There’s been some success for Kiwi men’s tennis in doubles this week with several players earning ranking points in various pro tournaments around the world.
At the US$15,000 Futures in Kassel, Germany, Rubin Statham (below) and Australian Adam Hubble have made the doubles semi-finals and will now take on Marek Michalick (Czech Republic) and Maciej Smola (Poland) for a place in the final.
On grass at the US$10,000 Futures in Manchester the Kiwi pair of Marvin Barker and Marcus Daniell progressed to the semis of the doubles before going down to Brits Josh Goodall and Marcus Willis.
Barker and Daniell as well as Ben McLachlan all stay in England for the next Futures Tournament in Ilkley.
Meanwhile, in the United States, Dan King-Turner reached the second round of the qualifying this week in Winnetka before going down to John-Patrick Smith (USA) 2-6 3-6.
Kiwi Michael Venus (below) is playing his first professional tournament this week after recovering from injury which has ruled him out for the past three months. Venus played in the US$10,000 Men’s Futures Event in Pittsburgh, New York facing Ruben Gonzales of Philippines in the opening round. The first set went to a tiebreak, with Gonzales winning 7-3 and went on to win the second set comfortably.
Venus heads to Rochester, New York this coming week to compete in another Futures event.
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