An Australian Davis Cup legend has praised the Border's tennis facilities.
Former world number one doubles player John Fitzgerald is currently in Wodonga to watch his son Patrick contest the Victorian Junior Grasscourt Championships AMT men's singles event.
The Fitzgerald family has been visiting the Border for years and holds the annual tournament in high regard.
"It attracts good players and it's a good standard, but it's the environment more than anything for me," Fitzgerald said.
"I played here with my son when he was a little tacker and it's just a nice place to be.
"He (Patrick) has had a year and a half off from tennis and wants to play again."
After spending much of 2020 under the grip of Melbourne's strict COVID-19 lockdown, Fitzgerald admitted being in a regional setting was a welcomed change.
"It was a bit like groundhog day everyday for a lot of months," he said.
"It was a little bit trying, so we're happy to get in the car and come up to a regional area."
Fitzgerald represented the Australian Davis Cup team for 10 years and rose to take on the prestigious title of captain, a time he looks back on fondly.
"That was my tennis life really," he said.
"I always wanted to win Wimbledon, but when you realise you can't do that, then the other great ambition I always had was to play for Australia.
"Then to captain the team was a really great part of my life.
"I just hope the Davis Cup has a future."
Since retiring, Fitzgerald now works for Tennis Australia and has participated in several drought and bushfire relief tours.
During the Australian Open he can be found commentating for Tennis Australia's world feed, which is then delivered to other English speaking countries.
He admitted he's glad to see the Grand Slam going ahead this year despite the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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"I guess we still don't know exactly how it's going to be," he said.
"It'll be different, but it'll be good."
Thursday marked day two of the Victorian Junior Grasscourt Championships.
Albury's Jade Culph was bundled out of the men's singles in round four after falling to David Hough of Traralgon.
Hough took the first set 6-0 and was challenged by Culph in the second, but hung on to close out the match 7-6.
Patrick Fitzgerald defeated Yuri Mijic to advance to the semi-finals.
Culph and Fitzgerald have partnered up to take on the men's doubles event.
In the women's singles, Zali Morris, Breanna Cerasa, Nicole Mullen and Jane Haeusler will contest the semi-finals.