Good things come in threes

TENNIS players from across NSW will descend on Sydney next month for the first round of the new Asia Pacific Tennis League.

The NSW tournament will feature four men's and women's teams who will battle it out over five rounds to join other state-conference winners at the national finals.

Leading the charge for the Hunter Raworth Tigers are Castle Hill's three Smith brothers.

Jordan Smith, 16, will team up with older brothers Cameron and Blake in a 13-man team. They will challenge for starting places in the Tigers four singles and two doubles matches against ATP Sydney, National Academy NSW and the Canterbury Bankstown Wizards.

Blake said he and his brothers have a slight advantage over other teams having grown up playing tennis together. "I'm used to playing doubles with Cameron and we know each other's game inside out," he said. "Jordan's younger than us and he should take one of the team's singles spots."

If the Tigers are to progress to the national finals then much of the responsibility will fall on Jordan's young shoulders. He's 94th in the senior Australian rankings and second in the Tigers' team behind Ethan Coker (ranked 83). "I just got back from an under-18s tournament in Fiji so I'll enter this new tennis league in good condition."

Fellow The Hills juniors Jordan Thompson (Cherrybrook) and Seone Mendez (Kellyville) are also in the men's and women's National Academy team.

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