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Michael Venus (tennis)

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Michael Venus

Turned pro

Career titles

85 kg

Career record

1.91 m

Prize money

Tennis player


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Country (sports)
United States (2002 – 2010) New Zealand (2010 – )

Orlando, FL, United States

16 October 1987 (age 36) Auckland, New Zealand (

University of Texas at Austin

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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. His highest ranking in this discipline is 12, gained in July 2017. 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.


Michael Venus (tennis) Australian Open doubles wildcards crowned 24 November

Early years

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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. 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

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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.


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


Michael Venus (tennis) Michael Venus Pictures 2011 ASB Classic and Heineken

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


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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. He reached his career year-end high of 587.


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. He advanced to 328 at year-end.

Davis Cup (27)

  • indicates the outcome of the Davis Cup match followed by the score, date, place of event, the zonal classification and its phase, and the court surface.
  • Doubles performance timeline

    Current till 2017 US Open.


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