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Venus jumps up ATP doubles rankings

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/05/2017

Kiwi tennis player Michael Venus has used his victory in an ATP doubles tournament in Portugal to jump to No.36 in the world doubles rankings. © Dave Rowland/Getty Images Sport Kiwi tennis player Michael Venus has used his victory in an ATP doubles tournament in Portugal to jump to No.36 in the world doubles rankings. Kiwi tennis player Michael Venus has used his victory in an ATP doubles tournament in Portugal to jump to No.36 in the world doubles rankings.

Venus and American playing partner Ryan Harrison cruised to victory in the clay-court Estoril Open on Monday morning (NZT) with a 7-5, 6-2 win over experienced Spaniards David Marrero and Tommy Robredo.

It was the 29-year-old's sixth ATP doubles title.

He has since risen five spots in the ATP rankings to No.36, while partner Harrison moved up 108 spots to No.137.

Venus has since gone on to partner Australian John Patrick Smith in the Aix en Provence Challenger in France, where he can continue his rise up the ladder.

In the same French tournament, compatriot Marcus Daniell and partner Marcelo Demoliner have already emerged unscathed from the first round and will now play another Kiwi in Artem Sitak and Mexican Santiago Gonzalez.

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