Golden chance to shine on court in Ballarat tennis tournament

TYNAN Haintz will face off against Melbourne-based Yianni Papadimitriou in his first Ballarat Open Gold Australian Money Tournament today.

The Ballarat under-16 singles champion said his first money tournament would be a great experience.

“I’ll be pretty happy to pass the first match against Yianni, he seems pretty good,” Haintz said.

“It’s a big tournament and it will be a great experience.”

Ballarat Regional Tennis Centre manager Rob Benoit said the $7500 event had attracted 150 local and international players.

“It brings a lot of players from all over Australia and international players to Ballarat. It gives the juniors an opportunity to play against the best senior players,” Benoit said.

“For Tynan to play against a 300 ranking (Papadimitriou), he doesn’t get that opportunity often. 

“You get a sprinkle of the big guys with the younger talents.”

Seed four French doubles players Yvonnick L’Hurriec and Vincent Stouff will compete in the tournament ahead of the Australian Open where they will train with Jo Wilfried Tsonga. 

Other Ballarat entrants include Nick Powell, Zoe Hives, Ben Robinson and Hannah Heath.

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