Michael Venus (tennis)

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Michael Venus
Venus RG15 (1) (18685765993).jpg
Country (sports)  United States (2002 – 2010)
 New Zealand (2010 – )
Residence Orlando, FL, United States
Born (1987-10-16) 16 October 1987 (age 29)
Auckland, New Zealand[1]
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Turned pro 2006
Plays Right-handed
Prize money $1,022,747
Singles
Career record 11–15
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 274 (25 July 2011)
Grand Slam Singles results
US Open Q2 (2009)
Doubles
Career record 97–81
Career titles 7
Highest ranking No. 12 (17 July 2017)
Current ranking No. 15 (18 September 2017)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2014, 2015)
French Open W (2017)
Wimbledon QF (2017)
US Open 3R (2014)
Mixed doubles
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open 1R (2017)
French Open 2R (2017)
Wimbledon 3R (2015)
US Open F (2017)
Last updated on: 18 September 2017.

Michael Venus (born 16 October 1987) is a New Zealand professional tennis player. He reached a career high singles ranking of 274 in July 2011, but is much better known as a leading doubles player with a huge serve. He won the final of the 2017 French Open partnering with American Ryan Harrison, and followed that with a runner-up finish in the 2017 US Open mixed doubles with Chan Hao-ching of Chinese Taipei as his partner.

Early years[edit]

His family moved to the United States, where he won the Boys’ 18 National Clay Courts in 2006. His idols were Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras. He vacillated between going to college or turning professional and trying the senior tour, but decided to go for the College Conference.[2] Having represented the USA through college, he switched nationalities in June 2010 to the country of his birth, and began playing for the New Zealand Davis Cup team.


College years to professional career[edit]

He transferred to Louisiana State University from the University of Texas after his freshman year and sat out the 2006-2007 season, following NCAA guidelines. In his first year at LSU, Venus became the first LSU player to win the ITA Men’s All-American Championship at the national tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma in January 2008. He is one of only two Louisianan college players to finish in the top ten of the Campbell's ITA College Tennis Rankings in both singles and doubles in the same year (No. 7 in singles and No. 4 in doubles respectively), which he accomplished in his final season in 2008-2009. He was a representative of the United States team in the BNP Paribas International University Challenge of Tennis in Poitiers, France in December 2009.[1]

College Accolades[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

2007[edit]

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

2008[edit]

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

2009[edit]

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 with Colt Gaston losing in two straight sets. At 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]

2010[edit]

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 328 at year-end.[4]

Significant finals[edit]

Grand Slam finals[edit]

Doubles: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponent Score
Winner 2017 French Open Clay United States Ryan Harrison Mexico Santiago González
United States Donald Young
7–6(7–5), 6–7(4–7), 6–3

Mixed Doubles: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Championship Surface Partner Opponent Score
Runner-up 2017 US Open Hard Chinese Taipei Chan Hao-ching Switzerland Martina Hingis
United Kingdom Jamie Murray
1–6, 6–4, [8–10]

ATP career finals[edit]

Doubles: 14 (7 titles, 7 runners-up)[edit]

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (1–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–1)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (6–6)
Titles by surface
Hard (3–5)
Grass (1–0)
Clay (3–2)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1–0 May 2015 Open de Nice Côte d'Azur, France 250 Series Clay Croatia Mate Pavić Netherlands Jean-Julien Rojer
Romania Horia Tecău
7–6(7–4), 2–6, [10–7]
Runner-up 1–1 Jul 2015 Colombia Open, Colombia 250 Series Hard Croatia Mate Pavić France Édouard Roger-Vasselin
Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
5–7, 3–6
Runner-up 1–2 Oct 2015 Stockholm Open, Sweden 250 Series Hard (i) Croatia Mate Pavić United States Nicholas Monroe
United States Jack Sock
5–7, 2–6
Winner 2–2 Jan 2016 Auckland Open, New Zealand 250 Series Hard Croatia Mate Pavić United States Eric Butorac
United States Scott Lipsky
7–5, 6–4
Winner 3–2 Feb 2016 Open Sud de France, France 250 Series Hard (i) Croatia Mate Pavić Germany Alexander Zverev
Germany Mischa Zverev
7–5, 7–6(7–4)
Winner 4–2 Feb 2016 Open 13, France 250 Series Hard (i) Croatia Mate Pavić Israel Jonathan Erlich
United Kingdom Colin Fleming
6–2, 6–3
Runner-up 4–3 May 2016 Open de Nice Côte d'Azur, France 250 Series Clay Croatia Mate Pavić Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal
Colombia Robert Farah
6–4, 4–6, [8–10]
Winner 5–3 Jun 2016 Rosmalen Grass Court Championships, Netherlands 250 Series Grass Croatia Mate Pavić United Kingdom Dominic Inglot
South Africa Raven Klaasen
3–6, 6–3, [11–9]
Runner-up 5–4 Jul 2016 Swiss Open, Switzerland 250 Series Clay Croatia Mate Pavić Chile Julio Peralta
Argentina Horacio Zeballos
6–7(2–7), 2–6
Runner-up 5–5 Sep 2016 Moselle Open, France 250 Series Hard Croatia Mate Pavić Chile Julio Peralta
Argentina Horacio Zeballos
3–6, 6–7(4–7)
Runner-up 5–6 Oct 2016 Stockholm Open, Sweden 250 Series Hard (i) Croatia Mate Pavić Sweden Elias Ymer
Sweden Mikael Ymer
1–6, 1–6
Runner-up 5–7 Oct 2016 Swiss Indoors, Switzerland 500 Series Hard (i) Sweden Robert Lindstedt Spain Marcel Granollers
United States Jack Sock
3–6, 4–6
Winner 6–7 May 2017 Estoril Open, Portugal 250 Series Clay United States Ryan Harrison Spain David Marrero
Spain Tommy Robredo
7–5, 6–2
Winner 7–7 Jun 2017 French Open, France Grand Slam Clay United States Ryan Harrison Mexico Santiago González
United States Donald Young
7–6(7–5), 6–7(4–7), 6–3

