Former world number nine CoCo Vandeweghe is amongst the entries for next week's Bendigo International women's event.
As a warm-up to the Australian Open, the Bendigo Tennis Complex will host two professional tournaments - one for men and one for women - from January 3-9.
Vandeweghe, 30, is on the comeback trail after two serious injuries threatened to end her career.
After making the semi-finals of the Australian Open and the US Open in 2017, Vandeweghe was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in her foot in 2018.
After recovering from the foot injury, her tennis career was again put on hold when she sliced ligaments and severed a nerve in her left hand.
Vandeweghe has worked her way back to a world ranking of 174 - not high enough for automatic entry into the Australian Open field.
The world ranking points and match practice on the hard courts in Bendigo are worth their weight in gold for Vandeweghe.
As of Monday, Vandeweghe was the ninth-highest ranked player in the field for the Bendigo women's event.
Japanese player Mai Hontama is the highest-ranked player at 150.
Poland's Katarzyna Kawa (155) is next best ahead of a trio of Spaniards - Aliona Bolsova (157), Cristina Bucsa (161) and Rebeka Masarova (162).
The highest-ranked Australian in the field is Destanee Aiava (316). At this stage she will need to make her way through qualifying to qualify for the main draw.
Entries for the men's event are yet to be released.
Tickets are now on sale for the event at the Bendigo Visitor Centre, with prices starting at $5 for an adult daily pass or $25 for a weekly all-access ticket.
Meanwhile junior tickets start at $5 for a daily pass and $15 for weekly admission to all games.
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