Former LSU tennis standouts Skupski, Venus to represent respective home countries in Tokyo Olympics

Former LSU tennis standouts Neal Skupski and Michael Venus both qualified for the Tokyo Olympics. Skupski will be representing Great Britain, while Venus will represent New Zealand for the second time. They will be playing in the doubles portion of the tennis competition with different partners. Photo courtesy of LSU athletics.

Two former men’s tennis Tigers, Neal Skupski and Michael Venus, qualified for the Tokyo Olympics in July, the Federation announced.

Neal Skupski, who has a current ATP doubles rank of 18th, will be representing Great Britain and playing in doubles with partner Daniel Evans. Skupski and Evans have made the finals in three events this year, winning the Acapulco Title.

Michael Venus will be representing New Zealand for the second time, last competing in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics where he became the first LSU men’s tennis player to compete in the Olympics. The former All-American and SEC Player of the Year will be paired with Marcus Daniell, his same partner in the 2016 Olympics. In 2016, Venus and Daniell lost in their first-round match, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8), to the eventual silver medalists, Canadians Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil. Venus currently has an ATP doubles rank of 16.

Before the Olympics kick off in July, both Skupski and Venus will play at Wimbledon in doubles.

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