SOME of Australia's biggest names in tennis are getting set to play in next month's Bendigo Festival of Tennis.
The William Loud Bendigo International Pro Tour 1 and 2 events will be run on the BTA hardcourts from October 20 until November 5.
Victoria's Minister for Sport, Hugh Delahunty announced on Thursday the possible return by the likes of Ashleigh Barty, Casey Dellacqua, Olivia Ragowska and many other stars to chase glory in Bendigo.
"This tournament is a significant event for Bendigo, the Tennis Australia calendar, and for Victoria," Mr Delahunty said.
BTA executive officer Leon Retallick said it's the fifth year in succession a pro circuit event would be played on Bendigo's courts.
Mr Delahunty said $10,000 would be injected to the event by the state government through the significant sporting events program.
"The really exciting aspect of this event is the opportunity for players across Bendigo and central Victoria to compete against many of the best."
Mayor Lisa Ruffell urged the community to support Bendigo's Festival of Tennis.
"The community has a great chance to see many of the stars who have played or are aiming for the Australian Open to play in Bendigo," said Cr Ruffell.
William Loud is major backer of the Bendigo Interational for the fifth year in a row.
Rob Keogh from WM Loud said the BTA's professionalism played a big part in rallying to back the festival.
The build-up to the federal election included both major parties declaring their support for an upgrade of the BTA headquarters at a cost of $5.2m.
Mr Delahunty said funding commitments were being pored over by federal government.
"Damian Drum (member for North Western province) is in talks with Warren Truss and Barnaby Joyce," said Mr Delahunty, who showed his serving skills on the BTA's showpiece court.
"I am all for improving the many sporting facilities we have across Victoria."