Moore on the rise
RESURGENT Lismore tennis star Brendan Moore is set to catapult to his highest ever world ranking by today.
In fact, the 24-year-old is currently as high in the standings as he has ever been at 1355, but if he continues his current roll could be into the 800s by Sunday.
And his injury worries, it seems, could be behind him.
The big baseliner has been fighting back to fitness after a double shoulder reconstruction, and is now showing signs of delivering on a world of promise.
Last month, Moore took out the Casino Town Tennis Open with the aid of pain-killing cortisone injections. Yesterday, he cruised into the semi-finals of the City of Ipswich Tennis International – no help needed.
Instead of the injections, a racket modification is proving fruitful for Moore as he charges back on to the scene.
“The shoulder is holding up pretty well now, we just took a bit of weight out of the racket and it seems to be working,” Moore said.
After entering the Ipswich tournament as a qualifier Moore on Thursday disposed of Andrew Thomas in a second set tie-breaker.
And yesterday, he took on No 4 seed Victorian Andrew Gregory in the quarter-finals and had a comfortable straight sets 6-2 6-3 victory.
Both players held serve early in the first set before Moore broke in the sixth game of the set to take a 4-2 lead.
Moore then held serve before breaking Gregory again in the eighth to take the first set 6-2 in 54 minutes.
As with the first set, both players battled hard early before Moore again broke in the sixth before Gregory broke straight back for a 4-3 lead to Moore.
Moore then broke again in the eighth and then held his nerve to serve out the set 6-3, earning him a career-best semi-finals spot.
In their previous two meetings, Moore has won once and withdrawn injured during the other match. Yesterday was the first time the pair faced off on clay.
The Lismore lad has been able to revert to his favoured single-handed backhand at the Ipswich tournament after trialling a double-hander to reduce the strain on his shoulder.
But the strength is back in the long right-arm and all signs are good for a serious assault on the Australian and world ATP rankings.
“I am trying to play steady, focussing on every point. It’s been difficult coming back from such a long time off.,” Moore said.
“It’s easy to lose concentration after such a long break but I am enjoying my tennis at the moment and looking forward to the semi-final.
“I am enjoying the clay and the rest away from tennis has obviously proven to be a good thing.”