Challenger/ITF Tour Finals[edit]

Singles (3–4)[edit]

Legend
ATP Challenger Tour (0–1)
ITF Futures (3–3)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score
Runner–up 1. 18 June 2007 Bangkok, Thailand Hard United States Nathan Thompson 6–7(0–7), 3-6
Winner 1. 19 July 2009 Peoria, USA Clay Canada Vasek Pospisil 6–7(4–7), 6–4, 6–4
Winner 2. 13 June 2010 Loomis, USA Hard Bulgaria Dimitar Kutrovsky 7–6(7–4), 1–6, 6–3
Runner–up 2. 21 August 2010 Qarshi, Uzbekistan Hard Slovenia Blaž Kavčič 6–7(6–8), 6–7(5–7)
Runner–up 3. 23 May 2011 Andijan, Uzbekistan Hard Finland Harri Heliövaara 4-6, 4-6
Runner–up 4. 14 November 2011 Traralgon, Australia Hard Australia Benjamin Mitchell 6–7(3-7), 7-6(7-2), 0-6
Winner 3. 14 October 2012 Margaret River, Australia Hard Australia Adam Feeney 6–3, 3–6, 6–3

Doubles (12–9)[edit]

Legend
ATP Challenger Tour (8–8)
ITF Futures (4–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner–up 1. 27 April 2008 Baton Rouge Hard United States Ryan Harrison United States Phillip Simmonds
United States Tim Smyczek
6–2, 1–6, [4–10]
Runner–up 2. 9 September 2012 Alice Springs F6 Hard Australia Samuel Groth Australia Adam Feeney
Australia Nick Lindahl
6–4, 2–6, [8–10]
Winner 1. 28 October 2012 Traralgon F11 Clay New Zealand Jose Statham Australia Matthew Barton
Australia Michael Look
3–6, 6–3, [11–9]
Winner 2. 2 December 2012 Jakarta F3 Hard Germany Tim Puetz Australia Brydan Klein
Australia Dane Propoggia
7–5, 6–3
Winner 3. 24 March 2013 Costa Mesa F8 Hard United States Michael McClune South Korea Cho Min Hyeok
South Korea Nam Ji Sung
6–1, 6–3
Winner 4. 2 June 2013 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 3. 9 June 2013 Fürth Clay United States Christian Harrison Australia Colin Ebelthite
Australia Rameez Junaid
4–6, 5–7
Winner 5. 7 July 2013 Winnetka Hard India Yuki Bhambri India Somdev Devvarman
United States Jack Sock
2–6, 6–2, [10–8]
Winner 6. 21 July 2013 Binghamton Hard United States Bradley Klahn Australia Adam Feeney
Australia John-Patrick Smith
6–3, 6–4
Runner–up 4. 28 July 2013 Lexington Hard United States Bradley Klahn Canada Frank Dancevic
Canada Peter Polansky
3–6, 5–7
Winner 7. 17 November 2013 Yokohama Hard United States Bradley Klahn Thailand Sanchai Ratiwatana
Thailand Sonchat Ratiwatana
7–5, 6–1
Winner 8. 8 February 2014 Chennai Hard India Yuki Bhambri India N. Sriram Balaji
Slovenia Blaž Rola
7–6(7–5), 6–4
Runner–up 5. 9 March 2014 Kyoto Hard (i) Thailand Sanchai Ratiwatana India Purav Raja
India Divij Sharan
7–5, 6–7(3–7), [4–10]
Runner–up 6. 16 March 2014 Irving Hard Australia John-Patrick Smith Mexico Santiago González
United States Scott Lipsky
6–4, 6–7(7–9), [7–10]
Runner–up 7. 6 April 2014 Guadeloupe Hard Germany Gero Kretschmer Poland Tomasz Bednarek
Canada Adil Shamasdin
5–7, 7–6(7–5), [8–10]
Winner 9. 27 April 2014 Savannah Clay (Green) Serbia Ilija Bozoljac Argentina Facundo Bagnis
Russia Alex Bogomolov, Jr.
7–5, 6–2
Winner 10. 15 June 2014 Nottingham Grass Australia Rameez Junaid Belgium Ruben Bemelmans
Japan Go Soeda
4–6, 7–6(7–1), [10–6]
Winner 11. 4 April 2015 Ra'anana Hard Croatia Mate Pavić Australia Rameez Junaid
Canada Adil Shamasdin
6–1, 6–4
Runner–up 8. 12 April 2015 Batman Hard Croatia Mate Pavić Russia Aslan Karatsev
Belarus Yaraslav Shyla
6–7(4–7), 6–4, [5–10]
Winner 12. 19 April 2015 Mersin Clay Croatia Mate Pavić Italy Riccardo Ghedin
India Ramkumar Ramanathan
5–7, 6–3, [10–4]
Runner–up 9. 23 August 2015 Vancouver Hard India Yuki Bhambri Philippines Treat Conrad Huey
Denmark Frederik Nielsen
6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–3), [5–10]

