24 hours after his stunning French Open doubles triumph Mike Venus is still mulling over some big decisions as he turns his attention to the second half of the tennis season.

I catch up with Venus and his partner Sally Trafford at a café near the hotel they have just checked into close by the stadium.

After extending their stay at the Air B&B they had resided in throughout the tournament four times, they finally moved after celebrating Venus's success into the early hours with doubles partner Ryan Harrison and Mike's mum Lynne.

After winning a life changing $450,000 dollars Venus could have checked into the Ritz for his last night in Paris.


But knowing the grounded guy that he is, Venus for the modest three star Boulogne Residence Hotel where rates start at 115 Euros per night.

Venus has some pretty big decisions to make over the coming days, but first some sightseeing around Paris, including a trip up the Eiffel Tower and plenty of pastries are on the agenda, and not least a handful of interviews with media at home as recognition of his achievement grows.

His achievement hasn't quite sunk in and won't for a while Venus thinks.

"Very slowly, Ryan sent me a few messages back and forth, saying hey we are Grand Slam champions, and it all sounds very weird to say. But all the messages we have had from back home from people I haven't heard from for a long time to people I hear from every weeks, the good and bad weeks to help me get where I am today. There has been a lot of support and I am really thankful for it."

Social media chatter has been full of talk that the 29-year-old Aucklander should be a finalist for the Halberg Awards and it flatters him.

"It's a little unreal, and just to be heard that people think I should be nominated is unbelievable." He said.

Venus will head to the Netherlands tomorrow to defend the ATP grass court title he won last year with Mate Pavic in S-Hertgotenbosch. The points he won last year have already come off, so there is less pressure on him to defend. He is playing with Brazilian Andre Sa and is scheduled to play the grass court season through to Wimbledon with the 40-year old veteran.

However while Venus will honour his commitment in the Netherlands, all future plans are on hold. Venus and Harrison will climb to 5th in the ATP doubles race to the year-end championships in London when the rankings come out later today. There the top eight teams throughout the year compete in a round robin format before the semis and finals. To get in they will have to play the big Masters 1000 tournaments and Grand Slams and perform well enough to stay in the top eight.

Harrison had previously indicated he wouldn't play Wimbledon due to the fact singles is his priority and doubles is played over best of five sets at the All England Club.

However due to their unexpected success in Paris, the American is now reconsidering that decision.

"This week I will have to sit down with Ryan and discuss his schedule to see if it can work and that will be a conversation with him later in the week after he's had a couple of days off too." Venus said.

The Kiwi will climb 24 places to 15 when the Emirates ATP rankings come out later today.

It will enable Venus to enter the bigger tournaments providing he plays with a high enough ranked partner. The problem he has is Andre SA is only ranked 64 and has a lot of points to defend at Queens in a couple of weeks.

The only points Venus has to defend during the grass court season is at Wimbledon where he reached the third round last year. Assuming he can make a quick adjustment from the red clay to grass Venus should be able to at least maintain his new career high ranking on his favourite surface.

After Wimbledon he will turn his attention to the big hard court Masters 1000 tournaments in Montreal and Cincinnati in the lea up to the US Open.

"They are the tournaments you want to be in week and week out playing with these top guys. The added benefit is I can really plan my schedule now for the rest of the year, it won't be last minute, and oh I can jump on a plane and get there. Now I can put some time and effort to make sure I can prepare right and be ready for them."

But that's in the future for the next 24 hours it's about unwinding in Paris before making those tough decisions about the next phase of his career.

Matt Brown is at the French Open thanks to Emirates Airline