Former Tiger Michael Venus to Compete in Olympics

July 1, 2016

AUCKLAND – The New Zealand Olympic Committee announced Friday that former LSU tennis player Michael Venus was selected to compete with Marcus Daniell in doubles for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. 

Venus and Daniell qualified by being the highest ranked New Zealand players, becoming the second doubles pair to compete for New Zealand in the Olympics.

The former All-American and SEC Player of the Year has won 4 ATP doubles titles this year with partner Mate Pavic of Croatia.

Venus is currently competing at Wimbledon’s All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. He and Pavic are the 16th seed. The duo opened up the first round of doubles play with a 7-6(3), 6-3 victory against Chris Guccione of Australia and André Sá of Brazil.

This marks the second time in two years that Venus has reached the second round of doubles at Wimbledon.

Former Tigers Ken and Neal Skupski are also scheduled to play in the first round of the gentlemen’s doubles draw at Wimbledon.

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