Kevin Anderson (tennis)
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Anderson at the 2017 Wimbledon Championships
|Country (sports)||South Africa|
|Residence||Gulf Stream, Florida, U.S.
Johannesburg, South Africa
18 May 1986 |
Johannesburg, South Africa
|Height||2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|College||University of Illinois|
|Career record||268–196 (57.76%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 10 (12 October 2015)|
|Current ranking||No. 14 (6 November 2017)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (2013, 2014, 2015)|
|French Open||4R (2013, 2014, 2017)|
|Wimbledon||4R (2014, 2015, 2017)|
|US Open||F (2017)|
|Olympic Games||2R (2008)|
|Career record||55–65 (45.83%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 58 (17 November 2014)|
|Current ranking||No. 462 (25 September 2017)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2013)|
|US Open||2R (2010)|
|Davis Cup||9–1 (90%)|
|Last updated on: 27 September 2017.|
He became the top-ranked male South African player on 10 March 2008 after making the final at the 2008 Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas. He achieved his career-high ranking of World No. 10 on 12 October 2015. He is the first South African to be ranked in the top 10 since Wayne Ferreira was No. 10 on 5 May 1997.
On 6 February 2011, he defeated Somdev Devvarman in his hometown of Johannesburg to capture the South African Open title for his first ATP-level event title. His second ATP title came at the Delray Beach Open in 2012 when he defeated Marinko Matosevic. Anderson won his third ATP 250 championship in 2015 at the Winston-Salem Open with a victory over Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Anderson made his Grand Slam final debut at the 2017 US Open, where he lost to Rafael Nadal.
In June 2016, Anderson co-founded the tennis instructional and lifestyle website titled Realife Tennis which offers in-depth online instruction and unprecedented access to life on the professional tennis circuit.
Anderson played three seasons of college tennis in the United States at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was a three-time All-American in singles and two-time All-American in doubles. During his sophomore year (2005–06), he won the national doubles championship with playing partner Ryan Rowe.
In 2007, Anderson led Illinois to a runner-up team finish, losing to host Georgia on their home courts. In the championship dual match, Anderson lost at #1 singles to future ATP top-ten player, John Isner. During the singles tournament, Anderson lost in the semifinals to eventual two-time national champion, Somdev Devvarman of Virginia. In doubles, Anderson and partner, Ryan Rowe, fell just short of repeating as champions, losing in the championship match to Marco Born and Andreas Siljestrom of Middle Tennessee State in three sets, after having a couple match points.
Professional career highlightsEdit
2003–2007: Early CareerEdit
At age 17, Anderson entered his first professional tournament, winning four main-draw matches in the four-week tournament to earn a world ranking of No. 1178 from his only tournament of the year. He also finished the year with a doubles ranking of No. 902.
In November, Anderson entered his third pro tournament and won the Botswana F1 to push his ranking to No. 769. He followed that up the next two weeks in South Africa, reaching the final in F1 and the semifinals in F2 to finish the year ranked No. 665 in singles from just 3 tournaments.
At age 19, Anderson continued to play at the Futures level, exclusively in the United States, reaching the semifinals of USA F21 in August. In November, he played his first Challenger event in Champaign, qualifying and beating No. 192 Jan-Michael Gambill in the first round. He finished the year ranked No. 766.
In 2005, Anderson played his first pro tournaments of the year in June, again in the United States, reaching the finals of USA F13 and F21. He returned to Champaign again in November, beating No. 107 Kevin Kim to reach his first Challenger quarterfinal. He finished the year ranked No. 517.
In doubles, he won a pair of USA Futures back to back in June and finished the year ranked No. 530.
In 2006, Anderson again waited until June to play his first tournaments. He repeated as a finalist in USA F12, and then won USA F13 before qualifying two weeks later in the Winnetka Challenger and reaching the final to push his ranking to No. 310. He recorded his first win over a top-100 opponent in the qualifying for the ATP tournament in New Haven, beating No. 88 Chris Guccione, before losing in the main draw to No. 41 Arnaud Clément.
Anderson's most interesting result in 2007 was in September in the Challenger in New Orleans. He needed to qualify to make the main draw in both singles and doubles, and won all 13 matches that week to take the singles and doubles titles, beating four top-200 singles players and the top three seeded doubles teams.
