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Venus ready for French Open doubles semi

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/06/2017

New Zealand's Michael Venus hopes the occasion won't get to him when he contests the biggest match of his doubles career at the French Open.

Venus and American partner Ryan Harrison will contest their semi-final against Colombian 16th seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farrah on a show court at Roland Garros on Friday.

Court Suzanne Lenglen, which seats 10,000 spectators, differs from any venue Venus has experienced.

"It's going to be something quite new obviously I have never played on a court that size before," he said.

"I am just thankful for the opportunity and it's definitely going to be an awesome atmosphere. It's the big stage but at the end of the day we just have to focus on ourselves and what we can control."

Venus and Harrison have endured a two-day break since the quarter-finals - when they were pushed to three sets for the fourth time in four matches.

If successful, the Auckland 29-year-old will remain on track to become the first Kiwi to win a French Open title since Onny Parun teamed with Australian Dick Cleary in the 1974 doubles.

Already through to the final are Mexican Santiago Gonzalez and American Donald Young.

Venus is likely to be ranked among the world's top-30 doubles players for the first time, regardless the result of his semi-final.

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