By Glenys Furness
- Neal Skupski & Wesley Koolhof claim Paris Masters
- Brit/Dutch pair were second seeds
- Third Masters title of the season
PARIS, FRANCE – Neal Skupski & Wesley Koolhof entered the final ATP 1000 Masters of the season and were the second seeds. The Brit/Dutch pair lifted the title, their third Masters title of the season.
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Neal Skupski & Wesley Koolhof entered the final ATP 1000 Masters of the 2022 season and were the second seeds. The Brit/Dutch pair had a bye in the first round. In the second round Skupski & Koolhof were against David Vega Hernandez & Rafael Matos. The Spaniard/Brazilian got off to a better start and managed to break the serve of the second seeds to take the lead. However, the Brit/Dutch pair re-grouped in the second set, breaking the Spaniard/Brazilian pair to level up the match. In the ensuing match tiebreak it was the seeds that secured the vital break of serve to take the win and move into the next round 5-7, 6-3, 10-6.
The quarter-final saw the Brit/Dutch against Rohan Bopanna & Matwe Middelkoop. Skupski & Koolhof broke early in the first set and the Indian/Dutch pair were unable to break back. The seeds took the first set and the lead. The second set was more of the same, as the second seeds broke the serve again, despite the best efforts of Bopanna & Middelkoop to take the match 6-3, 6-4.
In the semi-final Skupski & Koolhof were against the seventh seeds Lloyd Glasspool & Harri Heliovaara. The second seeds dominated the first set, as the Brit/Fin struggled on serve and took the lead. The second set saw the seventh seeds fight back. Glasspool & Heliovaara forced a tiebreak and eased through to level up the match. The match tiebreak was tight at first, before the second seeds stepped things up and took the match 6-1, 6-7(4), 10-6.
The final saw Skupski & Koolhof against eighth seeds Ivan Dodig & Austin Krajicek. The first set was very close, with neither side giving an inch and a tiebreak ensued. In the the breaker the Brit/Dutch pair edged through and took the lead. The second set saw the second seeds break serve and secured the title in straight sets 7-6(5), 6-4.
Doubles Round Up
Dan Evans with John Peers were defeated by Lloyd Glasspool & Harri Heliovaara in the second round in Paris 6-3, 6-7(5), 15-13.
Jamie Murray with Matthew Ebden were defeated by Lloyd Glasspool & Harri Heliovaara in the quarter-final in Paris 6-3, 7-6(6).
Joe Salisbury with Rajeev Ram were defeated by Ivan Dodig & Austin Krajicek in the quarter-final 3-6, 6-4, 10-6.
Jonny O’Mara with Philipp Oswald were defeated by Jan-Lennard Struff & Henri Squire in the quarter-final in Bergamo 6-1, 6-4.
Charles Broom with Constantin Frantzen were defeated by Ulises Blanch & Emilio Nava in the first round in Charlottesville 6-7, 7-6, 10-8.
Luke Johnson with Theo Arribage were defeated by Julian Cash & Henry Patten in the quarter-final in Charlottesville 6-7, 7-6, 10-6.
Julian Cash & Henry Patten defeated Artem Sitak & Alex Lawson in the final in Charlottesville 6-2, 6-4.
Luke Simkiss with Jaishvin Sidna were defeated by Anis Ghorbel & Aziz Ouakaa in the first round in Monastir (M25) 6-4, 6-1.
Alastair Gray with Kyrian Jacquet were defeated by Ray Ho & Bu Yunchaokete in the final in Monastir (M25) 6-2, 6-4.
Matthew Howse & Joel Pierleoni were defeated by Alexander Donski & David Pichler in the first round in Monastir (M15) 7-6(3), 7-5.
Joshua Paris with Daniel Cukierman defeated Mattias Southcombe & Filip Peliwo in the final in Jerusalem 6-3, 6-4.
Ben Jones & James Story were defeated by Menelaos Efstathiou & Jakob Schnaitter in the semi-final in Ithaca 5-7, 6-4, 10-5.
Blu Baker with John Bernard were defeated by Valentin De Carvalho & Daniel Rodrigues in the first round in Fayetteville 6-4, 7-5.
Hamish Stewart with Kareem Al Allaf were defeated by Johannes Ingildsen & Christian Sisgaard in the quarter-final in Fayetteville 7-6(2), 6-1.
James Davis & Michael Shaw were defeated by Dax Donders & Sidane Pontjodikromo in the first round in Heraklion 6-4, 1-6, 10-8.
William Jansen with Borys Zgola defeated Lohithaksha Bathrinath & Pruchya Isaro in the final in Al Zahra 7-5, 1-0(RET).
Sizya Ernest Kivanda with Lofo Ramiaramanana were defeated by Tom Gentzsch & Oscar Moraing in the first round in Villers-Les-Nancy 6-3, 6-3.
Scott Duncan & Marcus Willis defeated Arthur Bouquier & Gregoire Jacq in the final in Villers-Les-Nancy 6-1, 2-0(RET).
Emily Webley-Smith with Veronika Erjavec were defeated by Magali Kempen & Wu Fang-Hsien in the final in Nantes 6-2, 6-4.
Ying Hou with Denis Constantin Spiridon were defeated by Lewie Lane & Mick Veldheer in the semi-final in Selva Gardena 7-6(4), 6-4.
Lauren Bishop with Georgia Kalamaris were defeated by Chiara Di Tommaso & Nicole Teodosecu in the first round in Solarino 6-2, 6-3.
Abigail Amos & Alisha Reayer were defeated by Anastasia Abbagnato & Beatrice Stagno in the quarter-final in Solarino 6-4, 7-6(4).
Holly Hutchinson with Viktorila Dema were defeated by Maryna Kolb & Nadiya Kolb in the quarter-final in Haabneeme 4-3(RET).
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