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Monday MVP: Michael Venus

May 8, 2017

Our selection for Mylan WTT Family MVP this week is Orange County Breakers rookie Michael Venus, who captured his first doubles title of the season.

Teaming up with 2016 Mylan WTT Male MVP Ryan Harrison at the Millennium Estoril Open, Venus picked up his sixth career trophy and second on clay. After saving three match points in their semifinal victory, Venus and Harrison defeated David Marrero and Tommy Robredo 7-5, 6-2 to take the championship match for their first team title. Harrison was celebrating his 25th birthday. 

“To be able to do something at this level together is really cool,” Venus said on the ATP’s website. “It’s something I’ll remember forever.” 

In Munich, Guido Pella (New York Empire) came through the qualifying rounds before marching through to his second ATP-level final. Standout wins included knocking off Top 30 player Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-2 in the second round and a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 semifinal win over Hyeon Chung. Pella ultimately succumbed to rising German Alexander Zverev, 6-4, 6-3. Last year’s Mylan WTT Male Rookie of the Year Fabrice Martin (Philadelphia Freedoms) reached his third final of 2017 after a successful campaign in Munich with countryman Jeremy Chardy.

On the ATP Challenger Tour, Teymuraz Gabashvili (Breakers) advanced to the Gimcheon Challenger final in South Korea for his best result of the year. Gabashvili, the 2015 Mylan WTT Male MVP, swept aside the likes of Go Soeda and Vasek Pospisil en route to the title match.

Washington Kastles standout Madison Brengle won her second successive USTA Challenger with her triumph in Charleston. Brengle topped Danielle Rose Collins 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 to secure the crown. As a result of her win, Brengle moved up 10 spots in the WTA Singles Rankings to No. 81.

Photo: Millennium Estoril Open

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