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Tennis Tops SEC With Four in ATP Top 150

by Palmer Black
Tennis Tops SEC With Four in ATP Top 150

BATON ROUGE – The LSU men’s tennis team currently has four former players ranked in the ATP top 150. The Tigers are tied with Stanford for the most players ranked in the top 150, and LSU is No. 1 in the SEC, edging out Tennessee’s three players.

The former Tigers, all coached by Jeff Brown, include No. 87 Ken Skupski, No. 137 Michael Venus, No. 144 Neal Skupski, and No. 146 James Cluskey. All rankings are for doubles.

Ken Skupski currently has four wins on the circuit this season, all from doubles matches. He recently competed at the US Open with partner Denis Istomin. Venus, the 25 year-old New Zealand native, is currently 2-0 this season. Neal Skupski and Cluskey have yet to compete on the tour this season.

Aside from LSU and Stanford, Tennessee and Virginia have three players ranked in the top 150, and six more schools have two players each ranked in the top 150.

One of the most decorated Tigers in LSU men’s tennis history, Ken Skupski went 104-54 in singles play and notched a 109-39 mark in doubles. He also took down 53 top 125 singles players and 28 top 60 doubles pairs in his four-year career. During his two-year career at LSU, Venus finished doubles play with a 36-17 record. In his four years at LSU, Neal Skupski went 87-51 in doubles play, beating 29 players ranked in the top 60. During his time at LSU, Cluskey amassed an 82-48 record in doubles.

For up-to-date information and behind the scenes access on the Tigers, fans can follow the LSU men’s team on Twitter @lsutennis and follow head coach Jeff Brown @LSUCoachJBrown and on Facebook at