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Thursday, 22 September 2016



Australia’s top tennis stars and up-and-coming juniors will be serving up hot tennis action at the Bendigo Festival of Tennis next month.

Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards today launched the Festival, which is returning to the Bendigo Tennis Complex for an eighth year.

More than 800 tennis players of all ages will hit the courts in Bendigo, which will be headlined by a National Pro Tour event with 64 of the best junior and senior Australian tennis players.

The highlight of the Festival in 2016 will be the ITF Women’s Challenge Tournament, where world ranking points and $50,000 in prize money are up for grabs.

The Andrews Labor Government is working hard to attract more first class sporting events to Bendigo.

A grant from our Significant Sporting Events Program will support the staging of the Bendigo Festival of Tennis, giving locals the chance to see the next generation of Australia’s tennis greats.

The festival, held in Bendigo since 2009, cements our reputation as one of the world’s best locations for elite tennis events. Victoria also hosts the Australian Open and Kooyong Classic.

Sporting events like the Bendigo Festival of Tennis shores up Victoria’s reputation as the nation’s sporting capital, and showcases the best of everything that Bendigo offers.

Our enviable calendar of events attracts a steady stream of visitors to Central Victoria, and that means more opportunities for businesses and more jobs for locals.

Our last Budget includes a $2 million boost for the Significant Sporting Events Program so it can continue to attract the big national and international sporting events. Each year the program secures more than 70 events for Melbourne and regional Victoria.

Sporting events play a big part in Victoria’s tourism economy, generating 205,000 jobs and delivering more than $21 billion annually.

In Bendigo we are also delivering $15 million towards the new Greater Bendigo Indoor Aquatic Leisure and Wellbeing Centre, $5 million to transform the ageing Bendigo Stadium, as well as $2.4 million for a new show court and multi-purpose function centre at Bendigo Tennis Complex.

The Bendigo Festival of Tennis runs from October 22 to November 1.

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