Moore served a bad break
LISMORE tennis player Brendan Moore will be out of action for at least six months after suffering stress fractures to his right tibia.
Moore retired hurt when 3-2 down in the first set against No.2 seed Ze Zhang in the first round of the Toowoomba Men's Pro tournament on Wednesday.
He attempted to play through the pain after he was diagnosed with the stress fractures last Friday.
"I've been playing with pain for a while now," Moore said.
"I've always had a bit of trouble with shin splints and I thought that's what it was again.
"It was only after an event in Caloundra last week when I could barely walk at the end of the match that I knew something was wrong."
Moore has had his fair share of injuries over the years, including two shoulder reconstructions.
He's also had to deal with a bout of food poising before a pro event in El Salvador and suffered a severe laceration to his forearm when he slipped into glass in a motel room.
"You name it and I've had it happen to me," Moore said.
Moore, 25, who is now based in Brisbane, returned to Lismore in January to win the Lismore Open Championship and Ballina New Year Open.
He had planned to play a string of Australian Money Tournaments before heading to the United States for the majority of the year.
"It's going to be at least eight weeks before I can do any running or impact work," he said.
"It's a massive blow because I wanted to go back overseas to play.
"All I can do is rest up and hope for the best."
The extended break will give Moore the chance to finish a diploma in personal training at Tafe.
"I always planned to finish that off and it will keep me occupied," he said. "It sucks to have another injury but what can you do?
"I'm keen to come back and give it another crack."