By Glenys Furness

  • Ken & Neal Skupski made the final in Metz
  • Brits were seeded fourth
  • Only defeated by top seeds.
METZ, FRANCE – Ken & Neal Skupski were seeded fourth at the ATP 250 event. Re-united after a short break from playing together the Brits progressed to the final.


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Ken & Neal Skupski entered the ATP 250 in Metz and were seeded fourth. In the first round the Brits were drawn against Grégoire BarrèreLucas Pouille. The Frenchmen stayed with the Brits in the first set and forced a tiebreak. The Skupski brothers edged the breaker to take the lead. In the second set Barrère & Pouille managed to break serve and level the match. The ensuing match tiebreak saw the Brits through to the quarter-finals 7-6(5), 3-6, 10-7.

In the quarter-final the Skupski brothers were drawn against Radu AlbotNikoloz Basilashvili. The Brits had an easier time in this match, breaking Albot & Basilashvili in each set and holding to to take the win and book a spot in the semi-final in straight sets 6-3, 6-4.

The semi-final saw the fourth seeds against Oliver MarachJürgen Melzer. The Austrians got the jump on the Skupski brothers and broke serve to take the first set. The Brits re-grouped in the second set and fought back well to level the match and force a match tiebreak. In the match tiebreak it was the Skupski brothers who grabbed the lead and didn’t let go to book their spot in the final 4-6, 6-3, 10-7.

In the final the fourth seeds were up against the top seeds Nicolas MahutÉdouard Roger-Vasselin. The Frenchmen completely dominated the first set, with the Brits being unable to do anything much including holding serve. The second set was more competitive though, with the Skupski brothers staying toe to toe with the top seeds until the very end when their serve was broken. A very good week for the Brits though who leave with the runner-up spot 6-1, 7-5.


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Doubles Round Up

Luke Bambridge & Joe Salisbury were defeated by Nicolas Mahut & Édouard Roger-Vasselin in the first round in Metz 6-3, 7-5.

Dom Inglot with Franko Skugor were defeated by Leander PaesMiguel Ángel Reyes-Varela in the first round in St Petersburg 7-6(5), 7-6(5).

Harriet Dart with Bibiane Schoofs were defeated by Barbora ŠtefkováRenata Voráčová in the first round in Seoul 7-5, 6-1.

James Ward with Akira Santillan were defeated by Hsu Yu-Hsiou & Jimmy Wang in the quarter-final in Kaohsiung 6-7(2), 7-6(2), 10-4.

Brydan Klein with Scott Puodziunas were defeated by Evan Hoyt & Dusty H Boyer in the semi-final in Cairns 6-3, 7-6(2).

Hoyt with Boyer defeated Jacob GrillsCalum Puttergill in the final in Cairns 6-2, 7-5.

Jodie Burrage & Freya Christie were defeated by Alana Parnaby & Alicia Smith in the first round in Cairns 6-4, 5-7, 10-6.

Soumeya Anane with Julia Kimmelmann were defeated by Erin Routliffe & Astra Sharma in the quarter final in Cairns 4-6, 6-1, 10-7.

Joel Cannell with Ryan Nijboer were defeated by James Story & Connor Thomson in the first round in Roehampton 7-5, 6-4.

Ben Jones & Neil Pauffley were defeated by George Davies & Michael Shaw in the first round in Roehampton 2-6, 7-6(2), 10-6.

Jonathan Binding with Francisco Dias were defeated by George Loffhagen & Cameron Green in the first round in Roehampton 0-6, 6-3, 10-6.

Mark Whitehouse with Mateusz Terczynski were defeated by Ryan Peniston & Andrew Watson in the first round in Roehampton 6-2, 3-6, 10-8.

Scott Duncan with Francesco Vilardo were defeated by Story & Thomson in the quarter-final in Roehampton 6-4, 6-3.

Loffhagen & Green were defeated by Lloyd Glasspool & Aidan McHugh in the quarter-final in Roehampton   6-4, 6-3.

Peniston & Watson were defeated by Antoine Bellier & Baptiste Crepatte in the quarter-final in Roehampton 6-4, 6-4.

Davies & Shaw were defeated by Story & Thomson in the semi-final in Roehampton 7-6(2), 6-3.

Glasspool & McHugh were defeated by Bellier & Crepatte in the semi-final in Roehampton 6-3, 6-2.

Story & Thomson were defeated by Bellier & Crepatte in the final in Roehampton 7-6(5), 6-7(2), 10-5.

Emily Webley-Smith with Nuria Parrizas-Diaz were defeated by Alicia Barnett & Sarah Beth Grey in the first round in Portugal 6-4, 6-4.

Barnett & Grey were defeated by Michaëlla KrajicekTereza Martincová in the quarter-final in Portugal    6-0, 6-4.

Samantha Murray with Emma Laine defeated Krajicek & Martincová in the final in Portugal 7-5, 6-4.

Next Week Brits play in Shenzhen, Tibron, Wuhan, Australia, Barnstaple, Tunisia, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, France, USA & Spain.


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