2009 Queens Club – Brits Doubles Update

AEGON ChampionshipsAndy Murray and Lleyton Hewitt’s brief encounter with doubles ended on Tuesday evening with a straight sets defeat against the 5th seeded doubles team Lukasz Kubot and Oliver March. The Aussie-Brit duo went down 6-4 6-3 in just under an hour.

Lukasz Kubot and Oliver March are currently 6th ranked best doubles team in the world and will next face the winners of the 2nd round match between 2nd seeds Bob & Mike Bryan and Colin Fleming & Ken Skupski.

Fleming & Skupski is an all Brit combo who had a good first round victory against Andrei Pavel & Horia Tecau 76(3) 64 on Tuesday.

Colin Fleming is another fellow Scot and his victory yesterday was his first ATP tour level (not challenger) win of his career, though he has only been given 2 previous chances, Wimbledon 2006 in the doubles and earlier this year in the very closely fought Davis Cup doubles rubber where he played with Ross Hutchins.

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 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 and 5th ranked best doubles player in Britain.

Skupski is from Liverpool and yesterday was also his first ATP tour level win, his only previous shot was at Wimbledon 2008 in the doubles. Skupski is now the 4th ranked best British doubles player

Since Skupski and Fleming have joined forces 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.

Standing in Fleming and Skupski way is probably the most renowned team on tour the Bryan Brothers! Fleming knows this is a great opportunity to further push himself, he told reporters.

We’ve achieved what we set out to at Queen’s now, the aim was to get to a tournament like this and get the opportunity to test ourselves against some of the best players in the world and we have that now. But it will just be a tennis match at the end of the day. We look at it as two guys against two guys and it’ll be 50-50 when we get out there. The Bryans are a pair we’ve watched a lot of. It’ll be a great challenge for us.

Fleming & Skupski received a further boost yesterday when they received a wild card for Wimbledon Doubles and Fleming is attempting to gain a wild card place for Wimbledon qualifying in a 16 man play off tournament arranged by the LTA, he won his first match this morning in the play-off , 6-3 6-1 beating GBs James Feaver.

Jamie Murray and Ross Hutchins should also be in action with their respective partners today. Murray partners Jonathan Erlich against Leos Friedl & David Skoch and Number 1 British doubles player Ross Hutchins partners Aussie Stephen Huss against Julien Benneteau & Michael Llodra. Huss & Hutchins are the 8th seeds.