Tigers on Tour
Communications Graduate Assistant
BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU Tennis program has five former players currently competing professionally including Boris Arias, Ken and Neal Skupski, Tam Trinh and Michael Venus. These Tiger tennis alumni travel with the tour around the world to face the best the sport has to offer in hopes of improving their ranking and qualifying for a major tournament. Here is an update on how the Tigers have performed.
Tigers in the Australian Open
The Australian Open began Monday, Jan. 15 and there are two former Tigers in the draw—Michael Venus and Neal Skupski.
No. 15 Venus and his partner No. 25 Raven Klaasen are the No. 8 seed and will compete against No. 69 Scott Lipsky of the United States and Spain’s No. 77 David Marrero.
Neal Skupski is currently ranked No. 67 in the world on the doubles court. The United Kingdom right-hander will compete with No. 62 Adil Shamasdin of Canada. The duo will square off against No. 37 Marcus Daniell of New Zealand and No. 50 Dominic Inglot of the United Kingdom.
Venus became the first Tiger to win a Grand Slam Title as he won the 2017 French Open in doubles with partner Ryan Harrsion. The duo entered the French Open unseeded and used six straight three set wins to take the title. Venus also made the finals of the US Open mixed doubles and the quarterfinals of doubles at Wimbledon. He represented New Zealand in the Davis Cup, played in the ATP Worlds Finals and finsihed the year as the No. 15 player in doubles.
For nine straight seasons, Ken Skupski has finished inside of the top-100 in doubles. He starts the 2018 year ranked No. 86 in the world on the doubles court.
Last season, he and brother, Ken, competed in the quarterfinal at Wimbledon. He finished the year with a career-high ranking of 67th in the world in doubles.
New to the tour scene is former Tiger Arias. Last season, the newcomer won five futures titles and finished inside of the top-400 in doubles. He also represented Bolivia in the Davis Cup.
Trinh won nine matches on the ITF Tour and ended the year ranked No. 1287 in doubles.