Anderson keeps SA in the dark

2012-08-12 18:45
Kevin Anderson (File)

Johannesburg - Less than a month before the crucial Davis Cup tennis tie against Canada, top South African player Kevin Anderson has not indicated whether he will make available for the World Group playoff.

This was the gist of the brief, terse statement on Sunday from South African Davis Cup captain John-Laffnie de Jager.

"News," said De Jager when asked of Anderson's position regarding the Davis Cup, "there is no news."

The strong Canadian team includes dynamic prodigy Milos Raonic and world No 3 doubles player Daniel Nestor, and the South African team would welcome being able to play their strongest player.

De Jager has not yet named his Davis Cup team, while he waits to find out whether Anderson will be available. South Africa's No 2 and three players, Rik de Voest and Izak van der Merwe, are reported to have said they would be available.

The tie was awarded to South Africa by the ITF, but because of an inability to raise the R1,3m sponsorship needed to stage the event, the South African Tennis Association ceded home-court advantage to the Canadians.

Anderson, De Voest and Van der Merwe are all expected to be in North America for the United States Open immediately before the Davis Cup clash against Canada.

Anderson will qualify automatically for the singles at Flushing Meadows' US Open Grand Slam event because of a world ranking in the mid-30s, but De Voest and Van der Merwe would need to make their way through a testing qualifying segment to make the main draw.



Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Quiz: Test your Rio Olympics memory!

Think you know what went on at the Rio Olympics? Prove it by tackling Sport24's ridiculously impossible yet highly addictive post-Games quiz!


Rio Olympics

GALLERY: SA's Rio Olympic medallists
As it happened: Rio Olympics - Day 17
Selecting 6 numbers turned Britain into Olympic superpower
Caster cranks up the heat in Rio semi
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


Follow all the action from the 2016 Rio Olympics. The highs, the lows, the tears, the smiles as the world's greatest athletes compete for gold, silver and bronze.

Latest blogs

Which is your favourite Grand Slam of the year?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.