WIMBLEDON, England - Former LSU tennis player Ken Skupski and doubles partner Colin Fleming took a 1-0 set advantage in their first round doubles match at the Wimbledon Championships on Thursday before play was suspended due to darkness on Court 18 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
The United Kingdom duo took the first set 7-6 (4) against France's Arnaud Clement and Nicolas Mahut before night fall delayed the match. The match is scheduled to resume Saturday at 6 a.m. CDT (noon BST in Wimbledon) on Court 14.
Skupski and Fleming took control of the tiebreaker by reeling off four of the first five points before cruising to a 7-4 victory to take the one set lead.
Mahut was on the losing end of the longest match in open-era tennis which ended Thursday. Mahut lost to former University of Georgia player John Isner in five sets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68 in the epic 11-hour match.
Skupski and Fleming are looking to advance to the second round in their third-straight Grand Slam. The duo advanced at both the French Open and the Australian Open earlier this year.
2010 Wimbledon Championships
June 21 - July 4
All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
June 24, 2010 (resumes June 26)
Colin Fleming (GBR)/Ken Skupski (GBR) vs. Arnaud Clement (FRA)/Nicolas Mahut (FRA), 7-6 (4) (suspended - darkness)