TALENTED teenager Isaac Watson will be banking on home-court advantage when he competes at this month's ATM Platinum tournament in Bendigo.
The 16-year-old will be aiming to shine when the event is contested from August 31 to September 4 at the Bendigo Bank tennis complex in Nolan Street.
Watson's play on courts across Victoria and in Brisbane have him in the running for the Bendigo Sportsmen's Association's Junior Sports Star of the Year award.
The long-running award is sponsored by Coca-Cola and Bendigo Bank.
Highs of this year include winning the 16-under singles and doubles titles at the Brisbane Open Age classic.
The Bendigo Platinum will be a step up to open level.
Watson has spent plenty of time on court pracisising with coach Stephen Storer as well as playing in the Wednesday night pennant.
"Mental toughness is an area I have improved at," Watson said of his run in 2014.
"I've been trying to improve all shots."
Watson’s tennis fortunes, which include Premier League with BLTC Metro are closely followed by parents Brian and Sheryle and by 18-year-old brother Abe.
The year 10 student at Catholic College Bendigo also helps out coaching at Hot Shots at BTA headquarters.