Quick hits: Aussies set for IPTL
In the latest edition of "Quick Hits", we reveal the Aussies drafted for the IPTL 2015 season, celebrate clay court success for Casey and Bernie, and review our junior victories in Shepparton.
In the latest edition of “Quick Hits”, we reveal the Aussies drafted for the IPTL 2015 season, celebrate clay court success for Casey and Bernie, and review our junior victories in Shepparton.
The International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) teams have been unveiled for the 2015 season, and four Aussies will be taking part in the prestigious exhibition competition staged throughout Asia and the Middle East during the off-season. Nick Kyrgios will line up in the Singapore Slingers squad for the second straight year, joined in 2015 by good friend and fellow Aussie young gun Thanasi Kokkinakis. Meanwhile, Jarmila Gajdosova is part of the Manila Mavericks team, along with former Aussie great Mark Philippoussis. According to its official website: “The IPTL brings together current champions, tennis legends and upcoming talent in a format that’s never been seen before. Created to fulfil the increasing demand for top-level tennis in Asia, it’s the first city-based professional league in the world.” This year, there will also be teams from India, Japan and the UAE.
— IPTL (@iptl) April 12, 2015
— IPTL (@iptl) April 12, 2015
Across in the United States, Casey Dellacqua scored a much-needed confidence boost with her run to the doubles final last week in Charleston. The West Australian, who in 2015 has progressed beyond the second round just once in a combined 12 singles and doubles events, stormed to the WTA Premier-level final on green clay with Croatian partner Darija Durak. Although they were beaten in the decider by top seeds Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza, Casey thoroughly enjoyed her week.
— Family Circle Cup (@FamilyCircleCup) April 12, 2015
Also enjoying success on the dirt was Bernard Tomic, who won his first ATP-level main draw match on clay in two years in Monte Carlo. His three-set victory over Lukas Rosol sends him into the second round of the ATP Masters event, played in the city where Tomic has a European base. Other Aussies in action this week are Ajla Tomljanovic and Anastasia Rodionova, who are contesting the WTA event on red clay in Bogota, Colombia. Rodionova won two matches to qualify for the main draw.
Back on home soil, Australia’s Junior Davis Cup and Fed Cup teams have been in fine form on the lawns in Shepparton, dominating the Asia/Oceania final qualifying competition and sealing their place in the prestigious World Finals, to be staged in Madrid in late September. And they continue to go from strength-to-strength; despite already qualifying, they’ve reached the stage of the competition where they are playing off for final placings, and they continue to win. Having not dropped a rubber so far in the past week, the boys will today face Japan and the girls take on Chinese Taipei in a bid to finish atop the 16-nation standings.
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