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.
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
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