Doubles ace Michael Venus had just begun a long flight to his London home when he learnt his fiancée Sally had gone into labour, the Kiwi tennis star revealed.


Having boarded the first available flight after losing a tough quarter-final at the Shanghai Masters, new dad Venus received a text from Sally thanks to the on-board wifi. "Three hours into the flight Sally texted me to say her waters had broke so she was on the way to the hospital and as soon as I landed I took an Uber to the hospital and I guess lucky for me and not for Sally, her labour was 26 hours so I still had plenty of time," Venus said.


A week later the world number 12 had another reason to celebrate. After spending time with his fiancée and newborn daughter Lila Grace, Venus arrived in Basel for an ATP 500 tournament to find out he's qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals in London next month. Venus and his South African partner Raven Klaasen booked their place in the elite eight man field for London when Finn Henri Kontinen and Aussie John Peers lost their first round match this morning in Vienna.


Venus admitted it was an agonising decision to play the Asian swing in Tokyo and Shanghai earlier this month with Sally due on semifinals day in Shanghai. "It was something we spoke about for quite a while and one of those things where you want to be there but at the same time we weren't sure when she was going to come. So it would have been tough to sit at home for four weeks potentially and where we were in the race to London it added another spanner to the decision so I am just glad all things worked out perfectly for us there," Venus said.


Source: www.nzherald.co.nz