Kevin Anderson came out of retirement to reach the Newport quarterfinals


Kevin Andersonretired 16 months ago and now has no world ranking, is in the quarterfinals at ATP on Newport grass, his comeback tournament. The 37-year-old South African and former world number 5 defeated the Canadian in the first round gabriel diallo (6-3, 6-2) and the Dutch Gijs Brouwer in the round of 16, 6-3, 7-6 (6).

Until this week, Anderson had not played a tournament since March 2022 at Miami Masters 1,000where he lost in the 1st round against the Argentine Juan Manuel Cerundolobut decided to try his luck again on the circuit a few months ago.

“When I retired it was difficult. I had a lot of physical pain. Many parts of my body made it difficult for me to compete as I wanted, but also emotionally and mentally it was very difficult and I felt that I had to stop playing,” Anderson said on the ATP website.

“When I retired I didn’t know if I would play again or not. Most of last year I had no intention, but a couple of months ago I started hitting it again and I really enjoyed playing,” added the South African, winner of seven titles. ATP played in 20 finals, two of them from grand slam: lost against Rafael Nadal within US Open 2017 and new Novak Djokovic in Wimbledon’2018.

“My body feels very good and what I do with the tennis ball is really exciting for me, it made me want to challenge myself again. I don’t know if I will have that opportunity, but in luckily Newport gave it to me, so I want to get out there and play again,” insisted Anderson, who plans to play more tournaments throughout the year.

Source: La Verdad


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