Sydney NSW, Australia, 25 November 2013 | Tennis Australia
The Asia-Pacific Tennis League final teams were announced on Saturday as old foes Canberra Velocity and Next Gen Rebels battled for a finals position.
For a second year in a row the Rebels (formerly ATP Sydney) and Velocity will look to draw blood and take the NSW/ACT Conference final. The Rebels took home the title convincingly last year, however with a number of star players sidelined with injury, manager Luke Bourgeois will have his work cut out for him.
Velocity’s consistent season has seen them sit on top of the men’s ladder. Todd Larkham’s team has proven themselves as contenders with Alex Bolt, Jake Eames and Robbie Howe starring in the Velocity line-up. If Canberra’s favourite son Nick Kyrgios steps up for the final, Velocity will be hard to beat.
Making their debut this year, the Stanmore Wyverns have made a mark in the women’s draw. Manager Nicole Kriz has kept her cards close to her chest throughout the season, drawing out star player Casey Dellacqua for the all important clash against City Lizards in round 4. While the Wyverns were the dark horse in the competition, they certainly shouldn’t taken lightly.
For the second year Canberra Velocity women’s team will be vying for title and a spot at the national conference final. Nearly tasting victory last year, Velocity will have their eyes on the prize on Friday night. Alison Bai, Nicole Hoynaski, Ashley Keir and Tyra Calderwood will be a hard combination to defeat.
The ATL final will be held on Friday 29 November at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre. Australian tennis legend, Ken Rosewall will be signing copies of his autobiography “Muscles- The Story of Ken Rosewall” from 6.00pm.
From 6.30pm action kicks off with Next Gen Rebels v. Canberra Velocity (men) and Canberra Velocity v. Stanmore Wyverns (women). All other teams will be playing off for 3rd and 4th position.