Margaret Court will return to open the tournament in her honour next month.
It’s been a number of years since the West Australian-based Court attended the opening ceremony, with the Margaret Court Cup starting in 2000.
“I basically started (the event) because kids in our our local area didn’t know who Margaret was, that happens with a lot of the past greats,” Court’s nephew and tournament coordinator Phil Shanahan said.
“I asked a lot of kids at training last night (Tuesday) what they knew about Andre Agassi and they didn’t know, so time moves on.
“Margaret’s significance is so important, so we named the tournament (after her) and to have her here is just wonderful.”
The Albury product has a world record 64 Grand Slam tournament titles, including a record 24 singles crowns.
Court will attend the opening ceremony on January 3, prior to the start of the teams event with the tournament continuing until the 8th.
The event is expected to push the record field of 410.
It will then be followed by the Victorian Grasscourt Championships in Wodonga, which runs until Sunday, January 13.
“Playing two grasscourt tournaments isn’t familiar to most players around Australia now,” Shanahan said.
“A lot of the players continue on for the Australian Open (which starts January 14), it’s really good to have back to back tournaments in the one area.
“It allows people to have two weeks of tennis and then they can travel down to Melbourne (for the Open).”
The Margaret Court Cup consistently attracts overseas players, including ITF youngsters from the Pacific region and Japan, but South Africa will be represented for the first time with five youngsters set to tackle the event.
“For a long time Australian kids had to travel to different parts of the world, it’s great the world is coming to us,” Shanahan said.
“I think the major reason (we continue to grow) is a lot of coaches from around Australia come here and bring big teams with them.
“It’s an opportunity for the coaches to travel with their players.”
The event formally started as a juniors-only tournament, but has progressed to include open-age players.
Central Coast’s Troy Lockwood toppled veteran Andrew McLean in last year’s men’s final, while Anne-Marie Medcalf defeated Alarna Parnaby in the women’s.
Medcalf is an example of a player who contested the titles as a youngster, returning six years later to claim the open title.
Over its history, thousands of players have travelled to the Border area for the Cup, providing an enormous economic boost.