Zoe Moffat set to defend Scottish National Championships title at Tennis Scotland Open Tour Masters

Saturday, December 15, 2018

The Tennis Scotland Open Tour Masters is the finale of the new nationwide progressive tournament structure which returned for a second year after the fantastic success of the pilot in 2017.

The action got up and running last night with men's doubles ties before men's singles and women's singles begins this Saturday morning, with Moffat facing Susanna Porter in her opening match.

The University of Stirling star and Whitecraigs coach said: "I expect it to be a good, tough match although I've never actually played Susanna in singles before. I played her in doubles at the TS1000 a couple of weeks ago though, she's a good player and she's doing well at Stirling University, so I'm looking forward to the opportunity to go compete against her.

"The level of the tournament is pretty strong. Maia is the number one seed and is coming of the back of some great results at Futures and GB Universities. Ultimately I just want to go out and enjoy the event and try to put my best tennis on the court."

Moffat recalled with fondness her victory in the equivalent event last year, adding: "Last year's event was pretty successful for me. I played well throughout the weekend and it's always nice to come away with the title. Tennis Scotland put on a great event that was really enjoyable to be a part of and I am looking forward to being back this year.

"Since then and 2018 has been pretty mixed for me. I've had a few ups and downs but I got some confidence from putting together a decent run during the summer with the highlight so far playing with the West of Scotland and winning our division at county cup last month."

Much of Moffat's year has been sampling the new format of the Tennis Scotland Open Tour 2018 and the 24-year-old believes it has really enhanced the domestic calendar.

She said: "I think it's great for Scottish tennis to pull the tournaments into a bit more of a circuit. It was fantastic to see so many tennis players of all ages and abilities competing in the TS300, TS500 and TS1000 series over Scotland this winter. It'll be great to see how the full TS1000 calendar looks for 2019, and I'm looking forward to seeing the TS300 leaderboard, with rewards for anyone who just gets out and competes."

Looking ahead to 2019, Moffat concluded: "I think mainly my aim is to just keep enjoying my tennis alongside completing my PhD to become an accredited sport psychologist. I'm looking to compete in the TS1000s and hopefully help the West gain promotion in winter and summer county cup. Alongside this it'll be great to be able to watch some of the players I'm coaching from Whitecraigs compete in some of the same events, with the opportunity provided to everyone."

All this weekend's tournament information and the full draw can be viewed at: https://bit.ly/2QLV2JP



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