Kevin Anderson (tennis)
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Anderson in 2016
|Country (sports)||South Africa|
|Residence||Delray Beach, Florida, United States
Johannesburg, South Africa
18 May 1986 |
Johannesburg, South Africa
|Height||2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Prize money||$7,070,721 |
|Career record||227–170 (57.18%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 10 (12 October 2015)|
|Current ranking||No. 25 (22 August 2016)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (2013, 2014, 2015)|
|French Open||4R (2013, 2014)|
|Wimbledon||4R (2014, 2015)|
|US Open||QF (2015)|
|Olympic Games||2R (2008)|
|Career record||53–63 (45.69%)|
|Highest ranking||No. 58 (17 November 2014)|
|Current ranking||No. 101 (1 February 2016)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2013)|
|US Open||2R (2010)|
|Last updated on: 1 February 2016.|
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.
In June 2016, Kevin 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.
- 1 Collegiate career
- 2 Professional career highlights
- 3 Equipment
- 4 Personal
- 5 ATP career finals
- 6 Singles performance timeline
- 7 Men's doubles performance timeline
- 8 Record against top-10 players
- 9 Wins over top 10 players
- 10 Ranking
- 11 References
- 12 External links
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.
Professional career highlights
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 debut
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, Kevin 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 struggles
Anderson started his season at Auckland as the 4th 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 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 number 1 seed. He lost the first set of his match against Austin Krajicek in the first round and then retired before the second set. Anderson didn't play on the tour until May at the Madrid Open. He lost in the first round against 13th seed Gaël Monfils. Anderson then played at Rome as the 16th seed. Anderson won his first round match against Feliciano López. He ended up losing in the second round to Juan Mónaco despite winning the first set. Anderson then competed at Nice as the 3rd seed. He defeated qualifier Diego Schwartzman before losing to 5th seed João Sousa. Anderson then played at the second major of the year at the French Open as the 18th seed. He ended up losing 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 to enter the main draw. Anderson defeated Edward Corrie and Jiří Veselý both in straight sets to enter the main draw. He then lost to Bernard Tomic in the main draw. Anderson then played at Nottingham as the number 1 seed. He defeated Ivan Dodig and 14th seed Fernando Verdasco to reach the quarterfinals where he lost to 6th seed and eventual champion Steve Johnson. Anderson then played at the third major of the year at Wimbledon as the 20th seed. He lost in the first round to Denis Istomin despite winning the first two sets. Anderson decided to play at Citi Open as the 9th seed. He lost in the second round to Malek Jaziri despite winning the first set. Anderson then played at the Rogers Cup. He won his first round match against Viktor Troicki. He then defeated 6th seed Dominic Thiem leading 4-1 in the first set until Thiem had to retire due to injury. 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.
Anderson started playing tennis at age 6 and was competitive in 800 m races at school
Kevin, his wife Kelsey and former Coach GD Jones have launched a tennis instructional website in June 2016 entitled Realife Tennis. The site offers Practice Court and Lifestyle tips from traveling the world playing tennis as well as Courses for improving ones tennis game.
ATP career finals
Singles: 11 (3 titles, 8 runners-up)
|Runner-up||1.||9 March 2008||Tennis Channel Open, Las Vegas, United States||Hard||Sam Querrey||6–4, 3–6, 4–6|
|Winner||1.||6 February 2011||SA Tennis Open, Johannesburg, South Africa||Hard||Somdev Devvarman||4–6, 6–3, 6–2|
|Winner||2.||4 March 2012||Delray Beach Open, Delray Beach, United States||Hard||Marinko Matosevic||6–4, 7–6(7–2)|
|Runner-up||2.||12 January 2013||Apia International Sydney, Sydney, Australia||Hard||Bernard Tomic||3–6, 7–6(7–2), 3–6|
|Runner-up||3.||14 April 2013||Grand Prix Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco||Clay||Tommy Robredo||6–7(6–8), 6–4, 3–6|
|Runner-up||4.||29 July 2013||BB&T Atlanta Open, Atlanta, United States||Hard||John Isner||7–6(7–3), 6–7(2–7), 6–7(2–7)|
|Runner-up||5.||23 February 2014||Delray Beach Open, Delray Beach, United States (2)||Hard||Marin Čilić||6–7(6–8), 7–6(9–7), 4–6|
|Runner-up||6.||2 March 2014||Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico||Hard||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)||Kei Nishikori||4–6, 4–6|
|Runner-up||8.||21 June 2015||Aegon Championships, London, United Kingdom||Grass||Andy Murray||3–6, 4–6|
|Winner||3.||29 August 2015||Winston-Salem Open, Winston-Salem, United States||Hard||Pierre-Hugues Herbert||6–4, 7–5|
Doubles: 4 (1 title, 3 runners-up)
|Runner-up||1.||19 February 2012||SAP Open, San Jose, United States||Hard (i)||Frank Moser|| Mark Knowles
|4–6, 6–1, [5–10]|
|Runner-up||2.||5 August 2012||Citi Open, Washington, D.C., United States||Hard||Sam Querrey|| Treat Conrad Huey
|6–7(5–7), 7–6(9–7), [5–10]|
|Winner||1.||2 March 2014||Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico||Hard||Matthew Ebden|| Feliciano López
|Runner-up||3.||26 October 2014||Valencia Open 500, Valencia, Spain||Hard (i)||Jérémy Chardy|| Jean-Julien Rojer
Singles performance timeline
Current till 2016 Wimbledon Championships.
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|ATP Masters Series|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||1R||2R||1R||3R||QF||QF||3R||A||9–7|
|Monte Carlo Masters||A||A||A||1R||1R||2R||1R||A||A||1–4|
Men's doubles performance timeline
|Grand Slam tournaments|
Record against top-10 players
Anderson's match record against those who have been ranked in the top 10, with those who have been No. 1 in boldface
- Stanislas Wawrinka 4–4
- John Isner 3–8
- Gilles Simon 2–0
- Lleyton Hewitt 2–1
- Jürgen Melzer 2–1
- Andy Roddick 2–2
- David Ferrer 2–3
- Richard Gasquet 2–5
- Andy Murray 2–5
- Marcos Baghdatis 1–1
- Nikolay Davydenko 1–1
- Tommy Haas 1–1
- Juan Mónaco 1–1
- Milos Raonic 1–1
- Janko Tipsarevic 1–1
- Mardy Fish 1–2
- Kei Nishikori 1–2
- Radek Štěpánek 1–2
- Fernando Verdasco 1–2
- Mikhail Youzhny 1–2
- Marin Čilić 1–5
- Grigor Dimitrov 1–5
- Novak Djokovic 1–5
- 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 0–1
- Rafael Nadal 0–2
- Gaël Monfils 0–3
- Roger Federer 0–4
- Juan Martín del Potro 0–5
- Tomáš Berdych 0–12
- *As of October 15, 2015.
Wins over top 10 players
|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||Hard||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|
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