In 2012–13 Tennis Australia will transition from a pilot National Tennis League to the Asia-Pacific Tennis League (ATL). The ATL is a new and innovative tennis league that will bring together teams of men and women from across the Asia-Pacific region. The league will provide players with the opportunity to play regular paid high-level matches.
Domestically, the ATL will consist of five conferences (SA, WA Vic, NSW/ACT and Qld) made up of 28 men’s and 28 women’s teams competing for their conference championship during November 2012.
Conference champions progress to the ATL Play-offs, which will be hosted at Melbourne Park during the second week of the Australian Open.
In its inaugural season, the ATL is working with the Asia-Pacific region to host three teams from outside Australia at the ATL Play-offs. Thus, the eight-team play-offs for both the men’s and women’s competitions will feature players from around the Asia-Pacific region.
All players have the opportunity to nominate themselves for the league. There are no pre-requisites for players to participate in the league, however, based on the pilot competition conducted in 2011–12, the majority of players: