Platinum draws aces to Bendigo

Tennis stars chase points

It is fantastic the BTA is again able to deliver a significant event for Bendigo

YOUNG GUN: Bendigo's Isaac Watson will be aiming to qualify for the Bendigo Bank-backed Platinum AMT tennis classic. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

YOUNG GUN: Bendigo's Isaac Watson will be aiming to qualify for the Bendigo Bank-backed Platinum AMT tennis classic. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

RANKING points and $10,000 in prizemoney will be up for grabs at next week's Bendigo Bank-backed Platinum tennis classic in Bendigo.

A field of 86 includes 15 of Australia's top 100 women and 11 of the top 100 men.

Bendigo Tennis Association executive officer Leon Retallick said the Platinum AMT would be a powerful example of the importance of tennis to the region.

“It is fantastic that the Bendigo Tennis Association is again able to deliver a significant event for the Bendigo community," Retallick said.

“The delivery of events of this nature is not only great for generating sports-based tourism for the region, but also provides the community with the opportunity to see some of Australia’s best players first-hand."

The Platinum event is one of 17 events delivered at this level in Australia.

“The womens field for the Bendigo Platinum will be led by Viktorija Rajicic and Sally Peers, two players who have both been ranked in the top 300 in the world and played at Grand Slam level,” Retallick said.

They have taken to the Nolan Street courts for the past three William Loud Bendigo International Pro Tour events. 

In the men’s field, Daniel Byrnes and Aaron Leeder-Chard are the top two ranked players.

Bendigo Bank Academy of Sport members Regan More, Erik Holt Crossman, Zach Lethlean, Isaac Watson and Nick Gattuso will be in qualifying from Sunday.

The Bendigo Tennis Platinum AMT classic is supported by City of Greater Bendigo and major partners Bendigo Bank and William Loud.

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