Kevin Anderson captured South Africa’s imagination over two glorious weeks as he powered his way to the final of the US Open in New York.
Anderson (born 18 May 1986) is a South African professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 32 in men’s singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).
Born in Johannesburg, but a long-time resident of the United States, Anderson is his country’s leading tennis player by a country mile.
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 also the first South African to be ranked in the top 10 since Wayne Ferreira was No. 10 on 5 May 1997.
In reaching the showpiece match, Anderson became the first player from his country to reach a grand slam final in 32 years. Unfortunately, he came up against a resurgent Rafal Nadal in the decider, and the Spaniard proved to be just too good, cruising to a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 victory to secure his 16th major title.
Anderson opened up about his spectacular performance at Flushing Meadows, and discussed what the future holds for him.