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Barrington boy Louis Skupien, 10, aims to match tennis hero Novak Djokovic

By WG_SForrester  |  Posted: February 05, 2013

Louis Skupien

Louis Skupien

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A tennis prodigy from Barrington is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his hero Novak Djokovic after winning the 10 and under Winter National Tennis Championships in Cambridge.

Louis Skupien beat the competition's number one seed in the semi-final and the number two seed in the final.

Then he watched his favourite player defeat Andy Murray in the Australian Open.

Louis is now training for an international tennis career. He trains full time at Exeter University Tennis Centre and is coached by his dad, Peter, and Dominic Stones.

He started playing tennis at the age of four, playing with his dad and joining a weekly group at Taunton Tennis Centre. He quickly progressed and could serve and rally effortlessly by the age of five.

Louis said: "I love tennis, especially the hard training as it makes me a better player, and then I get to test it in tournaments with hopefully great results.

"I really love my physical sessions with my trainer Alan Pope, his nickname is Beef. Beef says "pain is weakness leaving the body".

"We work hard but it is really good fun, it helps me in my tennis. I have always been competitive.

"I don't mind losing to a better player as long as I give 100 per cent but winning is a lot more fun. To win the Nationals was awesome."

Louis had a successful year in 2012 winning the Bristol Open, the Millfield Compete Open twice, The Winchester Babolat Open, Cardiff Open, Devon Open at Ivybridge, and the Winter Regional Tours at Taunton and Exeter.

He has just been awarded a sponsorship contract from Prince Tennis as well equipment from Booost Oxygen. He is also part of the Aegon sponsored Future Stars programme and regularly attends the National Camps.

Dad Peter said: "Louis has always been extremely competitive and displays a tremendous determination to succeed. He loves tennis and plays with a smile on his face. He practices very hard five days a week. His ambition is to become a top professional tennis player and the family is fully supportive of his efforts."

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