Victoria Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty
Bendigo Set To Host Some Of The World’s Best Tennis Juniors
Victor P Taffa
Tennis fans across Victoria can look forward to watching the world’s best under-16 players from Asia, Australia, and the Oceania region at the Bendigo Bank Tennis Centre from 23- 29 April.
To help kick start the countdown to the 2012 Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup Asia/Oceania Qualifier, the Minister for Sport and Recreation Hugh Delahunty today joined tournament patron, former Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald at the Centre to announce a $6,000 Victorian Government boost to the event through the Significant Sporting Events Program.
“Off the back of hosting last year’s successful ATP ranking William Loud Bendigo International, Bendigo Tennis Association is developing a reputation as a launch pad for up and-coming tennis champions.” Mr. Delahunty said.
“This year’s 2012 Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup will further cement that reputation with more than 96 of the best young talents from the Asia/Oceania region out to do their country proud.”
The 2012 Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup Asia/Oceania Qualifier is a combined tournament that brings together the best male and female junior tennis players from Asia, Oceania and Australia to represent their country.
Mr. Delahunty said each national team would battle it out for the right to progress to the prestigious final world round series. Notable players to have competed in the past include Lleyton Hewitt and Jelena Dokic.
“What better place to showcase the next crop of future world champions than on one of regional Victoria’s finest tennis facilities the Bendigo Bank Tennis Centre.” Mr. Delahunty said.
“Championships like these also provide a great opportunity for potential stars of the future to experience their first thrill of competing for their nation at a quality venue, in front of enthusiastic fans.”
“By providing pathways for young people to excel in sport, we can encourage a life-long commitment to health and inspire more people to get more active more often.” Mr. Delahunty said.
Mr. Delahunty congratulated the Bendigo Tennis Association and City of Greater Bendigo for their efforts to secure the tournament for Bendigo and the Victorian Government funding.