By Glenys Furness
- Neal Skupski claimed doubles title in Guadaloupe
- Teamed up with John-Patrick Smith
- Second seeds didn’t drop a set
GUADALOUPE, LESSER ANTILLES, CARIBBEAN – Neal Skupski teamed up with John-Patrick Smith and were the second seeds. The pair claimed the title without dropping a set.
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Neal Skupski teamed up with John-Patrick Smith in Le Gosier, the ATP Challenger event and were seeded second. The Brit/Australian drew Santiago Giraldo & Renzo Olivo in the first round. Giraldo/Olivo proved to be no real opposition of the seeds, as Skupski/Smith dominated both sets and moved easily into the quarter-final 6-1, 6-1.
The quarter-final saw Skupski/Smith faced Christian Garin & Akira Santillan. The seeds were pushed hard in the first set, as the Chilean/Australian forced a tiebreak. The Brit/Australian edged the tiebreak to take the lead, the second set saw the seeds get the vital break to seal the match 7-6(10), 6-3.
In the semi-final the seeds were against Corentin Denolly & Tom Jomby. The Frenchmen struggled in the first set to stay with Skupski/Smith and were soon behind. However, in the second set Denolly/Jomby found another level and managed to stay with the seeds. The Brit/Australian were not in the mood to lose now though and obtained the break when needed to book a spot in the final 6-2, 7-5.
The final saw the second seeds against Ruben Bemelmans & Jonathan Eysseric. Skupski/Smith found the first set a very tense affair that ended in a tiebreak. The Brit/Australian dominated the breaker however, and managed to break the Belgian/Frenchman to win the title 7-6(3), 6-4.
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Doubles Round Up
Jonny O’Mara with Dustin Brown lost in the first round of Marbella 6-2, 6-4
Lewis Burton with Mark Hadley lost in the first round of Marbella 6-2, 6-1
Jay Clarke with Kevin Krawietz lost in the final of the San Luis Open in Argentina 6-1, 6-4
Ken Skupski with Hugo Nys were the top seeds in St Brieuc lost in the semi-final 7-5, 7-5 to
Luke Bambridge & Joe Salisbury who won the first set in the final 6-4, but then lost the next 6-1, 10-7
Scott Clayton with David Pel lost in the quarter-final of St Brieuc 6-0, 6-4
Billy Harris with Maciej Rajski lost in the first round in Santa Margherita Di Pula 6-3, 6-4
Jonathan Gray with Clement Larriere lost in the quarter-final in Greece 6-2, 6-2
Samuel Pointon with Dante Gennaro lost in the first round in Tunisia 6-2, 7-5
Ryan Storrie with Hugo Gaston lost in the first round in Turkey 6-4, 7-6(2)
Marcus Solarz-Hendriks & Adam Thornton-Brown lost in the first round in Turkey 7-6(3), 6-0
Tara Moore with Chiara Scholl lost in the first round in France 7-6(4), 6-3
Katy Dunne with Kimberly Birrell lost in the quarter-final in Canberra they retired with the score 2-1 against them in the first set
Emily Appleton with Mia Eklund lost in the semi-final of Heraklion 7-6, 6-3
Jamie Murray with Bruno Soares lost in the quarter-final of Miami, they took the first set 6-4, then lost the next 7-5, 10-2
Kyle Edmund with Nenad Zimonjic lost in the first round of Miami 6-4, 7-6(1)
Dom Inglot with Marcus Daniell lost in the first round of Miami, they took the first set 7-6(3) then lost the next 6-4, 10-3
Johanna Konta & Heather Watson lost in the quarter-final of Miami, but took the second set 6-2, 4-6, 10-3
Anna Smith with Renata Voracova lost in the first round of Miami 6-1, 6-1
Next week Brits play in Charleston, Monterrey, Japan, Egypt, Italy, USA & Turkey
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