Cape Town - South African doubles star Raven Klaasen started his 2017 tennis
season on a winning note with a new doubles partner, Michael Venus from New
Klaasen partnered American Rajeev Ram for the past few seasons, but has
started 2017 alongside Venus.
Venus and Klaasen had previously played together when they won a futures
tournament in Uzbekistan earlier this decade.
Venus and Klaasen, the second seeds at the ASB Classic in Auckland, defeated
New Zealander Artem Sitak and Dutch partner Wesley Koolhof 6-1, 6-7 (2/7), 10-7
Venus and Klaasen will next meet Poland's Marcin Matkowski and Pakistan's
Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, the defending champions who needed two hours to down
Indian pairing Leander Paes and Purav Raja 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (10/8), 10-7.
The 35-year-old Klaasen, who boasts 13 ATP doubles titles, is currently
ranked at No 25 in the world in doubles.