Otago Daily Times

Venus to play in World Tour Fi­nals af­ter quar­an­tine is­sue sorted


- Sports · Tennis · New Zealand · Association of Tennis Professionals · London · Paris · United Kingdom · Greater Auckland · ATP World Tour Finals

AUCK­LAND: New Zealand ten­nis player Michael Venus will play in next week’s ATP World Tour Fi­nals in London af­ter re­solv­ing a quar­an­tine is­sue.

The 33­year­old dou­bles player and his Aus­tralian part­ner John Peers last week qual­i­fied sixth in the race to London when they reached the quar­ter­fi­nals at the Paris Masters.

Their par­tic­i­pa­tion had been in doubt due to Venus hav­ing a quar­an­tine voucher in New Zealand for this week, mean­ing he would have to have left from London yes­ter­day morn­ing (NZ time).

He had ap­plied to have his man­aged iso­la­tion changed un­til af­ter the tour­na­ment fin­ishes on Novem­ber 22, but his re­quest was turned down.

Venus was ini­tially told the ear­li­est he would be able to re­turn to New Zealand was De­cem­ber 20 and each day that re­turn date was pushed out.

He feared not play­ing the ATP Fi­nals would jeop­ar­dise his chances of qual­i­fy­ing for the Olympics due to a rank­ing points loss that would re­sult in him slip­ping from No 8 in the world to out­side the top 20.

Top 10­ranked play­ers are guar­an­teed spots in the Olympics draw.

How­ever, the Gov­ern­ment has made an ex­tra 100 places a day in quar­an­tine avail­able be­fore Christ­mas from De­cem­ber 13 and Venus has se­cured a spot on that day.

While he will still try to keep chang­ing to an ear­lier date, he is com­mit­ted to try­ing to win the World Tour Fi­nals with Peers, a tour­na­ment he will be play­ing in for the fourth straight year.

Venus will face three weeks in London af­ter the tour­na­ment and will be un­able to train due to the lock­down in the UK and then a fur­ther two weeks in quar­an­tine in New Zealand.

It will mean he will not be able to pre­pare prop­erly for the Aus­tralian Open, which is sched­uled for the end of Jan­uary.

He is con­sid­er­ing try­ing to go to an­other European coun­try, so he can train af­ter the event in London. — RNZ

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