the second set, breaking Rinderknech & Guinard to level the match. In the match tiebreak the Brit/Dutch edged through and booked a spot in the quarter-final 2-6, 6-3, 10-6.

The quarter-final saw the third seeds against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina & Nikoloz Basilashvili. The Spaniard/Georgian were no match for the Brit/Dutch pair. Skupski & Koolhof eased through the first set after breaking Davidovich Fokina & Basilashvili. The second set saw the seeds dominate and move into the next round in straight sets 6-3, 6-2.

In the semi-final the third seeds were against Andrey Golubev & Fabrice Martin. The first set saw Skupski & Koolhof secure the break of serve and move into the lead. However, Golubev & Martin fought hard in the second set, taking the seeds to a tiebreak. The Brit/Dutch pair eased through the breaker to book a spot in the final in straight sets 6-4, 7-6(3).

The final saw Skupski & Koolhof against Rohan Bopanna & Denis Shapovalov. The first set saw the Indian/Canadian stay toe to toe with the third seeds. Eventually a tiebreak ensued. The Brit/Dutch pair eased through the breaker and into the lead. The second set saw the third seeds dominate and take the title 7-6(4), 6-1.


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Doubles Round Up

Dan Evans & Ken Skupski were defeated by Andrey Golubev & Fabrice Martin in the first round in Doha 6-4, 6-4.

Eden Silva with Kimberley Zimmermann were defeatd by Jelena Ostapenko & Lyudmyla Kirchenok in the first round in Dubai 6-3, 6-4.

Lloyd Glasspool with Harri Heliovaara were defeated by Austin Krajicek & Hugo Nys in the first round in Delray Beach 7-6(11), 7-5.

Jamie Murray with Bruno Soares were defeated by Fabio Fognini & Simone Bolelli in the final in Rio 7-5, 6-7(2), 10-6.

Dan Little with Kai Lemstra were defeated by Edan Lesham & Colin Sinclair in the semi-final in Oberhaching 6-3, 6-2.

Alicia Barnett & Olivia Nicholls were defeated by Susan Bendecchi & Simona Waltert in the first round in Altenkirchen 6-4, 3-6, 10-8.

Samantha Murray Sharan with Mariam Bolkvadze defeated Susan Bendecchi & Simona Waltert in the final in Altenkirchen 6-3, 7-5.

Adam Jones & Toby Martin were defeated by Karl Friberg & Jonathan Mridha in the first round in Naples, Florida 6-3, 6-2.

Blu Baker with Jesse Witten defeated Ezekiel Clark & Evan Zhu in the final in Naples, Florida 6-7(4), 6-4, 13-11.

Emilie Lindh with Ana Lantigua De La Nuez were defeated by Kristina Dmitruk & Maria Sholokova in the first round in Monastir 6-2, 7-5.

Next Week Brits play in Welwyn Garden City, Acapulco, Dubai, Forli, Pau, Portugal, Dominican Republic, Egypt, USA, Doha, Guadalajara, Kazahkstan, Turkey & Tunisia.



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