State?s best deliver finals

YOUNG Queensland tennis stars will hit Rockhampton this weekend for the Head Queensland Junior Masters Finals.

With teams from Toowoomba, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Northern Queensland, Central West Queensland, Central Queensland and northern New South Wales, the masters is set to be a tough competition.

Before making it to this weekend's competition all players have to first qualify through the junior masters circuit played out in their regions.

Tournament director of the event for the past six years, Ken Hick, said it will be a "pretty tough couple of days'' for the young players.

There are 16-player teams, and each team has two people for each age group and gender.

Each team will play five matches throughout the day, and the winner of each match will be the best of two sets.

The finals are held in Rockhampton every year because of the city's geographic location and the great facilities the city has to offer. "We have a big centre that we can run it at, Victoria Park'' Mr Hick said.

"There are 25 courts and we'll have the whole complex churning for the whole weekend.''

The tournament will start at 8am Saturday and will be played into the night.

Semi-finals and finals of the tournament will be played on Sunday morning, with the trophy presentation starting after lunch.

The team age groups are under 11 boys and girls; under 13 boys and girls; under 15 boys and girls; and under 17 boys and girls.

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