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The Bundaberg Age Open starts today

JUNIOR TENNIS: Darina Kamenoff will compete in the U12 and U18 events after competing in the Bundaberg Age Open last year in the region.
JUNIOR TENNIS: Darina Kamenoff will compete in the U12 and U18 events after competing in the Bundaberg Age Open last year in the region. Max Fleet BUN230915TEN4

TENNIS: The best juniors from around the state will compete in the region's largest tennis event, the Bundaberg Age Open, over the next three days.

Starting today at four courts around the city, juniors from under-12, under-14, under-16, and under-18 will battle it out to win their age group.

With the Bundaberg Open cancelled earlier this year due to numbers, this is now the biggest event held by the Bundaberg and District Tennis Association.

Tournament Director Murray Whitbread said numbers were good for the event.

"We have exactly the same number of juniors as last year,” he said.

"We've got good entries in all age groups and people have come from Mackay, the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane to compete.”

On the local front there will be six juniors competing, with Brendon Schultz Bundaberg's best chance of success.

He is the number one seed for the U16 boys and has a bye in round one.

"Schultz is our most likely person (to win) and he should do well,” he said.

"This is a higher ranking event than the normal events our juniors compete in, so to get six is good for us.”

The only problem at the moment with the tournament is the predicted wet weather for today.

With no chance of extending the tournament, Whitbread said they may need to alter the schedule.

"It doesn't look good so we'll just see how it goes,” he said.

"We'll adjust our sets from three to two with a match tiebreaker if we need to fit more matches in the final two days.”

With action also set to be played on three different surfaces, including grass, clay and hard courts, Whitbread said it would be a good test to the juniors.

"It is teaching them to be adaptable and prepared for any conditions,” he said.

Play will begin today at 7.30am at Drinan Park, the Shalom College tennis courts, the Rotary Park courts and the Bundaberg South State School.

Topics:  bundaberg age open, juniors, tennis



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