Venus suffers loss in France
It’s been a tough day for the Kiwis in Metz and Berkeley.
Michael Venus and his German partner Tim Puetz were the top seeds at the ATP 250 tournament in Metz in France. But they have suffered a shock 6-2 6-4 defeat by the French wildcards Gregoire Barrere and Quentin Halys in the first round.
Venus and Puetz are 8th in the race to qualify for the season ending ATP Finals in Turin. The tournament in November features the top eight doubles teams during the season and Venus and Puetz will need some good results over the next month or so in the European Indoor tournaments to qualify.
They have a week off next week before heading to Kazakhstan for the ATP 500 tournament in Nur-Sultan.
Meanwhile Valentina Ivanov has lost her second round qualifying match at the ITF US $60,000 tournament in Berkeley in California
A day after beating former top 30 Kateryna Bondarenko, Ivanov has been beaten 1-6,6-3, 10-8 by Denmark’s Hannah Viller Moller.