Four Victorian teams secure Asia-Pacific Tennis League semifinal spots
Victorian teams on track for Asia-Pacific Tennis League success
After six rounds of world class tennis played across two huge weekends, four Victorian teams have secured places in the Asia-Pacific Tennis League 2015 South Conference semifinals.
An exciting conclusion to the preliminary rounds in Yarrawonga at the weekend saw last year’s conference winners the Kooyong Classics men’s and women’s Royal South Yarras, and MCC Stars women finish on top of the Pool A league to secure a place in the semifinals.
“Victoria is set for an interstate battle this weekend, as the competition for ATL finals spots hits top gear,” Tennis Victoria’s Competitions Manager Jeff Downes said.
“The strength of the Victorian teams on paper is extremely high, but as is the nature of the ATL with its shortened format, anything can happen and our clubs will have their work cut out to reach Sunday’s final at the National Tennis Centre.”
In the men’s league, the top placed Kooyong Classics led by Rubin Statham will go head-to-head with Pool B’s runners up the Western Wildlings, while the Royal South Yarras who boast Australian no.10 Luke Saville, will be tested against the undefeated NETA Knights led by Brad Mousley from South Australia.
As the only team who remain undefeated, the dominant women’s Royal South Yarras spearheaded by Storm Sanders, Daria Gavrilova and Australian Open 2016 Wildcard recipient Tammi Patterson, come up against Pool B’s second placed Prospect Flames from South Australia.
Last year’s runners up MCC Stars will look to step up in the semis, led by Zoe Hives and American Asia Muhammad. The team face tough competition in Jessica Moore’s Western Wildlings.
The ATL South Conference semifinals commence at 6.30pm on Friday 4 December at the Royal Park Tennis Club.
Successful teams then proceed to Sunday’s finals day, held at Melbourne Park on 6 December. The day will also feature more than 60 children taking part in the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Leagues State Carnival from 9.30am.