ANGMERING-ON-SEA Lawn Tennis Club’s Keelan Oakley is hoping to end this year on a high.
Oakley suffered a turbulent start to 2015 and did not play his first tournament of the season until July.
A back injury forced him out of action for nine months, before a resurgence in the last few weeks.
Oakley brings his season to a close with a tournament in Bath, followed by three successive events in Cyprus.
Those three tournaments in Nicosia, Limasol and Larnaca are Future events and offer a prize pot of £10,000 for the winner.
Oakley is hoping for a positive end in those tournaments and said: “It would be great to finish the year on a high. I’ve got a tournament coming up in Bath before I travel to Cyprus.
“That will be a great chance for myself to push on up the rankings should I win a few matches.
“You are never quite sure who will be playing in these tournaments but I’m going to go out and give it my best shot.”
Oakley, who is currently ranked 1,277 in the world, has seen his ranking fall a little following a couple of injury knock-backs.
The Angmering player did reach a career high of 997 back in August, 2014.
But a back injury forced Oakley out of action for a year and that was followed by another nine month lay-off.
However, since a return in July, Oakley has managed to get through nine events.
That has pleased the Angmering talent and he is hoping to push up the rankings once again.
He added: “The ultimate aim for me is to try to get back into the top 1,000.
“Having been out for nine months, I am going into tournaments with no ranking points to defend.
“That allows me a good chance to win matches and force my way back up in and around where I want to be.”
Since returning, Oakley admitted his come-back tournament at Frinton was his highlight.
The Angmering man saw off David Rice 6-7, 6-3, 6-2 in the first round, before losing 7-5, 5-7, 3-6 to Dan Evans.
Evans has played in the Davis Cup for Great Britain and reached round four in the US Open at Flushing Meadows.
Oakley added: “That was a good match for me.
“It’s always nice to test yourself against talented guys and I felt a little unlucky to lose that day but I learned a lot.”
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