Louis Skupien (aged 10) has
won the 10U Winter National Tennis Championships which took place last weekend
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 hard
fought with Louis emerging triumphant to win the prestigious title. The final
saw both players displaying some hard hitting high quality tennis, finishing
with a nail biting Championship tie-break.
Performance coach Charlotte
Wallace said "This is a great achievement for Louis and shows that all his hard
work and dedication is paying off. Exeter Tennis Centre is really pushing
forward with the level of performance players which is great for Devon and the
Louis, who sailed through
the regional qualifiers in Exeter without dropping a single game to earn his
place in the final, said "The competition was absolutely awesome. It was a very
tough tournament and I have worked incredibly hard, but the result at the end
was 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 a
package that includes one to one coaching sessions, squad coaching and hitting
sessions. He also enjoys hitting with some of the university's student players
as part of his intense programme. His favourite sessions are with his strength
and conditioning coach Alan Pope.
Louis is very lucky to have
just recently been awarded a sponsorship contract from Prince Tennis as well as
equipment from Boost Oxygen which helps him train and play. He is also
part of the Aegon sponsored Future Stars Programme and regularly attends
National Camps and Talent ID's in London.
Looking to the future Louis
is aiming to follow in the footsteps of his favourite players Novak Djokovic
and Milos Raonic, saying "I like Djokovic because of the way he plays and his
attitude, 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 be
a fantastic achievement."
Louis is looking to compete
on an international level this year. He plans to start entering European Tennis
Association (ETA) events to gain experience on different surfaces and face new
players from the continent.