South Africa’s Raven Klaasen and his New Zealand Doubles partner, Michael Venus, have lifted their third ATP tour tile at the Washington Open on Sunday.
Taking two of three sets, they beat the Netherlands’ Jean-Julien Rojer and Romania’s Horia Tecau with a score of 3-6, 6-3, 10-2, during a match that lasted 1 hour and 52 minutes.
This is their second ATP 500 trophy for the year, having also won the Halle Open in June.
According the to the ATP Tour website, this is the 36 year old Raven’s 16th tour-level doubles title and his 250th tour-level doubles win.
Having formed a team last year, Raven and Michael played a total of 100 matches together and secured three ATP titles.
This year alone, the team have won approximately R10 million in prize money, with Raven taking home a cool R5 million in match earnings.
For this match alone, he took home a sizeable R900 thousand, and last month at Wimbledon, despite not making it to the final, he managed to cut himself a pay check of R1.3 million.
With another 4 months to go before the year ends, he could end up earning a reasonable R8 million for the year.