His Challenger success in New Orleans helped him to career-high rankings at the end of 2007 of No. 221 in singles and No. 398 in doubles.
2008: 1st Grand Slam EntryEdit
Anderson began 2008 with a bit of success, reaching the quarters of the Challenger in New Caledonia before qualifying in his first Grand Slam attempt in Australia. He lost in the main draw first round to No. 84 Alejandro Falla in 5 sets, but his efforts got his ranking to a career high of No. 190.
At the 2008 Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas, as a qualifier, he managed to defeat sixth seed Michaël Llodra in straight sets, 6–2, 7–6. In the second round he beat giant John Isner 7–6, 7–5. He beat Evgeny Korolev in his first ever ATP quarter-final 6–2, 6–0. In the semi-finals he won in straight sets against Robby Ginepri to reach his first ever ATP tour final. In the final, he fell to Sam Querrey in 3 sets.
Anderson also represented South Africa in the Beijing Olympics, defeating Komlavi Loglo before losing to Nicolas Kiefer 4–6, 7–6, 4–6 in the singles tournament and losing (with his partner Jeff Coetzee) to Nicolás Almagro and David Ferrer of Spain 6–3, 3–6, 4–6.
2009: Victory at Sanremo ChallengerEdit
At the Aegon Championships (Queen's Club, London), Anderson won three matches to qualify, and then defeated no. 57 Fabio Fognini in the first round of the main draw, before losing to no. 46 Sam Querrey in the second round.
2010: 3rd Round at US Open and Canadian MastersEdit
2011: 1st Career ATP TitleEdit
He began the 2011 season by advancing to the semifinals of the Brisbane International Tournament, before losing to Andy Roddick in three sets. He then went on to lose in the first round of the Australian Open to Blaž Kavčič.
He reached a career-high of world no. 33 after making the quarterfinals of the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open. At the Atlanta Tennis Championships, Anderson reached the quarterfinals as the second seed, defeating Michael Russell, before losing in straight sets to Gilles Müller. Next at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, Anderson defeated Chris Guccione in the second round, before being defeated by Victor Troicki in the third round.
At the 2011 Rogers Cup, he defeated Pablo Andújar in straight sets before shocking an out-of-sorts Andy Murray in the second round with an easy victory. He was defeated in the third round by Stanislas Wawrinka in a tight three set contest.
2012: 2nd ATP TitleEdit
2013: 1st Grand Slam 4th-Round AppearanceEdit
He played at Indian Wells, where he knocked out fourth seed David Ferrer. He reached the quarterfinals there before losing to Tomáš Berdych. He reached the fourth round of the French Open, before falling to Ferrer in straight sets. At Wimbledon, he lost in the third round to Berdych.
He reached the final in Atlanta in July, but lost his third final of the year in three tiebreaks to John Isner.
2014: 4 wins against top-5 OpponentsEdit
Anderson started the year by reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open, before being knocked out in straight sets by Tomáš Berdych. He then reached the final at Delray Beach, before losing to Marin Čilić in two tiebreaks. At the Mexican Open held in Acapulco, he again reached the final, losing to Grigor Dimitrov in three sets, with tiebreaks in the first and third sets.
In the Indian Wells Masters, Anderson reached the quarterfinals, after beating third seed Stan Wawrinka in a hard-fought upset in three sets. He lost to Roger Federer in straight sets. At the 2014 Madrid Open, he beat Radek Štěpánek, before losing to Tomáš Berdych. He repeated his success of 2013 by again reaching the fourth round in the French Open, before losing to fifth seed David Ferrer in four sets.
He then reached the quarterfinals of the AEGON Championships held at the Queen's Club, London, before losing to Radek Štěpánek. At the Wimbledon Championships he defeated Fabio Fognini to reach the fourth round, where he lost to Andy Murray.
Anderson made it to the quarterfinals of the Masters 1000 event in Toronto after defeating Fognini and Stanislas Wawrinka. At the Cincinnati Masters, he had a disappointing first-round, straight-set exit at the hands of John Isner.
