ACE: Hervey Bay's Jess Burke in action at the 2016 Maryborough Junior Masters. The region's best juniors will flock to the Heritage City for the two-day event this weekend.
ACE: Hervey Bay's Jess Burke in action at the 2016 Maryborough Junior Masters. The region's best juniors will flock to the Heritage City for the two-day event this weekend. Alistair Brightman

CQ's best to travel to the M'boro Masters

TENNIS: Central Queensland's best junior tennis players will converge on Maryborough for the Junior Masters this weekend.

The tournament, which will run from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon, is one of 13 junior masters carnivals on the Central Queensland calendar, and the seventh to be played this season.

Maryborough's Bruce Rayner said players would travel from as far as Rockhampton for the two-day event.

The carnival is one of two "C” category tournaments on the CQ program, making it vital for players who intend to represent CQ at the Queensland Junior Teams event later this year,

Players must compete in two A+, one A and one B category tournament in addition to one C category event to qualify for CQ representation.

The masters carnival will feature players from 10 & Under to 17/U, with male and female singles and doubles on show at the Alice St courts.

It will also feature a Green and Orange Ball component.

The International Tennis Federation initiatives are designed for players new to the sport.

The Green Ball uses a 75% compression ball in the 10/U age group. The Orange Ball uses a 50% compression ball and is played on a smaller court. Rayner said the softer bounce made it easier for players to hit the ball, allowing for better and more complete contact.

Among the local players to watch are Josh Braund and Isaac Ogilvie, while national representative Alec Braund may also feature.

The CQ finals will be held at Biloela on October 13-14, with the Queensland Junior Development Series finals at Rockhampton Regional Tennis Centre on October 20-21.

Saturday's games will run from 8am until about 5pm, with Sunday's games and finals to run from 8am until 3pm.

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