BENDIGO will host two $50,000 International Tennis Federation tournaments for women this October.
The two new-look tournaments replace the men's and women's William Loud Bendigo International.
This year's tournaments start on October 21 and October 28 and are expected to attract world-class players.
“We’re excited by the opportunity to boost the women’s schedule and host two $50,000 ITF events in Bendigo. Tennis Australia has worked hard with our Pro Tour venues to create the highest level tour possible,” Tennis Australia's Jason Simmons said.
“The location, facility and dedicated staff and volunteers make this the ideal venue for these top tier tennis events and will kick start the summer of tennis for professional players, particularly in the Asia Pacific region.”
Bendigo mayor Cr Lisa Ruffell said these international tournaments would become an important feature on the city’s calendar.
“Greater Bendigo has become a sought-after destination for important sporting and major events,” Ruffell said.
“Major events of this type are very important for our local economy. They put our city on the map and provide local residents with an opportunity to see top class events in their own city, increasing our region’s liveability.”
The last time the Australian Pro Tour held a women’s $50,000 ITF tournament was in Bendigo in 2005.