“I feel confident the girls will band together to create a formidable team which will be very tough to beat.”Chris Steel, Asia-Pacific Tennis Institute team manager
Caloundra Challenger 2012 finalist and 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medallist, Greg Jones (Manly, NSW) will lead a number of New South Wales tennis players in the new Asia-Pacific Tennis League (ATL).
Jones, who will compete for ATP Sydney, is one of the standouts of the competition, making it to the final round in qualifying for at 2012 French Open.
He will be joined by teammate Matt Barton (Collaroy, NSW) who has had a breakout past month winning the Alice Springs Tennis International, his first ITF title.
Winning his first ITF title has seen his ranking rise to an all-time high – Australian Ranking No.18 and an ATP ranking currently at No.417.
US Open 2012 junior doubles finalist Jordan Thompson (Cherrybrook, NSW) will headline the boys’ field.
Thompson, currently ranked No.19 on the ITF junior rankings, has performed consistently this year, partnering ATL teammate and National Academy NSW athlete, Jay Andrijic (South Penrith, NSW), in a number of ITF junior matches.
The ATL women’s teams are just as strong, with a number of standout performers including Monique Adamzcak (Strathfield, NSW), who has played frequently this year on the ITF circuit. She paired with teammate Stephanie Bengson (Albion Park, NSW) to capture the 2012 Fukuoka Japan ITF title.
Asia-Pacific Tennis Institute team manager, Chris Steel, believes his team has what it takes to make it to the final.
“Our team possesses a group of girls who know each other very well and have a proven track record to combine well in a team environment,” he said.
“I feel confident the girls will band together to create a formidable team which will be very tough to beat.”
The ATL will comprise of eight ties, six held in NSW at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre and two in Lyneham, ACT in November.
From those ties, one team will compete in the ATL final held during the second week of Australian Open 2013. Teams will compete from the five Australian conferences, including teams from New Zealand, Pacific Islands and Asia.