Some of the world’s best junior tennis players will converge on the Bolton Arena when a prestigious tournament returns to the town once again.

The LTA Junior International, which runs from January 17 to 24, is steeped in history and regularly attracts stars of the future.

Open to junior players aged 14 and under it has run at the Arena since 2006 with some players from the area also getting their chance to mix it with the very best.

Since it began as Teen Tennis in 1995, it has attracted a strong field of rising stars from across the globe.

A number of previous players have gone on to reach the world’s top 10 and win major honours including Eugenie Bouchard, Caroline Wozniacki, Justine Henin, Jelena Ostapenko, Kim Clijsters, Sloane Stephens, Sir Andy Murray, Marcos Baghdatis, Lucas Pouille and Tomas Berdych.

Bianca Andreescu, the current US Open champion, competed in the 2014 event, reaching the quarter-finals of the singles and winning the doubles title.

This year’s breakout star Coco Gauff beat compatriot Alexandra Yepifanova to capture the 2017 title aged just 12 and current world number 21, Amanda Anisimova, was the runner-up in 2015.

British number two Kyle Edmund reached the last 16 of the boy’s competition back in 2009, while Canada’s Felix Auger Aliassime was a semi-finalist in both the singles and doubles in 2014.

Current world number 18, Alex Di Minaur, reached the quarter-finals of the event in 2013.

Tennis legend Bjorn Borg, considered one of the game's best ever players, was also a visitor to the Arena in 2017 to watch his son Leo progress to the consolation singles final.

Richard Joyner, LTA Tournament Director, said: “This event provides a great opportunity to see the future stars of world tennis.

"The number of players who have played this tournament and gone on to reach the higher echelons of the professional game is seriously impressive.

"It’s also a great opportunity for players from the North West, including some who train at the Bolton Arena, to compete against some of the world’s best players in their age group.”

Paul Bartle, managing director of Bolton Arena, was pleased to have the event back in town.

“We’re delighted to be hosting this prestigious event at Bolton Arena again in 2020," he said.

"The recent rapid progress of players such as Coco Gauff and Bianca Andreescu onto the major world stage reflects the high calibre of junior players from around the world who have played here with us at Bolton Arena in recent years.

"Once again we look forward to welcoming future stars of the professional game to Bolton and the North West, with everyone welcome to come to watch to catch a glimpse of these stars of the future.”

Qualifying is Friday and Saturday, January 17 and 18, with the main draw running from Sunday through to Friday, January 19 to 24, when this year's champions will be crowned.

Entry for spectators is free of charge throughout the week with all welcome to attend.