Wimbledon women's doubles champion Su-wei Hsieh to play in Ballarat Gold AMT Tournament 

REIGNING Wimbledon women's doubles champion Su-wei Hsieh will play in the Ballarat Open Gold AMT Tournament on December 19-22.

Hsieh from Taiwan is ranked number three on the WTA doubles tour and has been as high as 23 in singles rankings.

She is using the Ballarat event as part of her warm-up to the Australian Open in the new year.

Like Melbourne Park, the home of the Australian Open, Ballarat Regional Tennis Centre has plexicushion courts.

BRTC manager Rob Benoit described attracting Hsieh as a major coup in the second year of the event, which offered $7500 across men's and women's singles and doubles.

"To have a Wimbledon champion and someone so highly ranked who will be playing in the Australian Open main singles draw and doubles is fantastic for Ballarat."

The tournament has attracted 102 entries for the men's singles title and 37 for the women's singles.

AMT events are semi-professional, primarily attracting Australia's leading domestic players and emerging youngsters.

The AMT tour has been operating since 2006.

Last year's women's singles winner Viktorija Rajicic is also returning to Ballarat along with semi-finalist Stefani Stojic and hometown national representative Zoe Hives.

The men's singles will also have an international flavour with French duo Yvonnick L'Hurriec and Vincent Stouff, and Nicholas Yeo from Singapore.

L'Hurriec and Stouff will combine in the doubles.

BRTC and Ballarat Regional Tourism also announced a new national junior tour event for next year.

A Tennis Australia junior points tournament will be played on April 16-19.

This gives Ballarat two of these events, with Tennis Ballarat's indoor facility in Sebastopol the venue for another mid-year.

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