He made it to the third round of the US Open, where he lost to eventual champion Marin Čilić. At the Paris Masters he again defeated Wawrinka to reach the quarterfinals, after which Tomas Berdych beat him. The South African ended the year no. 16 in the ATP year-end rankings.
2015: Top-10 debutEdit
Anderson made the final in Memphis, losing to Kei Nishikori, but he made early exits in Estoril and Madrid. He then had a good run at Queen's Club, making the final before being defeated by Andy Murray in straight sets. He again reached the fourth round at Wimbledon, where he led eventual champion Novak Djokovic two sets to love, taking both sets through tiebreakers. However, he was unable to sustain his form for the next three sets and eventually lost the match in five sets. Anderson became the champion of the ATP 250 in Winston-Salem, earning his third career singles title. Anderson's big moment came in the US Open, where he defeated Andy Murray, advancing to his first quarterfinals in a Grand Slam after seven attempts. He won the first two sets, then lost the third set via tiebreaker, but after a hard-fought fourth set, Anderson pulled away, winning the tiebreaker 7–0 and captured the victory. He would next face Stan Wawrinka, whom he had beaten the last four times they played, including once that year. This was their eighth match overall, but the first at Grand Slam level. Wawrinka levelled the head to head at 4–4, beating Anderson in straight sets, including a bagel in the third.
Following a great US Open, Anderson traveled to Asia for the Japan Open, where he lost in the round of 32 to Gilles Müller. Despite this loss, he reached a career-high ranking of No. 10 on 12 October, the first South African tennis player in the top 10 in 18 years. He then traveled to Shanghai for the Shanghai Masters (tennis), where he was defeated in the quarterfinals by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. This was followed by the Vienna Open, where he lost to Steve Johnson in the quarterfinals. Traveling to Basel next, he was defeated by yet another American in Donald Young in the Round of 16. He reached the third round in the 2015 BNP Paribas Masters, but failed to capitalise on a match point against Rafael Nadal.
2016: Injury strugglesEdit
Anderson started his season at Auckland as the fourth seed. He defeated Robin Haase in the second round, but lost to Jack Sock in the quarterfinals, despite winning the first set. Anderson was then scheduled to play at the Chennai Open, but withdrew due to a left knee injury. Anderson exited the Australian Open early in the first round and was advised to take some time off to sort out problems with his shoulder. He took the break and also had minor surgery on his ankle while he was out. Anderson then returned to Delray Beach as the top seed. He lost the first set of his match against Austin Krajicek in the first round and then retired before the second set.
Anderson did not play again on tour until May at the Madrid Open. He lost in the first round against 13th seed Gaël Monfils. Anderson then played in Rome as the 16th seed. Anderson won his first-round match against Feliciano López, but lost in the second round to Juan Mónaco, despite winning the first set. Anderson then competed in Nice as the third seed. He defeated qualifier Diego Schwartzman, before losing to fifth seed João Sousa. Anderson then played at the French Open as the 18th seed, where he lost in the first round to Stéphane Robert. Anderson started his grass season at Queen's Club. Since he entered late, he had to go through qualifying. Anderson defeated Edward Corrie and Jiří Veselý, both in straight sets, to enter the main draw. He then lost to Bernard Tomic in the first round of the main draw. Anderson then played at Nottingham as the top seed. He defeated Ivan Dodig and 14th seed Fernando Verdasco to reach the quarterfinals, where he lost to sixth seed and eventual champion Steve Johnson. Anderson then played at Wimbledon as the 20th seed. He lost in the first round to Denis Istomin, despite winning the first two sets.
Anderson played at the Citi Open as the ninth seed. He lost in the second round to Malek Jaziri, despite winning the first set. Anderson then played in the Rogers Cup. He won his first-round match against Viktor Troicki. He then defeated sixth seed Dominic Thiem because Thiem had to retire. He then reached the quarterfinals after he defeated 12th seed Bernard Tomic for the first time. Anderson, however, lost to Stan Wawrinka in straight sets. The US Open saw his best performance in a Grand Slam for the year, defeating both Yoshihito Nishioka and Vasek Pospisil in straight sets, before bowing out to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the third round, also in straight sets.
2017: US Open finalEdit
2017 was a better year for Anderson, despite a slow start. He began the year at the Memphis Open in February, where he lost in the first round to Bosnian Damir Džumhur. He also lost in the first round of the Delray Beach Open to resurgent Juan Martín del Potro.
