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Britain have a new Wimbledon champion after Neal Skupski triumphs in men’s doubles final

Bynewsmagzines

Jul 15, 2023
Britain have a new Wimbledon champion after Neal Skupski triumphs in men's doubles final

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Britain have a first men’s doubles Wimbledon champion in 11 years after Neal Skupski and Dutch partner Wesley Koolhof triumphed on Centre Court.

The pair – ranked number one in the world – overcame Spain’s Marcel Granollers and Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos in straight sets.

Brit doubles specialist Skupski (right) has triumphed in the men's doubles final at Wimbledon

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Brit doubles specialist Skupski (right) has triumphed in the men’s doubles final at WimbledonCredit: AFP
Skupski is the first Brit to have won in the Wimbledon men's doubles since 2012

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Skupski is the first Brit to have won in the Wimbledon men’s doubles since 2012Credit: Getty
He fell to the grass after he served out the match on Centre Court

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He fell to the grass after he served out the match on Centre CourtCredit: AFP

This year saw the doubles reduced from a best-of-five set format to a best-of-three, with Skupski and Koolhof winning 6-4, 6-4.

And it was Liverpool native Skupski who served out the match, with the 33-year-old crashing to the grass in jubilation.

It is the third time that Skupski has now won a Grand Slam at the All England Club.

His two previous victories came in the mixed doubles with partner Desirae Krawczyk.

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Incredibly, by becoming a mixed doubles and men’s double champion, Skupski is the first Brit to have achieved the feat since 1926.

It’s been nearly 100 years since Leslie Godfree won the men’s doubles in 1923 Randolph Lycett, before winning in the mixed three years later with future wife Kitty.

And Skupski is also the first Briton since Jonathan Marray in 2012 to have triumphed in the men’s doubles at SW19.

Skupski has now won three Grand Slam titles - with all coming at SW19

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Skupski has now won three Grand Slam titles – with all coming at SW19Credit: Getty

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