THE 2017 Brisbane International tennis tournament is only a few months away and Ipswich's Top Tennis Academy has been busy preparing.
With men's and women's champions Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal, Angelique Kerber and Garbine Muguruza set to light up the annual tournament, Top Tennis Academy head coach Leon Glinster is expecting a surge in the number of Ipswich juniors taking up the summer sport.
"We have various promotions on to attract new kids and adults to play at our facility which boasts 12 European clay courts,” Glinster said.
"We are designing new and improved hot shots packages to get our budding young tennis stars started at the grassroots level with specialised programs which includes modified balls, racquets and court sizes to develop players from the age of four years old through to 10 years old.
"We have introduced these programs into various schools within the Ipswich region as part of their health and physical education curriculum.”
Hosts of their own action-packed tournaments, the Ernest Street courts saw more than 100 of Ipswich's elite juniors participate in the Junior Clay Court Championships in June.
On the weekend, Top Tennis held their penultimate major tournament for the year.
The two-day Junior Development Series tournament was focused on preparing players for breaking into the tournament scene.
Featuring players from Brisbane and Toowoomba competing in hot shots and age group categories, Glinster said Ipswich was well represented.
"We were amazed by the numbers who competed and the positive feedback about our fantastic venue,” he said.
"For some it was the first time they had played on clay giving them that French Open feeling.”
Claire Gould and Luca O'Connor from TTA took out the 13s-and-under girls doubles title, with Claire also finishing third overall in the singles event after a very close contest.
The final tournament of the year will see top ranked junior and senior players compete for prizemoney and ranking points in the second week of November.
Fellow Ipswich pair Tamsyn Gould and Braithan Ward also reached the semi finalists in the 11-and-under combined boys and girls doubles.
Between the Australian Prize Money Tournament and the final rounds of the club competition, Glinster said he was excited about the growth of tennis heading into the Brisbane International and Australian Open.
"We look forward to our next event in November which will bring some of the top ranked players to our doorstep,” he said.
"See you all at Top Tennis Academy for a play on the clay.”
Hot Shots coaching and junior development coaching
Personal fitness, adult coaching and social
Saturday afternoon fixtures (juniors and adults)
Club Challenge Day, October 23
Australian Prize Money Tournament, November 11-13
Holiday camps and clinic over the Christmas period