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Player - Michael Venus

Michael Venus

Michael Venus

NZL | Rank: 1035
BirthplaceAuckland, New Zealand
Tournament entry ranking1035
Highest singles rankingDoubles - 32 (November 2016)
Height6'3" (190 cm)
Weight187 lbs (85 kg)
YTD wins0
YTD loses0
YTD titles won4
Career titles0
Career prize money$551,753
New Zealand’s best doubles player and defending champion Michael Venus has been awarded a doubles wildcard for the ASB Classic. Currently ranked a career high 32 in the world, Venus has enjoyed his best year on the ATP Tour capturing four doubles titles and a reaching a further five finals. The 29-year-old’s formidable year was punctuated with titles in Auckland, Montpellier, Marseille and ‘s-Hertogenbosch. He teamed up with Croatian Mate Pavic for most of 2016 including in Auckland. Pavic and Venus captivated New Zealander fans in their road to the ASB Classic final, where they beat Eric Butorac and Scott Lipsky 7-5 6-4. He joins New Zealander’s Marcus Daniell (50) and Artem Sitak (62) in the doubles main draw. They received wildcards after winning the Pascoes New Zealand Championships. Venus could not play the national tournament due to an ankle injury. Venus, Daniell and Sitak have all had stellar years on the Tour and will be genuine title contenders in Auckland. “The ASB Classic is my favourite tournament of the year so to be told by Karl that he will give me the other doubles wildcard to guarantee me the chance to try and defend my title is something that I’m really excited to do. Playing at home in Auckland with my family and friends watching, the whole atmosphere and event that’s put on by Tennis Auckland is one of the best tournaments there is in the world for players and spectators.” This will be Venus’ fifth consecutive ASB Classic where he has played in the main doubles draw and reached the semi-finals in 2012 to go along with his title in January. “Mike is a quality player and we probably dont realise just how well he, as well as Marcus and Artem have done on Tour this year. All three could win this title and to have the best of New Zealand tennis on show is great for fans. There is no better atmosphere than when these boys are doing well on centre court,” said Tournament Director Karl Budge.

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