Lethlean, Watson among first up in qualifying

Isaac Watson

Isaac Watson

BACKHAND DRIVE: Zac Lethlean will be aiming for many winning drives on the Bendigo Tennis Association hardcourts. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

BACKHAND DRIVE: Zac Lethlean will be aiming for many winning drives on the Bendigo Tennis Association hardcourts. Picture: BRENDAN McCARTHY

BENDIGO teenagers Zak Lethlean and Isaac Watson will be among the first on court for Sunday's qualifying at the Bendigo Bank-backed Platinum tennis classic.

The talented duo will be aiming to bank on home-court advantage at BTA headquarters in Nolan Street. 

Lethlean and Watson will feature in six of the first matches to be played in qualifying when Sunday's action hits off at 9am.

The Bendigo Bank Academy of Sport is well represented in this event.

Lethlean will start the qualifying tournament against Kale Durham.

Watson's first hit-out will be against Edwin North.

BBAS squad members Regan More, Erik Holt-Crossman and Nick Gattuso will also compete in qualifying.

Holt-Crossman will play Brett Kelly from 10.15am.

More has a first-round bye.

It's a daunting task for Gattuso against No.1 seed Pascaul Marlino Jnr from 10.15am.

A player to watch will be Matthew Dellavedova, the tennis player not the Cleveland Cavaliers guard from Maryborough who is warming up to play for the Australian Boomers at the World Cup basketball tournament.

BTA executive officer Leon Retallick said a tournament which features $10,000 prizemoney and highly sought-after ranking points has drawn 15 of the top 100-ranked women in Australia, and 11 of the top 100-ranked men.

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