Harrison/Venus To Make Nitto ATP Finals Debut
Roland Garros champions Ryan Harrison and Michael Venus will cap off their season at the 2017 Nitto ATP Finals, becoming the fifth team to qualify for the season-ending tournament, to be held from 12-19 November at The O2 in London.
Harrison and Venus are currently No. 7 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Race To London, but claimed the spot reserved for the highest-ranked Grand Slam champion that may finish outside the top seven, but no lower than 20th. The winners of the season’s other three majors – Henri Kontinen/John Peers, Lukasz Kubot/Marcelo Melo and Jean-Julien Rojer/Horia Tecau – have already qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals, along with Jamie Murray/Bruno Soares. Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan qualified later on Friday as well.
Harrison and Venus enjoyed a dream run at Roland Garros, only their fifth tournament together, where they were stretched to three sets in all six of their matches en route to the title. They upset Kubot/Melo, the current No. 1 doubles team, in the second round.
The 25-year-old American and 29-year-old Kiwi duo also teamed up to win the Millennium Estoril Open in early May, Harrison’s fourth doubles crown and first since 2012. Venus has won seven doubles titles.
Two places remain up for grabs at the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held from 12-19 November, with just over three weeks remaining in the regular season. Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut, who have qualified the past two seasons, are sixth in the Emirates ATP Doubles Race To London.