Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus have qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals for the second consecutive year. They are the third duo to claim a spot at the 2019 season finale, to be held 10-17 November at The O2 in London, joining Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah and Lukasz Kubot/Marcelo Melo in the elite eight-team field.
The South African and Kiwi tandem have won two ATP 500-level titles this season at the Noventi Open in Halle (d. Kubot/Melo) and at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. (d. Rojer/Tecau). The pair also reached the finals of the ASB Classic in Auckland (l. to McLachlan/Struff) and the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome (l. to Cabal/Farah).
Last year at the season finale, which has been held at The O2 since 2009, Klaasen and Venus went 1-2 in round-robin play. Klaasen previously qualified with Rajeev Ram on two occasions (2016-17), highlighted by a run to the 2017 final (l. to Kontinen/Peers). Venus teamed up with good friend Ryan Harrison on his debut in 2017.
Klaasen and Venus clinched their spot Thursday night when Marcus Daniell and Philipp Oswald edged Nitto ATP Finals hopefuls Henri Kontinen and John Peers 7-6(2), 7-6(5) in the Erste Bank Open quarter-finals. Kontinen and Peers, who won the season finale in 2016-17, are looking to return to The O2 for a fourth straight year and are currently eighth in the ATP Doubles Race To London.
Credit: ATP Tour