Michael Venus qualifies for World Tour Finals

Thursday, 05 November 2020

New Zealand’s top ranked doubles player Michael Venus has qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals in London for the fourth straight year. Venus and his Australian partner John Peers have beaten American Austin Krajicek and Croatian Franko Skugor 6-4 7-6 (4) to reach the quarter finals of the Paris Masters.

Their spot in the elite eight team field for the 02 Arena was confirmed when Brits Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski lost their second round match in Paris.

It’s a great achievement given the quality of the players out there.” Venus said. “I’ve been lucky to have some great partners over the years that have helped me over the years also and I am just really excited that we have been able to finish the year on a high and be playing like this and hopefully we can win a few more matches here.”

Venus and Peers will face Canadian singles star Felix Augier Alliassime and Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in the Paris Masters quarter finals.

However Venus and Peers are still not guaranteed to play in London from the 15th to 22nd of November. The Kiwi has a flight booked home from Paris on Tuesday and a voucher for managed isolation. However due to Government rule changes and a lack of space, the earliest he can change dates is to the 20th of December.

With London locked down Venus would  be faced with the inability to practice for more than a month leading into January’s Australian Open if he stayed in London. He would also be forced to spend another month away from his pregnant wife Sally and two year old daughter Lila who he hasn't seen since the beginning of August.

“We have tried to find any avenue that’s possible and have applied for the emergency spots so just waiting to hear on that and hopefully something can come through and we will be able to finish the year by playing in London.” Venus said.

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