Lismore tennis player Brendan Moore.
Lismore tennis player Brendan Moore.

Moore pain on way to winning

PLAYING just doubles with his brother at the Lismore Easter Open tennis tournament proved more painful for the injured Brendan Moore than he expected but they still came up with a tight win in the final.

Moore, 25, has stress fractures to his right tibia (shin bone) and is not expected to return to the ATP Tour until August or September.

But on Sunday night he combined with his brother Nathan, 22, for a 6-3 4-6 10-6 (super tie-break) win over Mick Sherry (Casino) and Sean Brazel (Brisbane).

It was the fourth time the Lismore brothers had won the men's open doubles in their home-town tournament.

"It wasn't easy," Brendan Moore said yesterday.

"Nathan had to do a lot of the work and he came up with a couple of good shots at critical moments in the super tie-break.

"I expected the leg to be sore but not this sore. It's very tender.

"I was playing only one match a day but the hard surface took its toll."

Brendan Moore was doubtful whether he would play the Casino Open Championships this weekend but if he did, it would be only in the doubles again with Nathan.

"I need to get fit," he said of his hopes for the rest of the year.

"I've had the problem for quite a while but it was just treated by physios as shin splints until it became too bad and I had a scan.

"It's a tricky problem because although you need to rest it, even everyday movements such as walking put pressure on the bone," he said.

Earlier on Sunday, Grafton player Jacob Sullivan, the top seed in the absence of Brendan Moore, defeated Stephen Gort of Mullumbimby 6-3 6-3 in the men's open singles final.

In the 18 years and under boys singles final, Jack Maddocks (Newcastle) accounted for Reid Feehan (Tweed Heads) 6-3 6-1.

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