Sydney NSW, Australia, 22 November 2013 | Tennis Australia
The stage was set for round 4 of the ATL at City Community Tennis. The hosting team were taking on The Stanmore Wyverns, and in the Men an all-important clash between The Stanmore Wyverns and Sydney Olympic Rebels.
With a few of the top Rebels out due to injury, team manager Luke Bourgeois faced an uphill battle against the consistent Wyverns. The upset of the day saw last year’s NSW Conference winner, Next Gen Rebels defeated by Stanmore Wyverns 4-2.
The Rebels started off in blistering fashion, with Jonathon Cooper disposing of Todd Reid in convincing fashion, and Adam Feeney holding off Ede 4-3 in the 3rd set in a marathon match.
With their backs against the wall, The Wyverns weren’t going to surrender without a fight. Ben Rocavert continuing his run of impressive made easy work of Mitchell Pritchard. The number 4 singles wasn’t as easy for fellow team member Michael Tebbutt. Young gun rebel Brandon Emery-Kwo put on a brave fight, unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be for the The Rebels, Tebbutt showed experience and maturity in edging it out 4-1 in the 3rd.
Split at 2 rubbers a piece, it was going to come down to the doubles. Reid and Tebbutt took to the court against Cooper and Feeney. In a very entertaining match the wyverns edged out the rebels 11-9 in the 3rd set. Rocavert and Ede combined to bring it home for The Rebels. The men’s ladder will come down to the wire with three teams; Canberra Velocity, Next Gen Rebels and Stanmore Wyverns battling it out for a finals position.
One half of Australia’s winning doubles combination made her debut for the Stanmore Wyverns during round 4 of the Asia-Pacific Tennis League.
Casey Dellacqua, nominated for a Newcombe Award Australian Tennis Award with doubles partner Ashleigh Barty, took no time in dispatching City Lizards No. 1 Jess Engles 4-2 4-0. Dellacqua backed up for doubles with Monique Adamzcak to defeat the lethal combination of Engles and Renee Beck 4-3 4-0.
The doubles match was a nail-biting win, with the Wyverns edging out City Lizards by one set. This now places the Wyverns on top of the women’s ladder board. A bye next round means they can rest up and wait for the four women’s team to battle it out for the finals.