Ken and Colin bowed out of the French Open in the second round after losing 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 to the number 4 seeds, Weslie Moodie & Dick Norman.
The match was always going to be a big serving contest even on the slow red clay of Paris, but I don’t think anyone could have guessed the match would end up being so close. Flemski had a set point in the first set but couldn’t convert and Moodie/Norman went on to clinch the set on the tie-break. The second set saw the lads fight back with an early break and that solitary break was enough to see them level the match. The 3rd set continued to be incredibly tight and it was probably always going to end in another tie-break. Ken and Colin moved to an early 2-0 lead only to see Moodie/Norman win 6 straight points to take control and ultimately win the match.
The lads now move back home and I’m sure will be looking forward to the grass court season.
British pair Colin Fleming and Ken Skupski reached the second round of the French Open men’s doubles with a three-set win over Switzerland’s Marco Chiudinelli and Germany’s Christopher Kas.
After losing the first set 6-3 the Britons saved break points in the second before breaking themselves and holding their nerve to level the match. In the 3rd sets they broke early and held on to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. They now face a potential clash with the number 4 seeds, Weslie Moodie and Dick Norman who play their match on Saturday.
Ken and Colin head off to Roland Garros after exiting the Nice ATP event at the quarter final stage. On Monday they shocked the No. 2 seeds Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau with a 6-1 6-7 11-9 win. Unfortunately today they couldn’t summon up a repeat performance and went down 6-3 6-3 to Bopanna/Qureshi.
The lads can now look forward to their first ever trip to Roland Garros.