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Wes sets sights on London

By Mark Etheridge

Wes Moodie, our top-ranked tennis doubles player, has put aside the disappointment of this month’s Davis Cup loss to Germany and set his sights on the year-end London Masters.

After the 5-0 whitewash suffered to Germany on the clay courts of Stuttgart, Moodie again teamed up with Belgian stalwart Dick Norman for the Open de Moselle tournament in Metz, France where they went down in the semi-finals.

“Yes, Davis Cup was tough,” reflected Moodie this week. “We put up a fight in all the matches but the Germans played well on a surface that they are very suited to.”

“In Metz I was left feeling very frustrated as it was a tournament I felt we really should have won and we were seeded first.”

Moodie and Norman beat Jonathan Erlich and Denis Istomin (Isael/Uzbekistan) easily enough in the first round (6-4 6-4) and then accounted for the British pair of Colin Fleming and Ken Skupsi 6-6 6-4 in the next round. They then came up against the eventual tournament winners in Dustin Brown and Rogier Wassen in the semis, going down 7-6 6-3 to the Jamaican/Netherland combo.

Now up to 18th in the ATP world doubles rankings, a rise of two spots, Moodie outlined the remainder of his year.

“Well we’re ranked the fourth best team in the world at the moment and hoping to make the London Masters at the end of the year for top eight singles and top eight doubles teams. Before then I’m off to Asia for tournaments in Tokyo and Shanghai and then the home stretch in Europe. And then also really looking forward to my time in South Africa in December.”