Birthday Boy Harrison And Venus Win Estoril Doubles Title
Harrison/Venus take first ATP World Tour doubles title as a team
“Michael has been part of my family for a long time. I’ve known him since I was 11 years old and he’s like a brother. I got married last month and he was my groomsman,” said Harrison. “We’ve played doubles together, but not at the tour level, so to win with one of your best friends in the world is special.”
Both teams traded early service holds, but the American-Kiwi duo grabbed the crucial break up 6-5 to take the opening set. They broke Marrero/Robredo twice in the second set to seal the title in 59 minutes.
“To be able to do something at this level together is really cool,” said Venus. “It’s something I’ll remember forever.”
Harrison/Venus had lost in the opening round in both their previous tournaments together, including last week in Budapest. They saved three match points in their semi-final victory over Ariel Behar and Aliaksandr Bury.
This is Venus’ sixth ATP World Tour doubles title and second on clay, with his maiden crown coming in Nice in May 2015 (w/M. Pavic). Harrison picks up his third ATP World Tour doubles title and first on clay. He last won a doubles title in Atlanta in July 2012 (w/Ebden). They will receive 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points and split €26,110.
Marrero drops to 13-16 in ATP World Tour doubles finals and Robredo falls to 5-6. Both men were seeking their first ATP World Tour doubles title of the season. The Spanish team will receive 150 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points and split €13,730.