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Venus out to end French Open woes

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/05/2017

Top ranked New Zealand doubles player Michael Venus wants to put a dreadful record at Roland Garros behind him when he makes a fifth appearance at the French Open.

Venus is yet to win a game in three appearances at the clay court grand slam tournament in Paris but senses that can change when he lines up alongside American Ryan Harrison.

The pair will face two singles specialists - Argentina's Diego Schwartzman and American Francis Tiafoe - on Tuesday.

"This is my fourth time here and I don't think I have won a set yet, so we start with the first set of this match and go from there," Venus said.

"You do want to play well so you put some more pressure on yourself and everyone does the same thing."

Despite clay being Venus's least favourite surface, he takes some confidence from the fact he and Harrison won an ATP doubles title on the surface this month in Portugal.

It was a sixth career title for the 29-year-old but his first on clay.

"We don't grow up on clay in New Zealand so we are not as comfortable so it takes us more time to get our footing.

"It was great to get that win in Estoril, but it's a new week and we have to try and play well here."

That result improved Venus's ranking to 36th but he has since slipped three spots.

New Zealand's two other doubles players are scheduled to play first-round matches on Wednesday.

Marcus Daniell and Brazilian partner Marcelo Demoliner face seventh seeds Ivan Dodig (Croatia) and Marcel Granollers (Spain) while Artem Sitak and American Nicholas Monroe have drawn the 12th seeds - Poland's Marcin Matkowski and Frenchman Eduard Roger Vasselin.

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