Juniors have flocked back onto the tennis court in Ballarat.
Ballarat Regional Tennis Centre, the city's biggest outdoor tennis complex, has its junior coaching program back in full swing after a two-month COVID-19 lockdown.
Head coaches Rob Benoit and Tomas Graca are putting 200 youngsters through their paces a week under Tennis Australia return to training guidelines.
Benoit said the numbers were not far off the peak figure for this time of year.
The BRTC is able to cater for up to 80 players at any one time, with 20 in each of the centre's four banks of courts at any one time.
Benoit said it was great to be back.
He said the youngsters were enthusiastic and excited to again have a racquet in their hand after the extended pewriod away from the game.
"They just to play."
Benoit said while there were still some limitations to meet requirements such as social distancing, there was plenty of scope for coaches.
The courts are also open to members and for hire for a social hit, but competition was still not permitted at any level.
He said the court use outside coaching had not picked up as quickly as he thought it might, but there remained a steady flow of players having a hit when weather conditions allowed.
Benoit said the BRTC was still uncertain what competitions it would organise for winter once they were permitted.
He said it was a waiting game at the moment, but some form of junior singles competition was likely.
The re-opening of clubrooms is likely to be a factor in the return of senior competitions.
TENNIS Ballarat's indoor venue in Sebastopol remains closed in keeping with state government COVID-19 restrictions.
Indoor sports centres will be permitted to re-open on June 22 to open with up to 20 people per single undivided indoor space and up to 10 people per group/activity at any one time.
TENNIS Victoria Tennis Victoria this week released updated return to tennis guidelines.
Tennis Victoria chief executive officer Ruth Holdaway said it was exciting to see coaches and players returning to the courts across Victoria. "The tennis community has been extremely patient and understanding through this difficult time and we want to thank everyone who had to close their courts and businesses for helping manage this public health crisis.
"Our return to tennis guidelines and toolkit will support clubs and coaches to re-open while observing social distancing and hygiene protocols," she said.