New career ranking highs for Kiwi tennis players

By Dave Worsley

New Zealand Davis Cup tennis player, Michael Venus has reached a career-high doubles ranking on the ATP tour confirmed this afternoon.

After reaching the final of the Metz ATP tournament in France with Mate Pavic (Croatia) in what was their seventh final of the year (four titles, three runners-up finishes) Venus has seen his ranking improve four places to the best of his career, 37 in the world.

Venus and Pavic are the third seeds at the Shenzhen tournament in China this week where they face a Chinese wildcard team in the first round.

Also moving to his best ranking is Marcus Daniell who has risen to a career-high 53.

Daniell will this week play at the big Orleans Challenger in France teaming with Brazilian Marcelo Demoliner where they are the top seeds.

Artem Sitak remains at 61 in the rankings and will play in Chengdu, China with American Nicholas Monroe (USA).

Another player making a significant improvement in his doubles ranking is Queentowns Ben McLachlan, 24 who has risen to 251, not far behind his career high 242.

McLachlan has been playing Challenger tournaments in the United States and this week is in the doubles main draw of the US$100,000 Tiburon Challenger in California where he is teaming with American Mackenzie McDonald.

The top New Zealand singles player on rankings is Finn Tearney who is playing in Futures events in Australia and is currently at 387 while Rubin Statham is 482.

- This story has been automatically published using a media release from New Zealand Tennis

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