Former world number 274 Michael Venus (NZL) will travel to Perth next week to compete at the SGS WA Open Platinum AMT from 23-27 September at the State Tennis Centre, Burswood.
Venus will join a host of WA talent all vying for the title and $10,000 prize pool, including number 3 seed Zach Itzstein who recently won the Winter AMT on home soil at the State Tennis Centre. WA locals Vuk Velickovic, Kayne Ryan and Jack Lyttle are also among those named in the Main Draw.
WA will also have its share of talent in the qualifying draw, with Spring AMT Champion Dominic Bechard, Tyler Tranquille and Scott Webster just 3 of the 34 qualifiers looking to advance to the main draw.
Venus represented the US in international university events and was once listed as an American on the ATP website but says there are no doubts to where his allegiances lie.
“I’m much more of a Kiwi than an American and there is a lot more opportunity for me there.”
Venus attended high school in Florida, then went to the University of Texas and Louisiana State. Matches there would regularly draw crowds of 300-400 and Venus made several All-American selections. However he switched nationality in June 2010 and began playing in the New Zealand Davis Cup Team.
Tennis West are thrilled to have Olivia Rogowska head lining at the SGS WA Open Platinum AMT from 23rd -27th September. The event is being held at The State Tennis Centre, Burswood.
Currently ranked at 119, and as the No 1 seed of this event Olivia will playing against the likes of Alexandra Stevenson (USA) Gabrielle Ce & Ana Clara Duarte ( Brazil) and local WA girls Storm Sanders, Astra Sharma, Marisa Gianotti, to name but a few.
With two Pro Tour titles already under her belt this year (Burnie and Rockhampton) Olivia will be looking to add another before venturing onto The Cliffs Esperance Tennis International and The Margaret River Tennis International.
The SGS WA Open Platinum AMT is a FREE event for the public to attend, commencing 23 September and finishing on the27 September at the State Tennis Centre, Burswood.
This year Tennis West has welcomed SGS as the major sponsor of the WA Open Platinum AMT.
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Founded in 1878, SGS operates in more than 150 countries, with a network of more than 1300 offices and laboratories, employing 70,000 employees.
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