HARRY Bourchier hopes becoming the first home-state winner of the Tasmanian Open will set him up for shots at both the Burnie and Launceston international tennis tournaments.
The Kingston teenager won $1600 for becoming the first Tasmanian winner since the tournament attained platinum status four years ago, but said the bigger picture is where it leaves him heading into the state's back-to-back pro tour events.
``I've been training hard over the last couple of weeks after my loss at the Australian Open qualifiers,'' Bourchier said after winning the Tasmanian Open final in Launceston.
``I was pretty upset with how I went there so happy to come here and win at my first attempt. I've put in the work and had a bit of expectation on myself so I'm glad I'm playing well leading in to Burnie and Launceston.
``I'm definitely looking to do well there this year but it's a pretty good field. They are pretty big tournaments and we're lucky to have got them.
``If I can do well at those, I can get some pretty high rankings and hopefully be looking to win some of them by the end of the year."
Bourchier will receive a wildcard into the main draw at Burnie where last year he had to qualify before losing in the first round.
In yesterday's wind-affected final, Victorian No.1 seed Dayne Kelly conceded after losing the first set 6-2.
In the doubles tournament, No.1 seeds and losing singles semi-finalists Darren Polkinghorne, of Adelaide, and Sydney's David Barclay defeated Victorians Matt Carroll and Themi Sitzoukis 6-2, 4-6 and 10-6 in the super tie-break.