Venus on rise to ATP Fi­nals

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Kiwi ten­nis dou­bles spe­cial­ist Michael Venus has been thrust into the open­ing game of the tour­na­ment at the lu­cra­tive ATP Fi­nals in Lon­don. Eighth-seeded Venus and Amer­i­can Ryan Har­ri­son will face sec­ond seeds Henri Kon­ti­nen (Fin­land) and John Peers (Aus­tralia) in their first group match at the sea­son-end­ing event to­mor­row morn­ing (NZT). Both com­bi­na­tions have won grand slam ti­tles this year. Kon­ti­nen and Peers won the Aus­tralian Open while Venus and Har­ri­son com­bined to win the French Open in Paris in June. That re­sult gave their rank­ings suf­fi­cient boost to qual­ify for the last spot at the tour­na­ment fea­tur­ing the eight lead­ing pair­ings of 2017. Venus is the sec­ond Kiwi to con­test the World Tour dou­bles fi­nals. Brett Steven com­bined with Amer­i­can Tommy Ho in 1995.

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