Brendan Moore of Lismore steadies to hit a volley at the Ballina Open.
Brendan Moore of Lismore steadies to hit a volley at the Ballina Open.

Veteran glad to be back on court

LISMORE journeyman Brendan Moore is proud of the fact that he has played tennis on every continent - except Antarctica.

And while the ATP World Tour player considers this time of a year his holiday, the 25-year-old was

focussed enough to take out the open men's final 6-4 6-3 at the Ballina New Year Open against Redcliffe player Brad Clews yesterday.

It caps a big five days for Moore who has now won back-to-back titles in the Ballina New Year Open and the Lismore Open tennis tournament which finished last Thursday.

"This is the time of year where I like to come home and see my family," Moore said.

"It's tough to remain focussed, but it's important to get some cash together to help on the ATP World Tour.

"There were a few tight moments in the Ballina final, but my serve and fitness in the heat got me home."

Illness prevented Moore from competing in the Brisbane International last week and he also had a shoulder injury that slowed him down in 2011.

He plans to play pro events in Tasmania, Caloundra, Toowoomba and Mildura before heading back to the United States in March.

"I'm sitting at around 600 in the world rankings and I want to get down into the 400s," Moore said.

"I'm looking forward to getting back to one match a day and training in the gym."

Less than two years ago Moore was ranked as low as 1355 after taking time off to have a double shoulder reconstruction.

And after a career of injuries and setbacks, he has no plans of slowing up.

"It's a good lifestyle and tennis has taken me all over the world," he said.

"I'm going to keep doing it for as long as I can."

This is the time of year where I like to come home and see my family



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