Kevin Anderson (tennis)

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Kevin Anderson
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Country  South Africa
Residence Delray Beach, Florida
Born (1986-05-18) 18 May 1986 (age 28)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Height 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
Turned pro 2007
Plays Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Prize money $4,682,881
Career record 174–135 (56.31%)
Career titles 2
Highest ranking No. 15 (19 January 2015)
Current ranking No. 17 (2 March 2015)[1]
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 4R (2013, 2014, 2015)
French Open 4R (2013, 2014)
Wimbledon 4R (2014)
US Open 3R (2010, 2011, 2014)
Other tournaments
Olympic Games 2R (2008)
Career record 45–51 (46.88%)
Career titles 1
Highest ranking No. 58 (17 November 2014)
Current ranking No. 58 (17 November 2014)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open 3R (2013)
Wimbledon QF (2008)
US Open 2R (2010)
Last updated on: 21 November 2014.

Kevin Anderson (born 18 May 1986 in Johannesburg) is a male South African tennis player.

He became the top-ranked South African player on 10 March 2008 after making the final at the 2008 Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas. He first achieved his career-high ranking of World No. 15 on 19 January 2015.

On 6 February 2011, he defeated Somdev Devvarman, 4–6, 6–3, 6–2, in his hometown of Johannesburg to capture the South African Open title for his first ATP-level event title.

Anderson has represented South Africa in both Davis Cup play and in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Collegiate career[edit]

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 his partner, Ryan Rowe.

The following season (2006–07), he led the Illini team to a national runner-up finish before again reaching the national championship match in doubles with Ryan Rowe and reaching the semifinals in singles.

During the summer of 2007, Anderson decided to forgo his senior season at Illinois to pursue his professional tennis career full-time.[2]

Professional career highlights[edit]


At age 17, Anderson entered his first professional tournament, a Satellite in South Africa, 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.[3]

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.


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 #84 Alejandro Falla in 5 sets, but his efforts got his ranking to a career high of #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.

In the second round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Florida, he beat Novak Djokovic 7–6, 3–6, 6–4 for his first ever win against a top 10 player.

At Wimbledon, Anderson and partner Robert Lindstedt of Sweden reached the quarter-finals before losing to the eventual tournament champions, Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjić.

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.


After a slow start to the year, he won the San Remo, Italy Challenger in May, beating Blaž Kavčič in the final in three sets.

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.


At Wimbledon, he was narrowly defeated by No. 7 seed Nikolay Davydenko after winning the first two sets, 6–3, 7–6, 6–7, 5–7, 7–9.[4] Anderson advanced to the semifinals of the 2010 Atlanta Tennis Championships in July, upsetting 5th seeded Janko Tipsarević in the first round.

He qualified and reached the third round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto, beating Leonardo Mayer and Sam Querrey before losing to #1 ranked Rafael Nadal.

He then won his first Grand Slam match at the US Open over Somdev Devvarman in straight sets, and backed it up with a five set win over th 26th seed Thomaz Bellucci.


He began the 2011 season by advancing to the semifinals of the Brisbane International Tournament before losing to Andy Roddick in three sets, 2–6, 6–4, 2–6. He then went on to lose in the 1st round of the Australian Open to Blaž Kavčič.

On 6 February 2011, at the SA Open, (Anderson's home event), he went on to claim his maiden ATP Tour title, by beating Indian Somdev Devvarman 4–6, 6–3, 6–2 elevating him 19 positions in the ATP rankings to a career high of #40.

On 4 April 2011, 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 quarter finals as the 2nd 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 3–6, 3–6 in the third round.

At the 2011 Rogers Cup, he defeated Andújar in straight sets before shocking an out-of-sorts Andy Murray in the second round, easily winning 6–3, 6–1.[5] He was defeated in the third round by Stanislas Wawrinka 4–6, 6–4, 4–6 in a tight contest.


Anderson opened up 2012 with a third-round loss at the 2012 Australian Open. He followed it up with a win in Delray Beach, defeating qualifier Marinko Matosevic in the final.

At the French Open, he reached a career best third round, where he was defeated by seventh seed Tomáš Berdych after winning the second and third sets.[6]


Anderson started the year at the Sydney International, where he reached the final but lost to Australian Bernard Tomic in three sets.[7]

At the 2013 Australian Open, he defeated Fernando Verdasco, 4–6, 6–3, 4–6, 7–6, 6–2, in the third round but lost to Tomáš Berdych in the fourth round, 3–6, 2–6, 6–7. This was his career-best in any Grand Slam event.

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.


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 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 Marin Čilić. At the Paris Masters he again defeated Wawrinka to reach quarterfinals, after which Tomas Berdych beat him. The South African resulted 16th in the ATP final rankings.


