EbeneInfo – GB – Tennis: silver lining for the release of the ATP final for Michael Venus – NZ Herald


Michael Venus from New Zealand, left, celebrates a winning point with John Peers from Australia Photo / AP

A day after failing to qualify for the semi-finals of the ATP final in London, Michael Venus is on his way home

The Kiwi tennis player avoided compromising his preparation for the Australian Open by finding himself stranded in London until December 12

The 33-year-old originally had a managed isolation voucher booked earlier this month after the Paris Masters but after he and his Aussie partner John Peers qualified for the end-of-season championship , Venus tried to change the voucher to allow her to compete in London

But the government didn’t allow trades or make exemptions, and Venus reluctantly grabbed one of the extra vouchers made available for December 13, three weeks after the tournament ended.

This meant the possibility of not being able to train for five weeks due to the London lockdown and the isolation managed at home, severely disrupting his preparation for the new season from January

However, Venus spent hours on the New Zealand government website each day refreshing herself in case any vouchers got her to leave early, and found one

« One showed up for the 23rd, so I managed to get it and took a flight, » Venus said

« Some flights are canceled from time to time and people’s routes change So I went there five hours a day and I hit the refresh pretty constantly They’re only up there for a few days and I’m just thankful that I was able to grab one « 

Venus is relieved to be able to see her family sooner after being estranged from pregnant wife Sally and two-year-old daughter Lila since leaving for the United States on August 12 to resume the successful Covid season

« It’s great that we have all the facilities and the training (coach Will Ward is in Auckland) to prepare for next season, » Venus said

Venus was determined to play in London to increase her chances of making the top 10 to secure a spot at the Tokyo Olympics

« It was a very unusual week, not my typical week in terms of preparation, but we still went there and played some good tennis It would have been nice to finish and play the final there But it wasn’t meant to be « 

It was a successful first year for Venus and her peers who finished 2020 in sixth place as a team, with Venus set to finish the year either 13th or 14th in the individual double ATP standings

They won ATP 500 titles in Dubai and Hamburg as well as an ATP 250 title in Antwerp

« We normally have six weeks off in the offseason, but to have an extended break in the middle of the year you don’t know how things will be when you come back. So being able to win in Dubai before Covid and shake things up when we get back is really nice. I am really happy with the situation of my game « 

Venus doesn’t know when he will play again with the not yet finalized ATP schedule ahead of the Australian Open in January, but says he should find out more next week

« I think seeing how the end of this year went, the tournaments will play out and we’ll have a timeline – it’s just a matter of where and what weeks and filling those spots, so it’s just a matter of being ready once january arrives « 

Bruno Soares, Tennis, Mate Pavić, Nitto ATP Finals, Michael Venus, ATP Tour, John Peers, Jamie Murray, Association of Tennis Professionals, New Zealand

EbeneInfo – GB – Tennis: the silver lining at the exit of the ATP finals for Michael Venus – NZ Herald

Source: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/tennis-silver-lining-to-atp-finals-exit-for-michael-venus/ITFA2NNXGSOX7KJWKQADMQ7FEE/

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