IF NOT for the Asia-Pacific Tennis League, Flagstaff Freighters recruit Jess Moore may still be in Perth working part-time jobs.
Moore, a former world No. 132, had taken a year off from the sport in 2011 to study health sciences and was waitressing, coaching or working as a personal trainer to earn a living.
Then she learnt of the ATL and was attracted by the new tournament's faster pace.
It brought her back to the court with WA team Giants and face-to-face with Flagstaff in a national semi-final.
"The ATL got me back playing," Moore says.
"I was working night shifts as a waitress, which was a bit of a wake-up call for me because I was on the road since 12 or 13 and wasn't exposed to shift work.
"I definitely knew I wanted a break from playing and travelling but I wasn't sure when or if I was going to *return.
"I thought the ATL was a positive way of getting myself back involved in tennis.
"It was bit of fun and great to be in a team environment."
Twelve months on, Moore, 23, is a key part of Flagstaff's tilt at a second straight women's title.
She joined the Freighters a month ago after moving to Adelaide to link up with the Memorial Drive-based *tennis academy and her *former coaches Milo Bradley and Rohan Fisher.
"(Flagstaff coach) Jim Chaousis approached me pretty much straight after January. It worked out really well that he got in touch and they've been really *welcoming."