Kevin currently wears Lotto and uses Srixon (a division of Dunlop) for his rackets. His racket of choice is the Srixon 2.0 tour.[8]


Anderson started playing tennis at age 6 and was competitive in 800m races at school

Anderson married his college girlfriend, golfer Kelsey O'Neal, in 2011.[9] He is permanent resident of the United States.[10]

ATP career finals[edit]

Singles: 9 (2 titles, 7 runners-up)[edit]

Grand Slam (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 series (0–1)
ATP World Tour 250 series (2–6)
Titles by Surface
Hard (2–6)
Clay (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 9 March 2008 Tennis Channel Open, Las Vegas, United States Hard United States Sam Querrey 6–4, 3–6, 4–6
Winner 1. 6 February 2011 SA Tennis Open, Johannesburg, South Africa Hard India Somdev Devvarman 4–6, 6–3, 6–2
Winner 2. 4 March 2012 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, Delray Beach, United States Hard Australia Marinko Matosevic 6–4, 7–6(7–2)
Runner-up 2. 12 January 2013 Apia International Sydney, Sydney, Australia Hard Australia Bernard Tomic 3–6, 7–6(7–2), 3–6
Runner-up 3. 14 April 2013 Grand Prix Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco Clay Spain Tommy Robredo 6–7(6–8), 6–4, 3–6
Runner-up 4. 29 July 2013 BB&T Atlanta Open, Atlanta, United States Hard United States John Isner 7–6(7–3), 6–7(2–7), 6–7(2–7)
Runner-up 5. 23 February 2014 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, Delray Beach, United States (2) Hard Croatia Marin Čilić 6–7(6–8), 7–6(9–7), 4–6
Runner-up 6. 2 March 2014 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico Hard Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov 6–7(1–7), 6–3, 6–7(5–7)
Runner-up 7. 15 February 2015 U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships, Memphis, United States Hard (i) Japan Kei Nishikori 4–6, 4–6

Doubles: 4 (1 title, 3 runners-up)[edit]

Grand Slam (0–0)
ATP World Tour Finals (0–0)
ATP World Tour Masters 1000 (0–0)
ATP World Tour 500 series (1–2)
ATP World Tour 250 series (0–1)
Titles by Surface
Hard (1–3)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score in the final
Runner-up 1. 19 February 2012 SAP Open, San Jose, United States Hard (i) Germany Frank Moser The Bahamas Mark Knowles
Belgium Xavier Malisse
4–6, 6–1, [5–10]
Runner-up 2. 5 August 2012 Citi Open, Washington, D.C., United States Hard United States Sam Querrey Philippines Treat Conrad Huey
United Kingdom Dominic Inglot
6–7(5–7), 7–6(9–7), [5–10]
Winner 1. 2 March 2014 Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico Hard Australia Matthew Ebden Spain Feliciano López
Belarus Max Mirnyi
6–3, 6–3
Runner-up 3. 26 October 2014 Valencia Open 500, Valencia, Spain Hard (i) France Jérémy Chardy Netherlands Jean-Julien Rojer
Romania Horia Tecău
4–6, 2–6

Singles performance timeline[edit]


Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.

To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.

Current till 2014 US Open.

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 W–L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R 4R 4R 4R 11–8
French Open A LQ 1R 2R 3R 4R 4R 9–5
Wimbledon 1R Q1 1R 2R 1R 3R 4R 6–6
US Open A Q1 3R 3R 1R 2R 3R 7–5
Win–Loss 0–2 0–1 2–4 4–4 4–4 9–4 11–4 3–1 33–24
ATP Masters Series
Indian Wells Masters A 1R 2R 1R 3R QF QF 3R 9–7
Miami Masters 3R A 2R QF 3R 3R 3R 10–6
Monte Carlo Masters A A A 1R 1R 2R 1R 1–4
Rome Masters A A A 1R 1R 3R 2R 3–4
Madrid Masters A A 1R 2R 2R 3R 2R 5–5
Canada Masters A A 3R 3R 1R 1R QF 4–4
Cincinnati Masters 1R A A 2R 1R 1R 1R 1–5
Shanghai Masters NMS A 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R 3–5
Paris Masters A A A 2R 3R 2R QF 6–4
Win–Loss 2–2 0–1 4–5 9–9 5–9 12–9 12–9 1–1 45–45
Career statistics
Titles–Finals 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–3 0–2 0–1 2–9
Year-End Ranking 104 161 61 32 37 20 16

Men's doubles performance timeline[edit]

Tournament 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A A A 1R A 3R A 2–2
French Open A A A A A A A 0–0
Wimbledon QF 1R A 3R A A A 5–3
US Open A A 2R A A A A 1–1
Win–Loss 3–1 0–1 1–1 2–2 0–0 2–1 0–0 8–6

Top-10 wins per season[edit]

Season 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Wins 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 4

Wins over top-10 players per season[edit]

# Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score
1. Serbia Novak Djokovic 3 Miami, United States Hard 2R 7–6, 3–6, 6–4
2. United Kingdom Andy Murray 4 Toronto, Canada Hard 2R 6–3, 6–1
3. Spain David Ferrer 4 Indian Wells, United States Hard 2R 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
4. Spain David Ferrer 4 Acapulco, Mexico Hard QF 2-6, 4-2 RET
5. Switzerland Stan Wawrinka 3 Indian Wells, United States Hard 4R 7-6(7–1), 4-6, 6-1
6. Switzerland Stan Wawrinka 4 Toronto, Canada Hard 4R 7-6(10–8), 7-5
7. Switzerland Stan Wawrinka 4 Paris, France Hard 3R 6-7(2–7), 7-5, 7-6(7–3)



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