ABOVE: Brendon Moore plays a low backhand volley during the Sawtell RSL Seaside Open. He and his brother Nathan Moore now run the Casino Tennis Centre.
ABOVE: Brendon Moore plays a low backhand volley during the Sawtell RSL Seaside Open. He and his brother Nathan Moore now run the Casino Tennis Centre. Brad Greenshields

Moore tennis boys on the move

BROTHERS Brendon and Nathan Moore are now running the Casino Tennis Centre and will play in the annual Hotel Cecil Casino Open this weekend.

Brendon, 31, is a former professional from Lismore who has played all over the world before starting the Moore Tennis Academy at Terranora Lakes in recent years.

Nathan is three years younger and has played plenty of tennis before coming on as head coach at Casino.

The pair take over from Brendan Lee who ran the Racing Aces Tennis Academy before moving on to another coaching role a few months ago.

"I always wanted to get back in the area and expand the coaching business,” Brendon Moore said. "Brendan (Lee) did a great job out there and we certainly have some big shoes to fill.

"The best thing is we know and have coached a lot of the kids already and Nathan has done a lot with tennis in Lismore.”

Brendon Moore will be the number one seed in the open men's division when the three-day tournament starts on Saturday.

He has scaled back his playing commitments in recent years but is coming off a win at the Sawtell Seaside Open in August.

Brendon Moore has won the tournament more times than any other player and also holds the record for most wins in the Ballina New Year Open.

He could also win the Casino Open for an eighth time with the tournament back on after it was postponed in April due to wet weather.

"It will be a smaller field because we collide with a few other tournaments at this time of year,” Brendon Moore said.

"The draw is compact and there is some quality players in amongst it.”

Brendon Moore coaches number two seed Caleb Maxted while Jacob Sullivan is back after a stint playing at College in the United States.

Defending champion Krystal Clarke is back in the open women's competition with Casino teenager Maddison Morissey seeded fourth.

"We took Maddy away to Bundaberg and she won the Queensland Under-16 singles and doubles,” Brendon Moore said. "So she's obviously playing very well and could cause some damage.”

The Moore brothers will host a free open day with coaching sessions at the tennis centre on Tuesday. It is for all skill levels and includes lunch with other prizes and giveaways.

The open day runs from 9am to 2pm.



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