2009 Queens Club – Fleming & Skupski Beat the Bryan Brothers

AEGON ChampionshipsWhat a performance from two little known rising stars in British tennis, Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski. The duo beat the number 1 ranked doubles team in the world in straight sets in only their second full ATP tour level win.

Since Skupski and Fleming joined forces in 2008 they have been rapidly climbing the doubles rankings and are now ranked in the 100 best teams, a decent run at Queens and Wimbledon could see both players break into the doubles top 100 players and the team in to the top 50 doubles team.

Colin Fleming from Broxburn in Scotland and Ken Skupski from Liverpool added to their good first round victory against Andrei Pavel & Horia Tecau 76(3) 64 on Tuesday. That match was duo’s first ever full ATP tour level win and their second was a major upset.

Cruelly though very few people will have got to see Brits victory as The BBC or Europsort did not show the match, as the players entered court, the BBC stopped their coverage on the red button. I’m not 100% sure why the BBC are not covering the doubles at Queens, it may well be a TV rights situation similar to why Sky cannot show doubles when they cover the masters events.

Despite being broken early in the first set Skupski and Fleming broke back and broke again to claim the set and single break in the second set was enough to see them to victory.

In contrast to some of the other British players these two have not been handed out countless chances with wildcards for Queens and Wimbledon. Fleming had only played 2 full tour level matches before this week and Skupski 1.

Skupski and Fleming will next face 5th seeds Lukasz Kubot and Oliver Marach who took out Andy Murray and Lleyton Hewitt in the second round.

Skupski is currently the 4th ranked best British doubles player and Fleming 5th best. Fleming took a 2 year sabbatical from tennis to finish uni and worked for a year, since returning he steadily improved and recorded numerous good result on the challenger circuit in both doubles with Skupski and singles, recognised recently with his place in the Davis Cup after Andy Murray pulled out. Fleming is currently the 10th ranked best singles player in Britain.

Fellow Brit Jamie Murray earned a much needed win with his partner Jonathan Erlich against Leos Friedl & David Skoch, the British-Israeli combo won in 3 sets 7-6(5) 3-6 10-3(super tie-break). They will next play 7th seeds Jeff Coetzee and Jordan Kerr.

8th seeds Ross Hutchins and Aussie partner Stephen Huss went out in their first match to Julien Benneteau & Michael Llodra 7-5 6-2. Hutchins is Britains number 1 ranked player.