Brisbane QLD, Australia, 20 November 2013 | Tennis Australia
The remaining spot in the Asia-Pacific Tennis League (ATL) – Queensland Conference final is up for the taking this Friday night in the final round at Beenleigh Tennis Club, home of the Beenleigh Blaze.
The defending women’s champions, the Shaw Park Sharks have already secured their place, but will have the ultimate say as to whom they will be up against when they take on the Tennyson Volt this Friday night. A win from the Volt may well earn the team a ticket into the final on Sunday, but a loss all but ends their bid for a finals berth.
The home team, the Beenleigh Blaze are standing in the way at just one point behind Tennyson, and will come out firing on Friday night with the inclusion of young star Kimberly Birrell to their line-up. With the added motivation of a chance at the 2013 title, the Blaze start as strong favourites against the Sunshine Coast Breakers.
The final women’s match on Friday will see the Tennis Brisbane Chargers take on the Toowoomba Tigers in what will certainly be a curtain raiser to their play-off match on Sunday.
The match to watch in the men’s conference will be between the two finalists for this year’s title, Tennis Brisbane Chargers and Shaw Park Sharks, who will vie for the minor premiership this Friday. A loss could prove psychologically destructive for either side as they meet again just two days later in the men’s final.
The hosting Beenleigh Blaze men can bump the Sunshine Coast Breakers from fourth place with a 4-2 win or better and with the expected strong home support, they may well do so. The closing men’s match will see former world number 1 junior Jason Kubler take to the court for the Tennyson Volt as they take on the Toowoomba Tigers. With the inclusion of Kubler the Volt will certainly be tough to beat.
The ATL QLD Conference finals will take place on Sunday at the Queensland Tennis Centre, home of the Tennyson Volt, with three of the four finals spots already decided. The men’s final will see defending champions the Tennis Brisbane Chargers take on the Shaw Park Sharks. Both teams have significant depth, leaving the final showdown to be nothing short of first-class tennis. On the women’s side the Shaw Park Sharks will be looking for back-to-back titles against either new franchise the Tennyson Volt or 2012 runners-up the Beenleigh Blaze.
Off-court action over the upcoming weekend of tennis includes fire twirlers, live music by X-Factor’s Adil Memon, Kid’s Zone activities, competitions and more. Be part of it all in Round 5 this Friday at the Beenleigh Tennis Club from 6pm and the finals this Sunday at the Queensland Tennis Centre from 1pm.