Moore in race for Ballina
NORTH Coast semi-professional tennis player Brendan Moore returned to Australia injured on Saturday but hopes to be fit in time for the Ballina competition in the New Year.
Moore received 10 stiches to a deep cut on his right hand following a midnight mishap in his hotel room while competing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Moore and doubles partner Chris Letcher had just spent 10 weeks on the tennis circuit where they won a US competition, going on to play throughout Mexico before travelling to Kuala Lumpur.
“I actually tripped over my tennis bag returning from the bathroom with a glass of water,” he said.
“I didn’t want to wake Chris so I hadn’t turned the light on.”
The pair ended up spending half the night at hospital and both had to withdraw from the tournament.
After Ballina Moore hopes to hit the South Australian circuit in February and break back into the ATP top 1000.
“I’m working on my fitness at the moment as I can’t do any racquet work,” he said.
“I’ll get the stiches out later this week and see how we go.
“This year has been a bit of a write-off.
“I had to have shoulder surgery and shin splints from playing on the hard surfaces.
“My form was good before the hand accident and I was enjoying the competition over there.
“I’d really like to crack the top 1000 again.”
Winning the US event bolstered the pair’s confidence and helped with travel expenses.
“We won the doubles and both played the final of the singles,” Moore said.
“I won that but we split the money down the middle.
“Mexico was about playing for condition as much as anything.
“It was extremely hot, phenomenally humid and we also played at altitude.