BENDIGO will play host to 15 of Australia's top 20 female tennis players at the first William Loud Bendigo International tournament later this month.
Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua headline the confirmed starters for the $50,000 event, starting October 21.
Other Australian hopes in the 32-player field include former Bendigo International top seed Olivia Rogowska, Arina Rodionova and Monique Adamczak.
World number 87, Japan's Kurumi Nara, is the highest ranked player in the field.
A second $50,000 ITF tournament will be held the week following the first William Loud Bendigo International event.