Velocity eye Asia-Pacific Tennis League finals spot
Canberra Velocity is aiming for a final spot in Asia-Pacific Tennis League action hitting off today
Canberra Velocity returns to the courts in Sydney today in a bid to secure a spot in the North Conference finals of the Asia-Pacific Tennis League.
Both Velocity men and women are sitting in second place in North Pool B and play three matches this weekend. The top two teams progress to the North Conference finals.
Jake Eames, Daniel Guccione, Alexander Babanine, James Frawley, and Dimitri Morogiannis are all available, while Alison Bai, Ashley Keir, Tyra Calderwood, Kaitlin Staines, and Annerly Poulos return for the women. World No.465 Alexandra Nancarrow, who has been battling a hand injury the past few weeks, is hoping to be fit to line up for a doubles match, further strengthening the women’s team.
Today the teams face the Sydney Saints. The Velocity men defeated the Saints four rubbers to two last time they met, when world No.296 Matthew Barton led the Saints. World No.154 Jordan Thompson was unavailable.
The women only narrowly defeated the Saints in their last encounter, with rubbers locked at three-all, Velocity won on sets. However Velocity were without leading player Alison Bai.
Tomorrow sees a top of the table clash between the Velocity men and the Sunshine Coast Breakers.
The Breakers defeated Velocity four rubbers to two in their previous encounter. The Breakers were without world No. 635 Dayne Kelly, who recently won a Futures event in Wollongong. The Velocity women dominated the Breakers last time, winning five rubbers to one.
The teams face the Western Sydney Warriors on Sunday. The Velocity men previously defeated the Warriors four rubbers to two. The match is crucial in the final placings for the pool, with the Warriors currently sitting in third place.
The Warriors currently sit on the top of the women’s table and Velocity will look to reverse last week’s four rubbers to two loss. Velocity had its chances in the previous tie, but both doubles pairings let opportunities slip in their first sets to both lose tight matches.