Tennis: Ballarat serves up new junior tournament

VICTORIAN country junior tennis pathways will receive a boost over the coming days with the first Ballarat Regional Junior Tennis Championship running from April 16-19.

The Ballarat Regional Tennis Centre, buoyed by the success of last year's AMT Gold senior tournament in December, will host the white-class ranking event.

More than 160 entrants, including about 30 from Ballarat, will take to the court in a bid to earn national ranking points.

BRTC manager Rob Benoit said the focus of the tournament was to prime Ballarat's young talent for tournament action.

"It's about encouraging locals and country kids to enter," Benoit said.

"We've still got some good inter-state, Melbourne and country players but it really encourages your tournament players with not a lot of tournament experience to play in this level."

Competition will span from under-12 to under-16 age groups in singles and doubles.

Qualifying rounds will be played from Wednesday to Friday, with finals to commence on Saturday.

TOP SEEDS

BOYS

12/under singles: Harry Boyd

12/under doubles: James O'Sullivan, Marcus Tilley

14/under singles: Marcus Stathos

14/under doubles: Jordan Glowacki, Daniel Paveska

16/under singles: Eddie Bota

16/under doubles: Matthew Dunn, Ben Warren

GIRLS

12/under singles: Amy Stevens

12/under doubles: Katelyn Kissack, Amy Stevens

14/under singles: Madison Brown

14/under doubles: not supplied

16/under singles: Nicole Mullen

16/under doubles: Gabby Hearn, Shannon Hearn

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