Sydney, 1 December 2012 |

Wild weather across the country has played havoc with the finals of the NSW and WA conferences.

In NSW, play commenced on Tuesday night with the ATP Sydney men’s team up against the Canberra Velocity and on the women’s side the Asia-Pacific Tennis Institute Steelers also taking on the Canberra Velocity..

With both matches being fought out tightly and ATP Sydney leading 2 rubbers to 1 with wins from Adam Feeney and Nick Lindahl, and the Steelers and Velocity locked at 1 rubber all with wins to the Steelers’ Monique Adamczak and the Velocity’s Tyra Calderwood, the heavens opened with rain stopping play for the night.

With some of the Velocity’s players unavailable on both the men’s and women’s sides for the rescheduled day, it meant they were unable to field their strongest possible line-up  for the critical doubles ties and remaining singles in the women’s – with both Velocity teams eventually going down 5 rubbers to 1.

Over in the west, stormy conditions also hampered play with all players and spectators retreating indoors at the State Tennis Centre for an early Christmas dinner. Prior to the abandonment of play, Giants player Jess Moore continued her classy performance in the west winning her match in dominating fashion, not dropping a game in the match against Shona Lee of the Western Sharks.

On the men’s side, Giants number 1 player Zach Itzstein showed why he is the number 1 player for the Giants defeating Brendan Malarkey of the Western Sharks. Ladder leaders and ATL-WA pre-season favourites Giants teams from both the men’s and women’s events were declared the winners of the ATL-WA conference.

All four teams – ATP Sydney, Steelers and the two Giants teams – will all come to Melbourne from 22 to 24 January to compete in the ATL Play-offs against the winning teams of each conference and three wildcard teams.

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