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Venus wins French Open doubles title

June 12, 2017

New Zealand tennis player Michael Venus and his American partner Ryan Harrison have won the French Open men’s doubles title.

The pair completed a hard fought victory over Mexican Santiago Gonzalez and American Donald Young 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-3.

Venus and Harrison have only played together as a team since the start of the clay court season, winning the ATP title in Portugal before the French Open.

The win will see Venus’ ranking of 39th climb as high as 15th in the doubles rankings, he will also get a share of the $850,000 prize money.

Venus said the pair have been good friends for many years which makes the win more special.

Judy Chaloner was the last New Zealander to win a Grand Slam when she won the doubles at the Australian Open in 1979.

The only other New Zealand man to win a Grand Slam doubles title in the Open era is Onny Parun, who teamed with Australian Dick Crealy to win the French Open in 1974.

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