COMPETITIVE tennis is set to return to the Wimmera in a matter of weeks.
Tennis Victoria released guidelines for a COVID-safe return on Thursday evening, opening the door for the Central Wimmera Tennis Association's 2020-2021 season.
Association president Jeremy Quast said the season would now look to begin on October 10.
He said it was a highly-anticipated return after last season was prematurely cut short.
"It's very exciting to get the green light," Mr Quast said.
"Tennis Victoria has been fantastic in getting info released and getting on the front foot to help clubs out.
"We all want to return and we're all really excited."
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With no sport and limited outdoor recreation across winter due to COVID-19, Mr Quast said he was hopeful for a potential influx of players.
Mr Quast, who is also a professional coach in the region, said he had already seen an increase in junior participants.
Tennis was one of the few recreational sports that was able to be played during stage three lockdown.
"Because kids couldn't do swimming, dance, basketball, or all these other sports, tennis became a really great opportunity for kids to leave the house," he said.
"We've picked up three extra junior teams from last year already - for a country town, I think that is huge."
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