Venus and Peers make a winning start in Antwerp
World number 10 Michael Venus and his Australian partner John Peers have won through to the second round at the ATP tournament in Antwerp. They’ve beaten Britain’s Luke Bambridge and American Jackson Withrow 6-4 7-5.
The 2nd seeds converted four of 12 break point chances in the match and saved five of seven break points against their serve.
Venus and Peers will face either Denmark’s Freddie Nielsen and Germany’s Tim Puetz or Italian Simone Bolelli and Argentina’s Maximo Gonzalez in the second round.
Meanwhile Marcus Daniell after winning the ATP doubles title in Sardinia with Austrian doubles partner Philipp Oswald has returned a negative Covid-19 test. One of the pair’s Colombian opponents in the final, world number one Juan Sebastian Cabal tested positive for Covid 19 and is out of the tournament in Antwerp.
Daniell and Oswald are at the ATP tournament in Cologne and play German wildcards Daniel Altmaier and Oscar Otte in the first round.
Kiwi Artem Sitak is playing an ATP Challenger tournament in Istanbul and is playing with a new partner this week, Sweden’s Andre Goransson. They are the second seeds and play Portugal’s Frederico Ferreira Silva and Belarussian Ilya Ivashka in the first round.