A CONTINGENT of young tennis aces from Bendigo are preparing to be put through a week of intensive training on the Gold Coast.
The Bendigo Tennis Academy members will head off on Sunday and be based at the Azzura Greens Resort.
The players will be put through their paces by John Birrell at his Tennis Plus Tennis Academy at Southport.
Birrell's daughter, Kimberley, who reached the third round of the Australian Open earlier this year, will also work with the Bendigo players.
Kimberly played her first Pro Tour match as as a 14-year-old in Bendigo in 2012.
"Travelling to the Gold Coast really reinforces all the different areas the players require to become top players," Bendigo Tennis Academy coach Stephen Storer said on Thursday.
"It provides an opportunity to train with a high level of intensity day in, day out, to increase the number of hours of on-court training and to have a high level of professionalism with their approach to tennis."
The BTA's yearly trip to the Gold Coast for the week-long training was first held in 2007.
"This tennis trip of a life-time is an important component of the player development program at the Bendigo Tennis Academy," Storer said.
"It gives players the opportunity to experience being on the road, living away from home and training hard each day with professional coaches on the Gold Coast.
"It's always an exciting time taking a new team of players to the Gold Coast and we have an amazing week of tennis ahead."
The young players will participate in 17 hours of training over the course of the week.
However, there will also be the chance to relax and have some fun with visits to Wet N Wild and Movie World planned.
Gold Coast-bound - Tom Waterson, Connor Moore, Taine Lang, Toby Howlett, Mitchell Collins, Jessica McLindin, Laura Cheng, Sofia Cheng, Aaron Cheng, Isabella Murphy, Aaron Broad, Lydia Broad, Nathan Broad, Alistar Cook, Fraser Cook, Fletcher Waters, Riley Senior, Macaulay Senior, Joseph Parkes, Alex Ryan, Zach Ranson and Thomas Ranson.
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