Melbourne, Australia, 16 November 2012 | Tennis Australia

The Asia-Pacific Tennis League (ATL) is set to go to a whole new level at this Friday night’s Super Round with the debut of Sam Groth, the man with the fastest serve in the world.

Groth, who was clocked at 263km per hour earlier in 2012 at the Busan Challenger in South Korea, forms an integral part of the Liston Seagulls and will be brimming with confidence following a successful period on the ITF circuit overseas.

The Victorian has only just stepped off the plane in time to face rivals the Kooyong Classics on Friday, and said he is excited about the ATL and his debut with the new modified rules.

“The opportunity to play against the sheer quality of the Kooyong Classics first up is extremely exciting,” he said.

“The Classics were ranked No.3 in Australia following release of the Tennis Australia ATL pre-season ratings, and with us (Liston Seagulls) ranked No.1 team in Australia, this will be the match of the conference.”

He is pleased to be playing in his first Super Round at home on debut.

“It should be a fantastic night for the club and more importantly the ATL and its continued progression into the tennis market. We are expecting very big crowds for this one,” he said.

The Liston Seagulls as the host of the Super Round will have radar guns on Groth’s court in anticipation of another potential world breaking fast serve and be serving Sam Groth’s own wine vintage – ‘Sam’s Serve Bin 263′ – to the public in recognition of his outstanding achievement.

“I certainly will be letting loose with some high-speed serves,” he said.