Play commenced for day one of the Margaret Court Cup at the Albury grasscourts on Friday.
Among those to take to the courts included two teams from Japan who landed on the Border earlier this week.
While it's the fourth visit to the Border for Hiroyuki Kimata, the Japanese coach said it marked the first time competing in the tournament for five of his players.
For many of the talented youngsters it's also their first time experiencing playing on grass.
"They haven't played much on grass," Kimata said.
"It's very exciting for them and a little bit tricky.
"They usually play on artificial grass."
The Japanese players will be on the Border for the next week as they look to tackle the grass courts in Wodonga at the conclusion of the Margaret Court Cup for the Victorian Junior Grasscourt Championships.
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"We'll play the two tournaments here and then after that we'll move to Melbourne for two days to watch the Australian Open," Kimata said.
Since arriving on Tuesday the Japanese camp has spent their time familiarising themselves with the Albury courts, as well as trying to cool off at the pool.
Eight players make up the second Japanese team, while South Africa is also well represented at the tournament this year, with the absence of players from the Pacific region.
Many players from the North East also showcased their ability for the day one singles matches, including youngsters Victoria Moscher, Will Robertson, Rory Carlyle, Chelsea Mcgrath and Jessica Knoth.
Albury's Ephraim Mitchell also found form early to win his AMT men's qualifier on Friday morning.
Border tennis product Ella Brown has her sights set on improving her performance this year, as she prepares for her first match of the tournament on Saturday after receiving a bye for round one.
The 14-year-old from Albury said she was very familiar with her first opponent in the under-14's girls singles, with some friendly competition expected.
"I might have to play one of my friends on Saturday," Brown said.
"I think I made the quarters last year, so I'm hoping to do a bit better this year."
Brown will also contest the AMT doubles later in the week, teaming up with a friend from Melbourne.
Around 350 players will grace Border courts over the course of the five day event which concludes next Tuesday.
It comes after 50 players were unable to attend due to ongoing air quality concerns due to the region's bushfires.
Conditions will continue to be monitored throughout the tournament.