Morning sports report: December 16

The countdown to the Ballarat Open Gold AMT Tournament continues this week.

Reigning Wimbledon women's doubles champion Su-wei Hsieh will be one of the headline acts as she uses the event as a lead-in to the Australian Open.

The tournament, to be held at the Ballarat Regional Tennis Centre, begins on Thursday and runs through until Sunday.

It is part of a big period for tennis in the region, with the Tennis Victoria Inter-Regional Country Championships to be held at Creswick's Mt Prospect lawn complex in early January next year.

Meanwhile, the Ballarat Football League will today release its fixture for season 2014.

The fixture is expected to include a Good Friday encounter for the first time since 2011 and two matches on Anzac Day.

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