In Houston, he played doubles with Sam Querrey, making it to the semifinals before losing to Dustin Brown and Francis Tiafoe. He then traveled to Barcelona, where he got past Carlos Berlocq and David Ferrer, losing in the third round to eventual champion Rafael Nadal.
In May, he defeated Richard Gasquet in the quarterfinals of Estoril, before succumbing to an in-form Gilles Müller in the semifinals. He had to go through qualifying in Rome, only to lose in the first round to eventual champion Alexander Zverev. He then traveled to Geneva, where he made it to the quarterfinals, falling again to Kei Nishikori in three tight sets. At the French Open, he had to retire from his fourth-round match against Marin Čilić.
Anderson was back in action on the grass-court swing, making it to the second round of Eastbourne, where he lost to Richard Gasquet. At Wimbledon, he made it to the fourth round before falling to Sam Querrey in five tight sets.
He had his best result at the Citi Open in Washington, where he defeated Dominic Thiem in the second round and Jack Sock in the semifinals to earn a runner-up finish against Alexander Zverev. Anderson also made the quarterfinals in Montréal, again falling to Zverev. After losing in the first round in Cincinnati, he withdrew from Winston-Salem.
Anderson reached the quarterfinals at the 2017 US Open and defeated Sam Querrey in four sets. He defeated Pablo Carreño Busta in the semi-final in one of the most open grand-slams in recent times. He became the first South African player to reach the Grand Slam final since Kevin Curren in 1984 Australian Open. In his first ever Slam final, however, he lost to Rafael Nadal in three sets.
Anderson started playing tennis at age 6 and was competitive in 800-metre races at school.
Anderson, his wife Kelsey and former Coach GD Jones launched a tennis instructional website in June 2016 entitled Realife Tennis. The site offers practice and lifestyle tips from traveling the world playing tennis, as well as courses for improving one's tennis game.
Grand Slam finalsEdit
Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit
|Runner-up||2017||US Open||Hard||Rafael Nadal||3–6, 3–6, 4–6|
ATP career finalsEdit
Singles: 13 (3 titles, 10 runner-ups)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Mar 2008||Las Vegas Open, US||International||Hard||Sam Querrey||6–4, 3–6, 4–6|
|Win||1–1||Feb 2011||SA Tennis Open, South Africa||250 Series||Hard||Somdev Devvarman||4–6, 6–3, 6–2|
|Win||2–1||Mar 2012||Delray Beach Open, US||250 Series||Hard||Marinko Matosevic||6–4, 7–6(7–2)|
|Loss||2–2||Jan 2013||Sydney International, Australia||250 Series||Hard||Bernard Tomic||3–6, 7–6(7–2), 3–6|
|Loss||2–3||Apr 2013||Grand Prix Hassan II, Morocco||250 Series||Clay||Tommy Robredo||7–6(8–6), 4–6, 6–3|
|Loss||2–4||Jul 2013||Atlanta Open, US||250 Series||Hard||John Isner||7–6(7–3), 6–7(2–7), 6–7(2–7)|
|Loss||2–5||Feb 2014||Delray Beach Open, US||250 Series||Hard||Marin Čilić||6–7(6–8), 7–6(9–7), 4–6|
|Loss||2–6||Mar 2014||Mexican Open, Mexico||500 Series||Hard||Grigor Dimitrov||6–7(1–7), 6–3, 6–7(5–7)|
|Loss||2–7||Feb 2015||Memphis Open, US||250 Series||Hard (i)||Kei Nishikori||4–6, 4–6|
|Loss||2–8||Jun 2015||Queen's Club Championships, UK||500 Series||Grass||Andy Murray||3–6, 4–6|
|Win||3–8||Aug 2015||Winston-Salem Open, US||250 Series||Hard||Pierre-Hugues Herbert||6–4, 7–5|
|Loss||3–9||Aug 2017||Washington Open, US||250 Series||Hard||Alexander Zverev||4–6, 4–6|
|Loss||3–10||Sep 2017||US Open, US||Grand Slam||Hard||Rafael Nadal||3–6, 3–6, 4–6|
Doubles: 4 (1 title, 3 runner-ups)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Feb 2012||Pacific Coast Championships, US||250 Series||Hard (i)||Frank Moser|| Mark Knowles
|4–6, 6–1, [5–10]|
|Loss||0–2||Aug 2012||Washington Open, US||500 Series||Hard||Sam Querrey|| Treat Huey
|6–7(7–9), 7–6(11–9), [5–10]|
|Win||1–2||Mar 2014||Mexican Open, Mexico||500 Series||Clay||Matthew Ebden|| Feliciano López
|Loss||1–3||Oct 2014||Valencia Open, Spain||500 Series||Hard (i)||Jérémy Chardy|| Jean-Julien Rojer
Singles performance timelineEdit
Current through the 2017 US Open.
