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

One day after Michael Venus did not qualify for the doubles semi-finals at the ATP final in London, he is on his way home.

The kiwi tennis player has avoided jeopardizing his preparation for the Australian Open by playing until April 12. Stranded December in London.

The 33-year-old originally booked a managed isolation voucher for earlier this month after the Paris Masters. After he and his Australian partner John Peers qualified for the season-end championship, Venus tried to change the voucher so that he could compete in London.

But the government didn’t allow swaps or exemptions, and Venus reluctantly reached for one of the additional coupons that were available for Jan. 13 three weeks after the tournament ended. December were made available.

That meant the prospect of being unable to train for five weeks due to the London suspension and dealing with the isolation at home, which severely affected his preparation for the new season from January.

However, Venus spent hours each day on the New Zealand government website to freshen up in case coupons showed up to allow him to leave earlier and found one.

« One is on 23. showed up so I managed that and got a flight, « said Venus.

« Some flights are canceled from time to time and people’s travel routes change. So I was there five hours a day and kept clicking « update » all the time. You’re only up there a couple of days and I’m just grateful that I caught one. « 

Venus is relieved that he can see his family separated from his pregnant wife Sally and his two-year-old daughter Lila earlier. August traveled to the US to continue the Covid hit season.

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

Venus was determined to play in London to increase his chances of finishing in the top 10 and to secure a spot in the Tokyo Olympics.

« It was a very unusual week, not my typical prep week, but we still went out and played good tennis. It would have been good to finish the final there and play. But it shouldn’t be. « 

It was a successful first year together for Venus and Peers, who finished sixth as a team in 2020. Venus predicted that they would end the year 13th or 14th in the individual ATP double ranking.

You won the ATP 500 title in Dubai and Hamburg and an ATP 250 title in Antwerp.

« We usually have six weeks off in the off-season, but to take a longer break in the middle of the year, you don’t know how things will play out when you’re back out there. It’s really pleasing to win ahead of Covid in Dubai and to get things rolling when we got back. I am very happy with where my game is. « 

Venus doesn’t know when he’ll be playing the ATP calendar again, which hasn’t been completed before the Australian Open in January, but says he should know more in the next week.

« I think when you see how the end of this year went, the tournaments will go on and we will have a calendar – it’s just a matter of where and in what weeks and filling in those spots, so it is just a matter of being ready as soon as January rolls around. « 

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

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