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Klaasen bags a fourth ATP World Tour doubles title in the US


Led by Raven Klaasen, South African tennis players have made their mark on the global circuit with a tournament win, semi-final berth and doubles final on the ATP World Tour, ATP Challenger and ITF Futures scene last week.

Cape Town-based doubles ace, Raven Klaasen teamed up with American partner, Rajeev Ram to win the ATP Delray Beach Open in Florida, USA on Sunday.

Second seeds Klaasen and Ram beat third seeds Treat Huey of Philippines and Max Mirnyi of Belarus 7-5 7-5 to win their fourth ATP World Tour doubles title as a team and their first of 2017.

‘I think Rajeev and I have done some good things to improve our games and this week was another progression for us as a team. The crowd has been great all week. People really enjoy their doubles here and that makes it us fun for us,’ said Klaasen following the victory.

Elsewhere, 2014 Youth Olympian Lloyd Harris impressed in Japan when he reached the semi-finals of the Shimadzu All Japan Indoor Tennis Championships played in Kyoto.

Nineteen-year-old Harris, South Africa’s second highest ranked singles player after Kevin Anderson, lost to sixth seed Blaz Kavcic in the last four 4-6 7-6 (6) 6-7 (5). Harris had to qualify for the tournament and then upset top seed Yuichi Sugita of Japan in straight sets, en route to the final.

And in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, Davis Cup player, Nik Scholtz reached the semi-finals of the Egypt Futures, whilst his Davis Cup team-mate Dean O’Brien together with American Kevin King reached the doubles final of the ATP Challenger in Morelos, Mexico.

Picture of Klaasen and Ram after their Delray Beach win, courtesy of BLD Communications.

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