NINETY of the state’s best young tennis players will converge on Bathurst this week for the New South Wales Combined High Schools Girls tennis tournament.
The tournament, which starts tomorrow at the Bathurst Tennis Centre, will feature 10 regions from all over the state competing for The Linabury Shield.
Split into two pools, nine players compete for each region in 12 round robin matches, eight in the singles format and four in the doubles.
From there the top four qualifiers in each pool move on to the qualifying stages.
They will play in a crossover style draw to determine the playoffs fixtures.
From there the tennis talents will battle for the final standings, beginning on Thursday morning.
Fifth place in each pool is relegated to competing for ninth and tenth spots on Thursday.
Bathurst Tennis Centre manager Andrew Mitton said the town is blessed to have the chance to host such big tournaments.
“Not many regional centres get the chance to host these events, so it’s a big thing,” he said.
“It’s a criteria that you have at least 16 courts, which we do of course, so we’re blessed in that regard.”
Mitton said the quality of the competition won’t be an issue and focused on the benefits Bathurst tennis will reap as a result.
“Including the players, parents and spectators, there’ll be upwards of 160 people here for this,” he said.
“It’s great for local tennis players to be able to watch a very high calibre of tennis. There are quite a few girls ranked inside the top 200 in Australia I think, so the tournament won’t disappoint.”