SOME of the state’s best tennis players will descend on the city for the Bendigo Bank Winter JT and AMT tournament later this month.
Held at the Bendigo Tennis Complex in the school holidays, tennis players will try their luck at the five day tournament.
The event forms part of Tennis Australia’s National Tour, with players competing for Australian ranking points and some of the $5000 prize money on offer.
The open women’s event has drawn a strong field.
Forty-two players have already registered for the tournament including Australia’s number 12 ranked tennis player Viktorija Rajicic.
Rajicic is no stranger to the Bendigo courts having competed in the past three William Loud Bendigo International Pro Tour events.
She is also ranked number 279 in the world.
Rajicic will face some tough opposition from Ballarat’s Zoe Hives and Rowville’s Alana Parnaby.
On the men's side Jeremy Beale will be the top seed for the tournament.
Beale is a regular visitor to Bendigo.
Earlier this year he was the hitting partner of Australian Open men's champion Stan Warwinka.
He was also a part of the successful Grace Park Tennis Club team who won this year's Tennis Victoria men's Premier League title.
Several Bendigo players have also nominated for the tournament, including Isaac Watson, Jordan Hicks, Jack Armstrong, Matilda Walsh, Polly Barnett, Carissa Brook and Tiahna Leader.
“We have had excellent numbers again register for this year’s event, with some 248 entrants” said Bendigo Tennis Association executive officer Leon Retallick said.
“Players are travelling from across Victoria, with strong squads from Traralgon, Bairnsdale, Maffra, Kooyong, Geelong, Warrnambool, Mildura and Swan Hill all competing.”
The Winter JT and AMT will run between June 30 and July 4.