New Zealand’s Michael Venus and South-African Raven Klaasen are set to team up in 2018. Venus, 30, won’t be continuing his collaboration with USA’s Ryan Harrison. The duo won the Millennium Estoril Open in their second tournament of the season this past May.
The pair then went on to shockingly claim the French Open men’s doubles title. Klaasen is also splitting with American Rajeev Ram. The duo won it all at Delray Beach and Indian Wells this past season. Venus and Harrison played at the recently held Nitto ATP Finals — where they lost in the semi-finals.
Klaasen and Ram appeared in one match at The O2 Arena as alternates. Doubles specialist Klaasen has 13 ATP titles to his name, while Venus is a seven-time champion. “From the beginning, it was never really going to be a long-term thing with Ryan,” Venus said.
“Ryan was helping me out until I could find a consistent partner, we had some great success early on and that’s why we continued for the rest of the year. “We’ve played against each other numerous times, so we know each others game, we actually played together many years ago and won a Futures event, so I think we match up well.” Venus and Klaasen are expected to open their season at the men’s ASB Classic in Auckland just a week before the Australian Open.
Source: Tennis World Magazine