A 12-MONTH break has brought out the best in Lismore tennis player Brendan Moore after he returned to the court two months ago.
Moore, 28, has won all five tournaments that he has played since his first competition back at Inverell in March.
His latest win came at the weekend when he took out the men's singles final at the Ipswich Open.
He was seeded eighth and beat No 2 seed Calum Puttergill 6-4 6-1 in the final.
Moore played professionally for years and was among the top 30 players in Australia at one point.
He now spends most of his time coaching at home and overseas.
"It's great to play tournaments and not have the pressure of playing professionally hanging over you," Moore said.
"The kids I coach play in the tournaments and it made sense for me to start playing again.
"Being on the road for a few years and playing multiple tournaments can wear you down physically.
"Ultimately it was the injuries that made me decide to hang it up."
Moore has also won at Casino, Gold Coast and Tweed Heads this year.
He started 2015 coaching overseas and is about to head to America for another block of training.
Despite injuries which have included two shoulder reconstructions and stress fractures in both legs, Moore considers himself lucky to make a living through tennis.
He has not ruled a return to the professional ranks if he keeps performing.
"I'm lucky that I can still be involved in the sport I love," Moore said. "If I keep this form up it would be interesting to go back on tour and I definitely won't say no at this stage."
Moore will play tournaments in Queensland when he returns from America.
He is also available for coaching locally at the Goonellabah Sports Club if players are interested.
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