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James Lemke serves to Erik Chvojka in the men’s singles final of the Bundaberg Tennis International ITF Pro Circuit at Drinan Park.
James Lemke serves to Erik Chvojka in the men’s singles final of the Bundaberg Tennis International ITF Pro Circuit at Drinan Park. Max Fleet BUNTEN

THE Bundaberg Tennis International has been moved back a day to allow Drinnan Park's famed clay courts a chance to recover after heavy rain.

The men's qualifying matches are now scheduled tomorrow with the women's qualifier on Monday.

Bundaberg Tennis Association patron Les Killer said organisers were forced to re-schedule the event due to heavy rain during this week.

"In light of recent weather organisers felt it best to delay the event by a day," he said.

"We're going to keep a close eye on things but at this stage organisers are hopeful the event will be able to go ahead without interruption."

Now in its fourth year, the Bundaberg Regional Council-sponsored event has established a reputation for bringing world-class tennis to the region.

"The beauty of this event is tennis fans do not have to travel to see top-notch tennis and they don't have to pay a red-cent," he said.

"We've got players who compete in the Australian Open and in events overseas."

There will be no shortage of talent in the event with a strong field of international competitors signing on.

Queenslander Michael Look, from Scarborough, is expected to be top seed of the men's event.

He will face stiff competition from defending champion James Lemke from Victoria, 2010 winner Brydan Klein, from Western Australia, and 2009 winner Jose Statham, from New Zealand.

Also looking to make his mark will be Jason Kubler, from Mango Hill, who recently claimed his third clay title in Florida, USA.

In the women's competition, the expected top seed will be world No.188 Japan's Yurika Sema who will come from USA after competing in the Sony Ericsson Series.

Representing Australia will be national no.7 ranked player Isabella Holland from St Lucia Queensland and 2011 Bundaberg quarter-finalist Sacha Jones.

Recognised international players include Akiko Omae and Junri Namigata from Japan, Tina Schiechtl from Austria and Sandra Zaniewska from Poland.

Topics:  tennis

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