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 27)
Auckland, New Zealand[1]
Height 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m)
Turned pro 2006
Plays Right-handed
Prize money $275,376
Career record 9–10
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 274 (25 July 2011)
Current ranking No. 474 (25 May 2015)
Grand Slam Singles results
US Open Q2 (2009)
Career record 21–28
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 54 (25 May 2015)
Current ranking No. 54 (25 May 2015)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2014, 2015)
French Open 1R (2014, 2015)
Wimbledon 3R (2015)
US Open 3R (2014)
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Wimbledon 3R (2015)
Last updated on: 24 May 2015.

Michael Venus (born 16 October 1987) is a New Zealand Tennis player. He reached a career high ranking of 274 in July 2011. 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 transferred to Louisiana State University from the University of Texas after his freshman year and had to sit out the 2006-2007 season under NCAA guidelines. In his very first year at Louisiana State University, Venus became the first LSU player to win the ITA Men’s All-American Championship at the national tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma in January of 2008. He is also 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]

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 career finals[edit]

Doubles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 Series (0–0)
ATP World Tour 250 Series (1–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (1–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponent Score
Winner 1. 23 May 2015 Open de Nice Côte d'Azur, Nice, France Clay Croatia Mate Pavić Netherlands Jean-Julien Rojer
Romania Horia Tecău
7–6(7–4), 2–6, [10–7]
Runner-up 1. 26 July 2015 Claro Open Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia Hard Croatia Mate Pavić France Édouard Roger-Vasselin
Czech Republic Radek Štepánek
5–7, 3–6

Challenger/ITF Tour Finals[edit]

Singles (3–4)[edit]

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 2. 19 July 2009 Peoria, USA Clay Canada Vasek Pospisil 6–7(4–7), 6–4, 6–4
Winner 3. 13 June 2010 Loomis, USA Hard Bulgaria Dimitar Kutrovsky 7–6(7–4), 1–6, 6–3
Runner–up 4. 21 August 2010 Qarshi, Uzbekistan Hard Slovenia Blaž Kavčič 6–7(6–8), 6–7(5–7)
Runner–up 5. 23 May 2011 Andijan, Uzbekistan Hard Finland Harri Heliövaara 4-6, 4-6
Runner–up 6. 14 November 2011 Traralgon, Australia Hard Australia Benjamin Mitchell 6–7(3-7), 7-6(7-2), 0-6
Winner 7. 14 October 2012 Margaret River, Australia Hard Australia Adam Feeney 6–3, 3–6, 6–3

Doubles (12–8)[edit]

ATP Challenger Tour (8–7)
ITF Futures (4–1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partnering Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner–up 1. 27 April 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. 9 September 2012 Australia Alice Springs F6 Hard Australia Samuel Groth Australia Adam Feeney
Australia Nick Lindahl
6–4, 2–6, [8–10]
Winner 3. 28 October 2012 Australia Traralgon F11 Clay New Zealand Jose Statham Australia Matthew Barton
Australia Michael Look
3–6, 6–3, [11–9]
Winner 4. 2 December 2012 Indonesia Jakarta F3 Hard Germany Tim Puetz Australia Brydan Klein
Australia Dane Propoggia
7–5, 6–3
Winner 5. 24 March 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. 2 June 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. 9 June 2013 Germany Fürth Clay United States Christian Harrison Australia Colin Ebelthite
Australia Rameez Junaid
4–6, 5–7
Winner 8. 7 July 2013 United States Winnetka Hard India Yuki Bhambri India Somdev Devvarman
United States Jack Sock
2–6, 6–2, [10–8]
Winner 9. 21 July 2013 United States Binghampton Hard United States Bradley Klahn Australia Adam Feeney
Australia John-Patrick Smith
6–3, 6–4
Runner–up 10. 28 July 2013 United States Lexington Hard United States Bradley Klahn Canada Frank Dancevic
Canada Peter Polansky
3–6, 5–7
Winner 11. 17 November 2013 Japan Yokohama Hard United States Bradley Klahn Thailand Sanchai Ratiwatana
Thailand Sonchat Ratiwatana
7–5, 6–1
Winner 12. 8 February 2014 India Chennai Hard India Yuki Bhambri India N. Sriram Balaji
Slovenia Blaž Rola
7–6(7–5), 6–4
Runner–up 13. 9 March 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. 16 March 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. 6 April 2014 Guadeloupe Guadeloupe Hard Germany Gero Kretschmer Poland Tomasz Bednarek
Canada Adil Shamasdin
5–7, 7–6(7–5), [8–10]
Winner 16. 27 April 2014 United States Savannah Clay (Green) Serbia Ilija Bozoljac Argentina Facundo Bagnis
Russia Alex Bogomolov, Jr.
7–5, 6–2
Winner 17. 15 June 2014 United Kingdom Nottingham Grass Australia Rameez Junaid Belgium Ruben Bemelmans
Japan Go Soeda
4–6, 7–6(7–1), [10–6]
Winner 18. 4 April 2015 Israel Ra'anana Hard Croatia Mate Pavić Australia Rameez Junaid
Canada Adil Shamasdin
6–1, 6–4
Runner–up 19. 12 April 2015 Turkey Batman Hard Croatia Mate Pavić Russia Aslan Karatsev
Belarus Yaraslav Shyla
6–7(4–7), 6–4, [5–10]
Winner 20. 19 April 2015 Turkey Mersin Clay Croatia Mate Pavić Italy Riccardo Ghedin
India Ramkumar Ramanathan
5–7, 6–3, [10–4]

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; 9–11 July 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; 17–19 September 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; 4–6 March 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; 8–10 July 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. 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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