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Getting To Know... Tara Moore

Before her first round meeting with former runner-up Vera Zvonareva, British wildcard Tara Moore talked about her globe-trotting past and love of all things SW19.

Published June 24, 2014 12:12

Getting To Know... Tara Moore
Tara Moore

LONDON, England - Twelve months ago, Tara Moore lost on her Wimbledon main draw debut, but not before winning plenty of admirers for her spirited showing. Taking on big-serving Kaia Kanepi, she made a mockery of her ranking of No.194, coming within a couple of games of victory only to fall agonizingly short.

On Tuesday, the Briton returns to her home major to take on another big name, former Wimbledon runner-up Vera Zvonareva. Before that, though, she sat down with wtatennis.com to discuss late starts, her globe-trotting childhood and Tamarine Tanasugarn.

Where were you born and where did you grow up?
TM:
I was born in Hong Kong, but I grew up in England and America - I went to Bollettieri. I moved to England from Hong Kong when I was three. Moved back to Hong Kong when I was seven and then to America when I was 10! My family is in the UK now and they live in Doncaster.

How did you start playing tennis?
TM:
My mum wanted me to get into shape and she got me playing tennis. I think I was seven when I started, so I was quite late.

Can you tell us a little bit about your family?
TM:
I have a stepdad, his name's Kevin. My dad's called Ian and my mum's Monet. No siblings, but I've got a dog! His name's Mylo and he's a Jack Russell. My dad works in finance and my mum doesn't work.

Can you talk about your early coaching?
TM:
I had a sponsor that took me over to the Bollettieri. So I spent most of my tennis growing years in Florida. Now I train at the National Tennis Centre, in Roehampton.

Does anyone travel with you on tour?
TM:
My coach, Jane O'Donoghue, does a lot of the time.

Who were your tennis idols growing up?
TM:
I really liked Tamarine Tanasugarn - she was one of my favorite players. It's quite cool because now, although we're not really good friends, I know her pretty well. I used to watch her a lot when I was younger because she's from an Asian background as well and she was pretty big when I was in Hong Kong.

What's the best memory of your tennis career?
TM:
It has to be playing here. The first time I played here it was just surreal - you don't get much better than playing at Wimbledon, really!

What's your favorite surface and tournament?
TM:
Wimbledon, again, and grass.

How would you describe your playing style?
TM:
Pretty aggressive - it suits grass, I think.

Do you have any short or long-term goals?
TM:
I just want to be the best player I can be. Try as much as I can all the time and just look to get the best performances out of myself.

How do you relax when you're not playing tennis?
TM:
I like shopping - who doesn't? I also like going to theatre shows. I'm going to watch The Book of Mormon soon, which is supposed to be good.

What would you have done if you hadn't become a tennis player?
TM:
I really wanted to become a paleontologist, so I think I would have gone into that.

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