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NZ doubles pair bound for Rio

NZN 1/07/2016

Tennis players Michael Venus and Marcus Daniell will compete at the Rio Olympics after their selection in the men's doubles.

The pair were named in the provisional entry list by the International Tennis Federation and their spots were confirmed by the New Zealand Olympic Committee on Friday.

"It's great for the players and for tennis in New Zealand to be represented at the Rio Olympics," said Tennis New Zealand CEO, Steve John.

The pair met the qualifying standards by being the country's highest-ranked players on June 6.

The are on list of 32 combinations for the men's doubles from 25 countries which include Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka for Switzerland, the Andy and Jamie Murray for Great Britain and Serbian pair Novak Djokovic and Nenad Zimonjic.

The New Zealanders have partnered each other in the Davis Cup but usually have different partners on the pro circuit.

Venus, 28, has won four ATP doubles titles this year with Croatian Mate Pavic and the pair are 16th seeds at Wimbledon.

They are into the second round while 26-year-old Daniell and his American partner Bran Baker were knocked out in the first round.

The provisional singles list does not include Marina Erakovic who has reached the third round at Wimbledon after beating former world No.1 Jelena Jankovic in three sets.

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