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|ATP Masters Series|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||1R||2R||1R||3R||QF||QF||3R||A||2R||10–8|
|Monte Carlo Masters||A||A||A||1R||1R||2R||1R||A||A||A||1–4|
Men's doubles performance timelineEdit
|Grand Slam tournaments|
Record against top-10 playersEdit
Anderson's match record against those who have been ranked in the top 10, with those who have been No. 1 in boldface
- Dominic Thiem 6–0
- Stanislas Wawrinka 4–5
- Richard Gasquet 4–6
- David Ferrer 3–3
- Fernando Verdasco 3–3
- John Isner 3–8
- Gilles Simon 2–0
- Marcos Baghdatis 2–1
- Tommy Haas 2–1
- Lleyton Hewitt 2–1
- Jürgen Melzer 2–1
- Andy Roddick 2–2
- Andy Murray 2–6
- Nikolay Davydenko 1–1
- Milos Raonic 1–1
- Janko Tipsarevic 1–1
- Mardy Fish 1–2
- Juan Mónaco 1–2
- Radek Štěpánek 1–2
- Mikhail Youzhny 1–2
- Kei Nishikori 1–4
- Novak Djokovic 1–5
- Marin Čilić 1–6
- Grigor Dimitrov 1–6
- Nicolás Almagro 0–1
- James Blake 0–1
- Arnaud Clément 0–1
- Juan Carlos Ferrero 0–1
- Fernando González 0–1
- Ernests Gulbis 0–1
- Tommy Robredo 0–1
- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 0–3
- Alexander Zverev 0–3
- Roger Federer 0–4
- Rafael Nadal 0–5
- Gaël Monfils 0–5
- Juan Martín del Potro 0–6
- Tomáš Berdych 0–12
- *As of August 6, 2017.
Wins over top 10 playersEdit
|1.||Novak Djokovic||No. 3||Miami, United States||Hard||2R||7–6(7–1), 3–6, 6–4||122|
|2.||Andy Murray||No. 4||Montréal, Canada||Hard||3R||6–3, 6–1||35|
|3.||David Ferrer||No. 4||Indian Wells, United States||Hard||2R||3–6, 6–4, 6–3||37|
|4.||David Ferrer||No. 4||Acapulco, Mexico||Hard||QF||2–6, 4–2, ret.||21|
|5.||Stan Wawrinka||No. 3||Indian Wells, United States||Hard||4R||7–6(7–1), 4–6, 6–1||18|
|6.||Stan Wawrinka||No. 4||Toronto, Canada||Hard||3R||7–6(10–8), 7–5||21|
|7.||Stan Wawrinka||No. 4||Paris, France||Hard||3R||6–7(2–7), 7–5, 7–6(7–3)||18|
|8.||Stan Wawrinka||No. 4||London, UK||Grass||2R||7–6(7–4), 7–6(13–11)||17|
|9.||Andy Murray||No. 3||US Open, United States||Hard||4R||7–6(7–5), 6–3, 6–7(2–7), 7–6(7–0)||14|
|10.||Kei Nishikori||No. 6||Shanghai, China||Hard||3R||7–6(12–10), 7–6(7–3)||10|
|11.||Dominic Thiem||No. 9||Montréal, Canada||Hard||2R||4–1, retired.||34|
|12.||Dominic Thiem||No. 7||Washington, USA||Hard||3R||6–3, 6–7(6–8), 7–6(9–7)||45|
Year End RankingsEdit
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- Facebook fan page
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