Davis Cup (27)[edit]

Group membership
World Group (0)
Group I (11–9)
Group II (3–4)
Group III (0)
Group IV (0)
Rubber outcome No. Rubber Match type (partner if any) Opponent nation Opponent player(s) Score
Increase3–2; 9–11 July 2010; TSB Hub, Hawera, New Zealand; Group II Asia/Oceania Second round; Hard (i) surface
Defeat 1. II Singles Pakistan Pakistan Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi 6–7(2–7), 6–4, 2–6, 6–2, 13–15
Defeat 2. III Doubles (with Marcus Daniell) Aqeel Khan / Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi 6–7(6–8), 3–6, 2–6
Increase3–2; 17–19 September 2010; National Tennis Development Centre, Nonthaburi, Thailand; Group II Asia/Oceania Third round; Hard surface
Victory 1. I Singles Thailand Thailand Weerapat Doakmaiklee 6–3, 6–2, 7–6(7–1)
Defeat 3. III Doubles (with Daniel King-Turner) Sanchai Ratiwatana / Sonchat Ratiwatana 6–0, 7–6(8–6), 0–6, 3–6, 4–6
Defeat 4. IV Singles Kittipong Wachiramanowong 5–7, 6–7(6–8), 2–6
Decrease2–3; 4–6 March 2011; Sport Complex Pahlavon, Namangan, Uzbekistan; Group I Asia/Oceania First round; Clay (i) surface
Defeat 5. III Doubles (with Marcus Daniell) Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Farrukh Dustov / Denis Istomin 6–7(5–7), 3–6, 4–6
Victory 2. V Singles (dead rubber) Vaja Uzakov 6–3, 6–0
Increase5–0; 8–10 July 2011; TSB Hub, Hawera, New Zealand; Group I Asia/Oceania First round play-off; Hard (i) surface
Victory 3. II Singles Philippines Philippines Cecil Mamiit 6–7(6–8), 7–6(7–4), 6–3, 4–6, 6–3
Decrease2–3; 10–12 February 2012; TECT Arena, Tauranga, New Zealand; Group I Asia/Oceania First round; Hard (i) surface
Defeat 6. II Singles Uzbekistan Uzbekistan Farrukh Dustov 6–3, 1–6, 2–6, 2–6
Defeat 7. III Doubles (with Daniel King-Turner) Farrukh Dustov / Denis Istomin 4–6, 6–7(4–7), 1–6
Decrease0–5; 14–16 September 2012; CLTA Tennis Stadium, Chandigarh, India; Group I Asia/Oceania First round play-off; Hard surface
Defeat 8. III Doubles (with Daniel King-Turner) India India Vishnu Vardhan / Divij Sharan 6–7(3–7), 6–4, 3–6, 7–6(7–4), 3–6
Decrease2–3; 19–21 October 2012; Kaohsiung Yangming Tennis Courts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Group I Asia/Oceania Second round play-off; Hard surface
Defeat 9. II Singles Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Huang Liang-chi 4–6, 6–7(0–7), 3–6
Increase3–2; 13–15 September 2013; Plantation Bay Resort & Spa, Lapu-Lapu, Philippines; Group II Asia/Oceania Third round; Hard surface
Victory 4. I Singles Philippines Philippines Ruben Gonzales 4–6, 6–3, 4–6, 7–6(7–4), 6–0
Victory 5. V Singles Treat Huey 5–7, 4–6, 6–3, 6–1, 6–3
Decrease1–3; 27–29 January 2014; Tianjin Tennis Center, Tianjin, China; Group I Asia/Oceania First round; Hard (i) surface
Defeat 10. I Singles China China Wu Di 6–3, 6–7(4–7), 2–6, 6–1, 3–6
Victory 6. III Doubles (with Marcus Daniell) Gong Maoxin / Li Zhe 6–3, 7–6(7–3), 7–5
Increase4–1; 24–26 October 2014; Z Energy Wilding Park Tennis Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand; Group I Asia/Oceania Second round play-off; Hard (i) surface
Victory 7. II Singles Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Wang Chieh-fu 7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–3), 6–2
Increase4–1; 6–8 March 2015; ASB Tennis Centre, Auckland, New Zealand; Group I Asia/Oceania First round; Hard surface
Victory 8. I Singles China China Zhang Ze 6–1, 6–4, 3–6, 6–7(3–7), 9–7
Victory 9. V Singles (dead rubber) Wang Chuhan 3–6, 7–6(7–2), 6–4
Decrease2–3; 17–19 July 2015; Wilding Park Tennis Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand; Group I Asia/Oceania Second round; Hard (i) surface
Victory 10. I Singles India India Somdev Devvarman 4–6, 4–6, 6–3, 6–3, 6–1
Defeat 11. V Singles Yuki Bhambri 2–6, 2–6, 3–6
Decrease1–3; 4–6 March 2016; Seoul Olympic Park Tennis Center, Seoul, South Korea; Group I Asia/Oceania Second round; Hard surface
Defeat 12. II Singles South Korea South Korea Chung Hyeon 4–6, 5–7, 1–6
Victory 11. III Doubles (with Artem Sitak) Lim Yong-kyu / Lee Duck-hee 7–6(7–3), 6–4, 4–6, 6–4
Increase5–0; 16–18 September 2016; Wilding Park Tennis Centre, Christchurch, New Zealand; Group I Asia/Oceania Second round play-off; Hard (i) surface
Victory 12. III Doubles (with Marcus Daniell) Pakistan Pakistan Mohammad Abid / Aqeel Khan 6–0, 6–1, 6–2
Decrease1–4; 3–5 February 2017; Balewadi Sports Complex, Pune, India; Group I Asia/Oceania First round; Hard surface
Victory 13. III Doubles (with Artem Sitak) India India Leander Paes / Vishnu Vardhan 4–6, 6–4, 6–4, 6–3
Increase3–2; 7–9 April 2017; ASB Tennis Centre, Auckland, New Zealand; Group I Asia/Oceania First round play-off; Hard surface
Defeat 13. II Singles South Korea South Korea Kwon Soon-woo 2–6, 2–6, 6–7(1–7)
Victory 14. V Singles Hong Seong-chan 6–3, 3–6, 4–6, 6–2, 6–3

Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Current till 2017 US Open.

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 SR W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A A 3R 3R 1R 2R 0 / 4 5–4
French Open A A A A 1R 1R 1R W 1 / 4 6–3
Wimbledon A A A A 1R 3R 3R QF 0 / 4 7–4
US Open A A A A 3R 2R 2R 1R 0 / 4 4–4
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 4–4 5–4 3–4 10–2 1 / 16 22–15
ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Indian Wells Masters A A A A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Miami Open A A A A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Monte Carlo Masters A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Madrid Open A A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Italian Open A A A A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Rogers Cup A A A A A A A 1R 0 / 1 0–1
Western & Southern Open A A A A A A A SF 0 / 1 3–1
Shanghai Masters A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Paris Masters A A A A A A A 0 / 0 0–0
Win–Loss 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–5 0 / 5 3–5
National representation
Summer Olympics Not Held A Not Held 1R NH 0 / 1 0–1
Davis Cup Z2 Z1 Z1 Z2 Z1 Z1 Z1 Z1 0 / 0 4–5
Win–Loss 0–2 0–1 0–2 0–0 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 0 / 1 4–6
Career statistics
Titles / Finals 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 0 / 0 1 / 3 4 / 9 2 / 2 7 / 14
Overall Win–Loss 0–2 0–1 2–3 0–1 9–14 22–19 41–18 23–22 97–80
Year-end ranking 628 548 288 127 62 44 32 55%

Mixed Doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2014 2015 2016 2017 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open A A A 1R 0–1
French Open A A A 2R 1–1
Wimbledon 1R 3R 1R 3R 4–4
US Open A A A F 4–1
Win–Loss 0–1 2–1 0–1 7–4 9–7

References[edit]

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

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