Michael Venus (tennis)

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Michael Venus
Country  United States (2002 – 2010)
 New Zealand (2010 – )
Residence Orlando, FL, United States
Born (1987-10-16) October 16, 1987 (age 26)
Auckland, New Zealand[1]
Height 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m)
Turned pro 2006
Plays Right-handed
Prize money $134,752
Career record 55-55
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 274 (July 25, 2011)
Current ranking No. 346 (April 4, 2014)
Grand Slam Singles results
US Open Q2 (2009)
Career record 46-41
Career titles 5 ITF
Highest ranking No. 68 (April 28, 2014)
Current ranking No. 68 (April 28, 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2014)
Career titles 0
Last updated on: April 5, 2014.

Michael Venus (born October 16, 1987) is a New Zealand professional tennis player. He reached a career high ranking of 302 in January 2010. He switched nationality in June 2010 and began playing in the New Zealand Davis Cup team.

Early years[edit]

His family moved to the United States, where he started to compete in the boys' league and won the Boys’ 18 National Clay Courts in 2006. His idols were Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras. He was vacillating between going to college or turning professional and trying the senior tour but decided to go for the College Conference.[2]

College years to professional career[edit]

He moved to Louisiana State University from the University of Texas during his sophomore college year of 2006-07. In January 2008 debuted in the Louisiana Tigers and was the first to win the 2008 D’Novo/ITA Men’s All-American Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma wearing the Tigers' colors. He is also one of only two Louisianan players to finish in the Campbell's ITA College Tennis Rankings top 10 in both singles and doubles the same year (No. 7 in singles and No. 4 in doubles respectively). He was a representative of United States team in the BNP Paribas International University Challenge of Tennis in Poitiers, France in December 2009.[1]

year Title
2009 ITA Singles All-American
2009 ITA Doubles All-American
2009 SEC Player of the Year
2009 First-Team All-SEC
2009 SEC Honor Roll
2009 Louisiana Player of the Year
2009 First-Team All-Louisiana
2008 D’Novo All-American Champion
2008 First-Team All-SEC
2008 Louisiana Player of the Year
2008 D’Novo All-American Champion
2008 First-Team All-Louisiana
2008 Louisiana Newcomer of the Year


Venus finished the season winning the USA F26 Futures in doubles partnering Danny Bryan and losing only in the final of Thailand F3 Futures[3] thus peaking 866th in singles on the ATP world tour.[4]


Despite playing the final of Baton Rouge Challenger with partner Ryan Harrison,[3] due to his fable singles performance Venus closed the year at the 1752nd position on the South African Airways ATP rankings.[4]


In July Venus clinched the title of USA F17 Futures beating Vasek Pospisil in the final. He reached the doubles final of the USA F19 Futures in August teaming up with Colt Gaston losing in the two straight sets. The end of the month Venus earned a wild card to the qualifying draw of the 2009 US Open in which he advanced to the second round overcoming Uruguay's Marcel Felder in two sets but failing to qualify by losing to Giovanni Lapentti Of Ecuador. In October The Venus-Harrison pair won the USA F24 Futures against fellow Kudla-Sarmiento and in November playing with Gaston they lost in the championship match in the USA F27 Futures against the Armenian-Russian duo Martirosyan-Sitak.[3] He reached his career year-end high of 587.[4]


Venus won another futures the USA F13 Futures tournament but lost in his first ever challenger series final in Qarshi against Blaž Kavčič in two tie-breaker sets. In the same year he won his first Davis Cup match representing New Zealand.[3] He advanced to the 328th ATP year-end rank.[4]

ATP/ITF Tour Finals[edit]

Singles (3–1)[edit]

ATP Challenger Tour (0–1)
ITF Futures (3–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. July 19, 2009 United States Peoria F17 Clay Canada Vasek Pospisil 6–7(4–7), 6–4, 6–4
Winner 2. June 13, 2010 United States Loomis F13 Hard Bulgaria Dimitar Kutrovsky 7–6(7–4), 1–6, 6–3
Runner–up 3. August 21, 2010 Uzbekistan Qarshi Hard Slovenia Blaž Kavčič 6–7(6–8), 6–7(5–7)
Winner 4. October 14, 2012 Australia Margaret River F10 Hard Australia Adam Feeney 6–3, 3–6, 6–3

Doubles (9–7)[edit]

