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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
My coach, Jane O'Donoghue, does a lot of the time.

Who were your tennis idols growing up?
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?
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?
Wimbledon, again, and grass.

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

Do you have any short or long-term goals?
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?
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?
I really wanted to become a paleontologist, so I think I would have gone into that.

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