Moore of same at Ballina New Year Open

HE’S BACK: Lismore tennis player Nathan Moore has entered the Ballina New Year Open after a successful return from injury in a Lismore tournament last week.
HE’S BACK: Lismore tennis player Nathan Moore has entered the Ballina New Year Open after a successful return from injury in a Lismore tournament last week. Cathy Adams

LISMORE tennis player Nathan Moore will continue on his road to recovery when he takes part in the Ballina New Year Open.

Moore, 24, is coming off his first competition in 18 months after returning from a shoulder injury at the Lismore Open Championship last week.

"I was really happy with how I went considering I hadn't played for so long," Moore said.

"It's just good to be back playing again.

"A lot of people hang around for both tournaments, so it should be some good competition."

Nathan is the younger brother of Brendan Moore, who has also had his fair share of injuries over the years.

The pair was set to play doubles together at Ballina before Brendan returned to Guam to play and coach.

It leaves the door open for Nathan to team with Reece Williamson in the doubles.

"We've known each other for a few years, but this will be the first time Reece and I have played together," Moore said.

"I've trained in Guam and I'd definitely like to get back there one day.

"It's a nice little place and I wouldn't mind the US or France either."

But first Moore will have to clock up plenty of hours on the court locally to get back to his best.

Reconstructive shoulder surgery coupled with a cyst in the same shoulder led to the lengthy lay-off.

The Lismore tournament came just four weeks after Moore first got back into training.

"It (shoulder) got stiffer as the tournament went on," Moore said.

"A lot of people seem to get long-term injuries in the sport; it's just the way it is.

"I'm working fulltime at Norco and they've always been extremely supportive."

Entries have closed for the four-day Ballina tournament starting Thursday.

 

Ballina New Year Open

How many players: 90

Divisions: Three top senior grades in men and women's singles and doubles

Junior action: Includes 16 and under, 14 and under, 10 and under

20 locals make up the field with the majority of visitors coming from south-east Queensland



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