The ATP has confirmed that South African doubles ace Raven Klaasen and his New Zealand partner Michael Venus, have become the final team to qualify for the 2018 Nitto ATP Doubles Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 11-18 November.
Klaasen and Venus will make their team debuts at the Nitto ATP Finals in their first season as a pair. The South African/Kiwi tandem have won one title at the Open 13 Provence in Marseille (d. Daniell/Inglot) and also finished runner-up at four other tournaments. During the grass swing, they were runners-up at the Libema Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (l. to Inglot/Skugor), followed by Wimbledon (l. to M. Bryan/Sock).
They continued their success on hard courts with a run to the final at the Rogers Cup, an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Toronto (l. to Kontinen/Peers), and at the 500-level Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships 2018 in Tokyo (l. to McLachlan/Struff).
Klaasen will be making his third appearance at the Nitto ATP Finals. The 36-year-old South African reached the championship match with American Rajeev Ram on his tournament debut in 2016 (l. to Kontinen/Peers), and stepped in to play a round-robin match as alternates last year. Venus, 30, qualifies for a second straight year. The New Zealand native won all three round-robin matches alongside Ryan Harrison in 2017.