ATL South East Conference: Grand Slam Winner makes ATL debut
In an historical day of the Asia-Pacific Tennis League South East Conference (ATL) the men’s players converged as one in Launceston for the inaugural Tasmanian men’s Super Round.
In an historical day of the Asia-Pacific Tennis League South East Conference (ATL) the men’s players converged as one in Launceston for the inaugural Tasmanian men’s Super Round. In the women’s competition career Grand Slam Mixed Doubles winner Cara Black made her ATL debut, highlighting the attractiveness of this FAST4 league to star players.
The Royal South Yarras have secured themselves a place in the men’s ATL Final and showed why they have become the new competition favorites, beating home side the Tasmanian Devils 4 rubbers to 2. Yarras’ Luke Saville and Dane Propoggia continued their rich vein of form.
In one of the matches of the league so far the Kooyong Classics clinched a crucial win over the Tennis World Taipans by just three games after rubbers and sets were tied, keeping the Classics dreams of defending their title alive.
Under threatening clouds at the home of the Mornington Missiles, the women’s competition favorites, Bayside Thunder, led by Storm Sanders booked their place in the ATL South East Conference Final.
The impressive debut season of the Mornington Missiles continued with a victory over the Waverley Warriors. The Missiles were boosted by the appearance of wildcard Cara Black, currently ranked No. 4 in the world in doubles. Black showed a liking for the FAST4 format recording victories in both her singles and doubles rubbers, and thrilling the Missiles home crowd.
With just one round remaining the battle is on this Friday night for second position and a place in the final in both the men’s and women’s competitions. The Kooyong Classics need to secure at least one rubber against men’s league heavy weights the Royal South Yarras to keep the Devils and the Taipans at bay.
Second placed MCC Stars will have to battle it out against third placed Mornington Missiles for the important ladder position in the women’s competition.
Royal South Yarras 33 points
Kooyong Classics 28
Tasmania Devils 18
Tennis World Taipans 16
Dingley Dingoes 13
Waverley Warriors 12
Bayside Thunder 35
MCC Stars 30
Mornington Missiles 24
Kooyong Classics 15
Frankston Firebirds 12
Waverley Warriors 4
Women hosted by Mornington Missiles at Mornington Tennis Centre
Men hosted by Tasmanian Devils at Launceston Regional Tennis Centre
There will be a 1 v 2 playoff and 3 v 4 playoff for both Men and Women.