Everything you need to know about Liverpool’s Wimbledon winner, Neal Skupski
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While most of the country was getting hyped up for the Euros footy finals, there was a big Scouse victory happening a few miles from Wembley on Centre Court at Wimbledon.
Tennis star Neal Skupski won his first Grand Slam title, partnering with American Desirae Krawczyk to beat British pair Harriet Dart and Joe Salisbury in the Mixed Doubles final.
The Liverpool-born player and his partner saw off the opposition 6-2 7-6 (7-1) to lift the Wimbledon trophies.
For 31-year-old Neal, the win is a career high after he turned pro almost nine years ago.
Wimbledon Mixed Champions! 🏆 Unreal week with @desiraekrawczyk 🤜🏼🤛🏼 Thanks to everyone for your support and kind messages!
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— Neal Skupski (@nealskupski) July 12, 2021
He’s one of the city’s highest achieving sportsmen, even though he might not be such a well-known name if you’re not a tennis fan, so here’s everything you need to know about Neal Skupski …
He wasn’t just born in Liverpool but learnt his first tennis skills here
Neal and his older brother Ken Jr both started at Palmerston Tennis Club in Allerton in the 1990s and can still be found on the courts there when they’re on a break from the ATP tour. Ken was the first one to make an impression in international tennis, when he won his first two ATP tournaments and broke into the world’s top 50 doubles players in 2009. Neal, who’s six years younger, turned pro in 2013, and the two have had a very successful men’s doubles pairing.
Their dad Ken got Neal and Ken Jr into tennis
The family’s back garden backed onto Palmerston Tennis Club and Neal first picked up a racquet to play when he was just three years old. The age gap meant they didn’t grow up playing together but once they did team up, their brotherly bond meant they were a natural pairing.
Tennis isn’t Neal’s only sporting passion
Neal and Ken are both massive Reds fans and Neal is also a decent golfer.
After Palmerston, Neal headed to the US
He played college tennis at Louisiana State University from 2009-2012.
He’s got a couple of amazing tennis heroes
Neal says his idols on court when he was growing up were champions Roger Federer and Pete Sampras.
Our full set of champions are complete 🏆
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 11, 2021
He’s a right-handed six-footer
His favourite shot is a volley, favourite surface is grass and favourite tournament happens to be the one he’s just won – Wimbledon.
Even before his latest Wimbledon victory, he’s had an impressive career
Neal has won five ATP Tour doubles titles including three with brother Ken: 2018 in Montpellier, 2019 in Budapest and 2021 in Acapulco. He got to his first Grand Slam men’s doubles semi-final at the 2019 US Open, partnered with Jamie Murray, Andy Murray’s brother. They also reached the 2020 ATP Masters 1000 Cincinnati doubles final. This year, Neal got to the finals at ATP Masters 1000 events in Miami and Monte Carlo with fellow Brit Dan Evans. He’s currently ranked 15 in the world in doubles.
He’s also doing pretty well for prize money
His prize money so far in 2021 is $131,552 and his career prize money in doubles and singles combined totals $1,271,715.
Neal’s lucky in love too
He got engaged to girlfriend Cambri Prevost in 2015 after popping the question on Henman Hill in Wimbledon. He had the engagement ring designed by Wongs Jewellers. Cambri, who regularly travels to tournaments around the world with Neal, was back at Wimbledon in the crowd on Sunday to watch him win his Mixed Doubles title.
He’s got a very big date lined up this summer
Neal has been named in the GB Olympic tennis team so he’ll soon be playing for a medal in Japan alongside Dan Evans.