2012 was the inaugrual year of the Asia-Pacific Tennis League. The league was supported by a combined NSW/ACT conference of which three teams, ATP Sydney (men), Asia-Pacific Tennis Institute Steelers (women) and Canberra Velocity (women) made the final in Melbourne during the Australian Open.
The league, heralded as one of the most innovative competitions to come to Australia, provides athletes the opportunity to play in a team environment similar to the U.S College and European club system.
The Asia- Pacific Tennis League was successfully piloted in South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria in 2011 as a national league and allowed those professional and semi-professional players to compete for their club. Matthew Ebden (WA) and Luke Saville (SA) both competed last year, which provided both players a solid lead up to this year’s Australian summer of tennis.
The Asia -Pacific Tennis League will combine some of NSW/ACT best players to compete for their club. The successful teams will play three ties at the home of tennis in NSW, Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre. The National Sports Club at Lyneham will provide two ties during November.
From those five ties, one team will participate in the final of the Asia-Pacific Tennis League in January during the second week of the 2013 Australian Open. The inclusion of teams from the Pacific Islands, New Zealand and Asia represents the importance of creating strong community ties within our region. The competition from all teams will be extremely high and as a result the total amount of prize money is $95,000.
Results- Men and Women
1st Liston Seagulls (VIC) Flagstaff Freighters (SA)
2nd ATP Sydney (NSW) Asia-Pacific Tennis Institute Steelers (NSW)
3rd Brisbane Chargers (QLD) NZ Tuis (NZ)
4th NZ Kauris (NZ) WA Giants (WA)
5th WA Giants (WA) Kooyong Classics (VIC)
6th Kooyong Classics (VIC) Canberra Velocity (ACT)
7th Glenlea Gators (SA) Shaw Park Sharks (QLD)
8th Pacific Oceania Dolphins (Oceania) Beenleigh Blaze (QLD)