BENJAMIN Spencer might only be 12 but the Warrnambool athlete is already an eight-year veteran of tennis.
The South West Academy of Sport athlete was one of hundreds hitting the courts for the Warrnambool Grasscourt Open on Monday.
Spencer, who will start at Warrnambool College in the new year, said he'd spent a long time preparing for the tournament.
"I've been trying to get used to the new racquets I've got," he said.
"I've been doing that to get ready, really. I probably want to work on my serves to get some power in.
"After I have a few training sessions, I want to be ready for the big moments."
Spencer had two matches on Monday, winning his first against Lane Studer 6-4, 6-0 and losing his second to Hayoto Sata 6-1, 6-1.
He said the chance to play against players from across the state was exciting.
"It's good because you're playing a lot and you're playing different people," Spencer said.
"It's a good challenge. Tennis wouldn't be fun without a challenge like that."
Spencer was originally coached at the Warrnambool Indoor Tennis Centre but said he'd move to the Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club on the back of the indoor centre's closure.
It's a good challenge. Tennis wouldn't be fun without a challenge like that.- Benjamin Spencer
He said he was still relishing the chance to hit the court.
"It's my number one sport because I don't play any others and I've been playing since I was about four," Spencer said.
"I stick to the one sport. I've been doing lots of training with my coach. I'll be doing more down here now and with (South West Academy of Sport) I'm doing a bit in the gym and things like that."
Spencer is competing in the under 12 boys singles grade. The Warrnambool Grasscourt Open will run right through the week until finals on Friday.
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