WARRNAMBOOL tennis ace Matt Moloney is relishing the chance to play at a higher level.
Moloney, 27, is playing in Tennis Victoria’s premier league pennant competition.
The tennis coach, who runs his business out of Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club, is representing Country All-Stars.
It is one of seven pennant sides in the seven-round competition.
Moloney, who played in round one but was unavailable in round two, said his team dropped its first two games.
He said it had been a learning curve.
“It’s the strongest pennant in Victoria,” he said.
“This year they put in a Country All-Stars team.
“I got an email to see if I was interested in playing in the team.
“I need more singles under my belt but it’s hard because I am coaching at the lawn tennis club every day.
“It is a really good experience playing with the top players.
“Hopefully it will improve my tennis because you are a good chance to play people who are better than you.”
Moloney said the quality of the opposition was high.
Former Australian professional Peter Luczak plays for pennant side MCC.
“A lot of the number one and two players are tour players,” Moloney said.
“Our number one player, Andrew Gregory, used to be on the tour as well.
“I play at number four in the singles and number one in the doubles.”
Country All-Stars have suffered heavy losses to Kooyong Lawn and MCC.
They play Royal South Yarra in round three on March 15.
The competition finishes with finals and semi-finals on April 13.
Moloney will use the break to play in the three-day Warrnambool Lawn Tennis Club Open this weekend.
He will play open singles, doubles and mixed doubles.
“It’ll be pretty tough. The number one player, RyanAgar, has a number one ranking and the top three players should be really strong as well,” Moloney said.
“I am hoping to win a couple of rounds.”