He's been waiting patiently in Paris for a week and now Michael Venus will finally take to the court in earnest to begin his French Open doubles campaign.

The defending champion Kiwi and his South African partner Raven Klaasen are first in action on court 4 from 9pm tonight. They open their campaign against the French wildcard pair of Corentin Denolly and Alexandre Muller.

Fellow Kiwi Artem Sitak is also underway on day three in Paris. Sitak and his Dutch partner Wesley Koolhof will face Germany's Andre Begemann and Croatian Antonio Sancic in the final match of the day on court 12.

Venus and Chan Hao-Ching are the 6th seeds for the Mixed doubles at Roland Garros and they have been drawn against the Dutch pair of Matwe Middlekoop and Demi Schuurs in the first round.


Meanwhile Erin Routliffe has qualified for the main draw in the singles at the ITF Futures tournament in Hua Hin in Thailand.

The 23-year-old has beaten Thailand's Tamachan Momkoonthod 6-4, 6-0 in the final round of qualifying.

She will face fifth seeded American Jacqueline Cako who has a WTA ranking of 277.

Routliffe and her Mexican partner Victoria Rodriguez are the top seeds in the doubles and are through to the second round after a 6-4 6-2 win over a Thai/American pair.