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Exeter player wins National Tennis Championships

By University of Exeter Sports Park  |  Posted: January 24, 2013

Louis Skupien 10U Winter Nationals winner

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Louis Skupien (aged 10) haswon the 10U Winter National Tennis Championships which took place last weekendin Cambridge. 

In a difficult draw Louis,beat the number one seed in the semis before defeating the number two seed,Yorkshire's Barney Fitzpatrick, in the final. 

The matches were hardfought with Louis emerging triumphant to win the prestigious title. The finalsaw both players displaying some hard hitting high quality tennis, finishingwith a nail biting Championship tie-break.

Performance coach CharlotteWallace said "This is a great achievement for Louis and shows that all his hardwork and dedication is paying off. Exeter Tennis Centre is really pushingforward with the level of performance players which is great for Devon and theSouth West."

Louis, who sailed throughthe regional qualifiers in Exeter without dropping a single game to earn hisplace in the final, said "The competition was absolutely awesome. It was a verytough tournament and I have worked incredibly hard, but the result at the endwas worth it. I am really grateful to my Dad, my coach Dominic Stones and Beef[Alan Pope] my fitness coach for helping me."

As a local from Ilminster,Louis trains full time at Exeter Tennis Centre receiving dedicated support in apackage that includes one to one coaching sessions, squad coaching and hittingsessions. He also enjoys hitting with some of the university's student playersas part of his intense programme. His favourite sessions are with his strengthand conditioning coach Alan Pope. 

Louis is very lucky to havejust recently been awarded a sponsorship contract from Prince Tennis as well asequipment from Boost Oxygen which helps him train and play.  He is alsopart of the Aegon sponsored Future Stars Programme and regularly attendsNational Camps and Talent ID's in London.

Looking to the future Louisis aiming to follow in the footsteps of his favourite players Novak Djokovicand Milos Raonic, saying "I like Djokovic because of the way he plays and hisattitude, I would also love to have a serve like Raonic, which is incredible.My aim is to be number one in the world, but to be in the top 100 would also bea fantastic achievement."

Louis is looking to competeon an international level this year. He plans to start entering European TennisAssociation (ETA) events to gain experience on different surfaces and face newplayers from the continent.

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