Inverell Tennis Club is preparing to host a record number of participants to the annual Club Championships this weekend.
Originally planning for around 30 junior and senior entries, this year the club has recieved 58 entries across 15 events.
Inverell Tennis Club's Greg Fleming COVID-19 has seen many new faces take the courts and a few old faces who weren't able to play other sport this year.
Unfortunately, there was not enough entries to host the open ladies championships this year but all other events will go ahead, including a new one.
"Ben Butler has stiff competition this year, with around four or five good competitors entering the men's singles event. Ben has won the event the past three years so it'll be good to see him take on a challenge," he said.
The men's singles received 12 entries and the special men's doubles received four pair entries. Six entries have been put in for the new event- a junior doubles competition.
The senior men's doubles saw four pairs enter and the open men's doubles will feature seven pairs. The open ladies doubles will feature four.
Four teams will compete in the open mixed. The B-grade men's singles received 10 entries, and the B-grade men's doubles tallied eight. Five entries were received for the B-grade ladies doubles and eight in the B-grade mixed.
There will be three or four compete in the C-grade men's doubles and four in the ladies doubles. The C-grade mixed doubles will see similar player numbers as well as the C-grade men's singles.
The club hasn't been too heavily impacted by COVID-19, but there are still some restrictions in place, such as maintaining social distancing and playing matches at the same end.
"That's where we've been very lucky with tennis because it's non-contact. We've been able to do it for the last month or so, get back and play our competitions and social tennis and all that."
After the clubhouse renovation was completed back in March, the club is now hoping to get some more courts lit. Eight out of the 21 courts are currently lit up.
"We want to try and get at least another four courts lit up going forward. We would like to see that done in the next 12 months or so," Fleming said.
On top of the larger tournaments that are coming up, the club also hosts a Fast 4 competition on Wednesday nights, as well as a doubles competition on Thursday nights. For more information, visit the Inverell Tennis Club Facebook page.