Neal Skupski, Joe Salisbury react to winning inaugural San Diego Open

Neal Skupski revealed he had just woken up when he saw that his brother Ken won the Sofia doubles title. 

In the Sofia doubles final, Ken Skupski and Jonny O’Mara beat Oliver Marach and Philipp Oswald to win the title. 

Around 10 hours later, Neal Skupski captured the San Diego Open doubles title after he and Joe Salisbury beat John Peers and Filip Polasek 7-6 (2) 3-6 10-5.

“I think I had just woken up when I saw the result. But it was a nice feeling to start the day off with that win,” Neal said of Ken’s win. “For him to come back and bounce back and win a tournament in Sofia, it’s great.”

Skupski and Salisbury were the top seeds and showed why they were the top favorites to win the title. 

“It’s been an amazing week. We’ve really enjoyed San Diego. Me and Joe, off the court we’re good friends and I think we gel together on the court,” Skupski said. “We’ve really enjoyed playing with each other this week.”

Skupski, Salisbury were were locked in on winning the title

“Obviously a great week for us. Going into it the goal was to win the tournament, but we didn’t know what to expect. We hadn’t played together for three years,” Salisbury said. “We maybe played our best tennis at the end of  some of the matches, which is great. Really happy to get the title.”

Elsewhere, Ken Skupski was in great spirits after winning first team title with O’Mara. 

“It is a nice feeling,” Skupski said after the final. “I am chuffed for us. It has been a great tournament, we have had great fun together. It has been lovely to be back in Sofia and we have really enjoyed it. We have had a really good run together over the tournaments we have played in the past, so it is something we will probably have a chat about and maybe you could see us here again next year.”