“Absolutely terrifying” – Former British No. 1 Tara Moore reveals huge legal bills plaguing her after fighting anti-doping suspension

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Tara Moore at the 2024 Nottingham Open (Source: Getty)

Tara Moore, the former doubles British No. 1, spoke about the huge legal bills plaguing her as she eyes a comeback to tennis after an anti-doping suspension. Moore was suspended from tennis for 19 months after a banned substance was found in her blood. However, she was cleared of the charges in December 2023.

The Brit posted a legal bill of £14,665 on X (formerly Twitter) that she has to pay for the ongoing anti-doping proceedings. Moore captioned the post:

"This is just some of the stuff I’m still dealing with. It’s very much NOT over for me and it’s absolutely terrifying."

This comes days after she launched a GoFundMe campaign to help finance her comeback to tennis. Moore wrote in a heartfelt note that her journey back to tennis would not be easy and she urged people to donate.

"As you know my journey back has not been easy and will not continue to be easy. I’ve started a go fund me to help with costs associated with everything that’s happened. Please donate and share if you can, if not, don’t hate! Good vibes only! Thanks so much," she wrote on X.

Moore also roped in top tennis stars such as Ons Jabeur and Karolina Muchova to help further her cause, launching a giveaway promising tennis apparel signed by them.

Tara Moore returns to tennis after two years

Tara Moore (R) posing with runners-up trophy at ITF Great Britain 07A
Tara Moore (R) posing with runners-up trophy at ITF Great Britain 07A

Tara Moore started playing tennis again in May 2024 after being out of tennis for about two years. The Brit played her first match at ITF Italy 06A partnering with Annali Olivelle and won the match 2-6, 7-6(5), [10,6]. However, they lost in the second round.

After her first match in almost two years, Moore wrote on X that it meant everything to her to be able to play tennis again.

"If someone told me 2 years ago I’d be playing tennis again I would have never believed it. It wasn’t pretty and it wasn’t my favourite surface but it still means more than anything," Tara Moore wrote.

She then played another ITF event in Portugal, partnering with Sarah Beth Grey, and won the first match before falling in the second round. In an ITF tournament in her hometown, Moore reached the finals but lost in the title clash.

The Brit was given a wildcard at the Nottingham Open along with Grey, but the duo lost in the first round to fourth-seed Ena Shibahara and Heather Watson. Moore and Grey also participated in the Birmingham Open but lost to Miyu Kato and Zhang Shuai in the first round.

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