CHAMPIONS: American Ryan Harrison and Kiwi Michael Venus celebrate winning the French Open men's doubles title.
CHAMPIONS: American Ryan Harrison and Kiwi Michael Venus celebrate winning the French Open men's doubles title. Michel Euler

Kiwi Venus rises to win French Open title

AUCKLANDER Michael Venus has broken a near 40-year drought Kiwi tennis drought.

The 191cm Venus combined with American Ryan Harrison to win the French Open doubles title in a 7-6 6-7 6-3 victory over American Donald Young and Mexican Santiago Gonzalez.

Triumph in the closely fought contest makes Venus the first Kiwi grand slam winner since Judy Chaloner who won the 1979 Australian Open women's doubles crown.

The last male Kiwi to win a title was Onny Parun, alongside Aussie Dick Crealy, also at the French Open in 1974.

After claiming his seventh tour title, his second alongside good friend Harrison, Venus can expect a good world ranking boost and will pocket half of the $800,000 winner's cheque.

Neither of the side's gave away a service game in the opening two sets of the game before Harrison calmly served out the match in the third set to win the title.

News Corp Australia


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