Latest 29 Aug 2019

Kiwi Venus Number 1 Seed at US Open

by Rhonda Karl
Kiwi Venus Number 1 Seed at US Open

Top New Zealand tennis player Michael Venus is making history as the first ever Kiwi to be seeded at number one for a Grand Slam.

Venus and his playing partner Chan Hao-Ching from Chinese Taipei kick off their campaign at the US Open Championships in New York Friday morning (NZT) as the number one seeded pair in the Mixed Doubles. 

This is not the first time the duo have paired up, having taken to the court together at the 2017 US Open Championships where they were runners-up to the pairing of Jamie Murray and Martina Hingis. 

The team’s first round matchup is against the Slovenia-Great British pairing of Andreja Klepac and Ken Skupski on court 4 at Flushing Meadow.

Venus is looking forward to taking to the court.

“The US Open is one of those pinnacle events which sits in your mind for so long it’s going to be good to finally get out on court. Obviously Chan and I have great memories from playing together here in 2017 when we made the final and we’d like to have the same success again this year” said Venus.

“Making history is not something I’d really thought about before. I’m always proud to represent New Zealand overseas and to be number one seed for a Grand Slam is really awesome” Venus continued.

Venus will also be contesting the Mens’ Doubles with his South African partner Raven Klaasen. The pairing are seeded third in that draw and are scheduled to take to the court for their first round match on Saturday.

The pair are currently ranked 8 and 9 in the world and are on track to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals to be held in London in November.

Venus and Klaasen have become a formidable pairing since pairing up in early 2018. They won their first ATP title together in Marseille in February of that year and reached another three finals including their best result of the season, advancing to the final of Wimbledon. In 2019 the pair have continued strongly, reaching the final of the ASB Classic in January before going on to win ATP 500 titles at both the Halle Open and Washington Open.

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