Moore merrier after a big comeback victory
LISMORE tennis player Brendan Moore returned to the court in style with a win in the Warragundi Tamworth Easter Open on Monday afternoon.
It was his first tournament back after stress fractures in both legs meant he missed 12 months of competition. Moore, 26 was seeded number two and beat sixth seed Nathan Doney 6-2 6-2 in the final.
He also beat No.1 seed Troy Lockwood in the quarter-finals before a 6-2 6-2 win against No.3 seed Ethan Coker in the semi-final.
"It was a thrill just to be back on the court," Moore said.
"I had no expectations going in and just wanted to get through it unscathed.
"There were a few new faces getting around but nothing much has changed.
"Each match was a tough one and it was the sort of tournament that anyone could have won.
"You have to go in level-headed and with the right attitude to win."
The silver-ranked Australian Money Tournament is the first of many that Moore hopes to play before he heads back overseas.
He had hoped his first tournament back would be in front of friends and family at the Lismore Easter Classic.
The tournament had to be cancelled three weeks ago because of lack of sponsors.
Moore hopes to play tournaments at Chinchilla or Gosford this month before one at Casino.
"I'm pretty well back in the full swing of thing now and I'm just monitoring my legs," he said.
"I do all my cardio on bikes or in the water and that seems to be working."
Moore took a protected ATP ranking when he was injured and is still around the 580 mark.
He hopes to keep improving before moving to South America for 2014.
"I think I play my best tennis over there and the quicker services suit me," Moore said.
"My doubles partner is based there now and I'll be able to start playing with him again."