ATP Challenger Tour (5–6)
ITF Futures (4–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner–up 1. April 27, 2008 United States Baton Rouge Hard United States Ryan Harrison United States Phillip Simmonds / United States Tim Smyczek 6–2, 1–6, [4–10]
Runner–up 2. September 9, 2012 Australia Alice Springs F6 Hard Australia Samuel Groth Australia Adam Feeney / Australia Nick Lindahl 6–4, 2–6, [8–10]
Winner 3. October 28, 2012 Australia Traralgon F11 Clay New Zealand Jose Statham Australia Matthew Barton / Australia Michael Look 3–6, 6–3, [11–9]
Winner 4. December 2, 2012 Indonesia Jakarta F3 Hard Germany Tim Puetz Australia Brydan Klein / Australia Dane Propoggia 7–5, 6–3
Winner 5. March 24, 2013 United States Costa Mesa F8 Hard United States Michael McClune South Korea Cho Min Hyeok / South Korea Nam Ji Sung 6–1, 6–3
Winner 6. June 2, 2013 Romania Bacău F3 Clay United States Bradley Klahn Poland Piotr Gadomski / France Tristan Lamasine 7–6(7–4), 6–7(4–7), [14–12]
Runner–up 7. June 9, 2013 Germany Fürth Clay United States Christian Harrison Australia Colin Ebelthite / Australia Rameez Junaid 4–6, 5–7
Winner 8. July 7, 2013 United States Winnetka Hard India Yuki Bhambri India Somdev Devvarman / United States Jack Sock 2–6, 6–2, [10–8]
Winner 9. July 21, 2013 United States Binghampton Hard United States Bradley Klahn Australia Adam Feeney / Australia John-Patrick Smith 6–3, 6–4
Runner–up 10. July 28, 2013 United States Lexington Hard United States Bradley Klahn Canada Frank Dancevic / Canada Peter Polansky 3–6, 5–7
Winner 11. November 17, 2013 Japan Yokohama Hard United States Bradley Klahn Thailand Sanchai Ratiwatana / Thailand Sonchat Ratiwatana 7–5, 6–1
Winner 12. February 8, 2014 India Chennai Hard India Yuki Bhambri India N. Sriram Balaji / Slovenia Blaž Rola 7–6(7–5), 6–4
Runner–up 13. March 9, 2014 Japan Kyoto Hard (i) Thailand Sanchai Ratiwatana India Purav Raja / India Divij Sharan 7–5, 6–7(3–7), [4–10]
Runner–up 14. March 16, 2014 United States Irving Hard Australia John-Patrick Smith Mexico Santiago González / United States Scott Lipsky 6–4, 6–7(7–9), [7–10]
Runner–up 15. April 6, 2014 France Guadeloupe Hard Germany Gero Kretschmer Poland Tomasz Bednarek / Canada Adil Shamasdin 5–7, 7–6(7–5), [8–10]
Winner 16. April 27, 2014 United States Savannah Clay (Green) Serbia Ilija Bozoljac Argentina Facundo Bagnis / Russia Alex Bogomolov, Jr. 7–5, 6–2

Davis Cup (8)[edit]

Group membership
World Group (0)
Group I (3)
Group II (5)
Group III (0)
Group IV (0)
Rubber outcome No. Rubber Match type (partner if any) Opponent nation Opponent player(s) Score
Increase3-2; July 9–11, 2010; TSB Hub, Hawera, Taranaki, New Zealand; Asia/Oceania Semifinal; Hard surface
Defeat 1. II  Singles  Pakistan Pakistan Aisam Qureshi 6-72,6-4, 2-6, 6-2, 13-15
Defeat 2. III  Doubles (with New Zealand Marcus Daniell) Pakistan Pakistan Aqeel Khan / Aisam Qureshi 6-76, 3-6, 2-6
Increase3-2; September 17–19, 2010; National Tennis Development Centre (LTAT), Nonthaburi, Thailand; Final; Hard surface
Victory 3. Singles Thailand Thailand Weerapat Doakmaiklee 6-3, 6-2, 7-61
Defeat 4. III  Doubles (with New Zealand Daniel King-Turner) Thailand Thailand Sonchat Ratiwatana / Sanchai Ratiwatana 6-0, 7-66, 0-6, 3-6, 4-6
Defeat 5. IV  Singles Thailand Thailand Kittiphong Wachiramanowong 5-7, 6-76, 2-6
Decrease2-3; March 4–6, 2011; Sport Complex Pahlavon, Namangan, Uzbekistan; First round; Clay surface
Victory 6. III Doubles (with New Zealand Marcus Daniell) Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Farrukh Dustov / Denis Istomin 6-75, 3-6, 4-6
Defeat 7. IV Singles Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Vaja Uzakov 3-6, 0-6
Increase5-0; July 8–10, 2011; TSB Hub, Hawera, New Zealand; First Playoff round; Hard surface
Defeat 8. II Singles Philippines Philippines Cecil Mamiit 6-78, 7-64, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3


  1. ^ a b c "Michael Venus Bio". lsusports.net. Louisiana State University. June 18, 2008. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ "College Spotlight: Michael Venus, LSU". usta.com. United States Tennis Association. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Michael Venus - Activity". itftennis.com. International Tennis Federation. Retrieved February 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Michael Venus - Rankings history". atpworldtour.com. Association of Tennis Professionals. Retrieved February 9, 2011. 

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