Perth WA, Australia, 17 October 2014 | Tennis Australia

World number 171 Hiroko Kuwata (JPN) will headline the field at the Perth Tennis International at the State Tennis Centre from 19-26 October, 2014.

Local tennis fans will have the opportunity to attend the free event and watch the likes of Kuwata and Alize Lim (FRA) along with a crop of up-and-coming female tennis stars from around Australia and the world to compete for $25,000 in prize money and valuable world ranking points.

Kuwata will face strong competition from international competitors including Dia Evtimova (BUL), Chieh-Yu Hsu (TPE) and Rebecca Peterson (SWE)as well as home-grown crowd favourite, Jessica Moore (Williams, WA) who is making a solid comeback to the circuit after a near 12-month absence.

Moore will be joined by top Australian female talent including ninth-ranked Australian Monique Adamczak (NSW), Isabella Holland (QLD) and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sally Peers (VIC) who will all battle it out in the qualifying rounds of the tournament.

Local WA players Karis Ryan, Maddison Inglis, Tiewa Casey, Marisa Gianotti, Maria Knott, Anja Dokic, Meg Connell, Sara Stikic, Olivia Rimmer and Jasmine Corswell will also be vying for spots in the main draw.

“It’s fantastic to see such a strong field for the Perth Tennis International. These events provide a chance for Australian players to play top quality professional tennis, and allow the local community to get close to the action free of charge,” said tournament director Loretta Hughes.

Hughes also praised the Department of Sport & Recreation for their ongoing support and encouraged the community to get behind the future of Australian tennis at the event.

“Following last year’s success, we hope the local community can once again head down to watch our country’s up and coming tennis stars take their next step onto the global tennis stage at this free community event,” Hughes said.

From 21-23 October, the tournament will host Community Activations and tennis programs with local primary schools.

As well as watching top quality tennis, kids will be able to try ANZ Tennis Hot Shots, watch a Cardio Tennis demonstration or have a go at the Speed Serve.

Qualifying will begin on Sunday 19 October and the main draw on Tuesday 21 October with play commencing at 10am each day.