Australian Open

One-on-one with Kevin Anderson

2015-01-22 08:23
Kevin Anderson (AFP)
Melbourne - Sport24's Dave Marshall caught up with SA No 1 Kevin Anderson after his straight sets second round win at the Australian Open in Melbourne against Ricardis Berankis of Lithuania.

Sport24 hit Anderson with a barrage of questions (this exercise was probably more tiring than his tennis game!) and these were his replies:

Kev Dog and Kev Duck

Grew up? Johannesburg (Sandton)

Most memorable moment as a child? Winning Sun City Masters tennis event at 12 years of age which resulted in a trip overseas to Germany

What would your parents say about you growing up? Someone who was very dedicated, hardworking and practiced a great deal

Other sports played growing up? Cross country running and track until 12 or 13 years old. Played cricket and swimming but both of these petered out at about 10

First took tennis seriously? From the word go when I first played tennis at 6 years of age I was always very focused on the game

Who were your biggest role models in tennis? Pete Sampras for his consistency and success at the top. These traits inspired me

Who were the people who directly influenced your career the most? Growing up my father introduced my brother and I to the game of tennis. My mum was pivotal as a support and my brother played as much as I did so he was a great support too

Greatest challenge overcome? Couple of serious elbow injuries growing up. Six months out of the game with the 1st elbow injury and when I came back I had another problem requiring surgery which kept me out for another six months. I never lost the passion for the game even with these setbacks

Proudest moment of your career? Winning my first ATP title which was the South African Open in 2011 in Joburg a few minutes from home with my friends and family present

Proudest moment in your life? Getting married. My wife has been incredibly supportive of my tennis

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Hopefully still playing as I started playing later than most professional tennis players and I am turning 29 later this year. I am inspired by 34 year olds who are still playing professionally who are healthy and still move very well

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I envision having a life after tennis plan before I actually stop playing but at the moment there is nothing definite lined up

Funniest moment on the tennis court? I have such a serious demeanour on court that I don’t have anything!

Favourite provincial rugby team? Sharks and then the Lions a close second!

Favourite rugby player? Willie le Roux

Favourite cricketer? AB de Villiers (what South African would not currently love AB after his recent world record of a 31-ball hundred!).

BBQ or Braai? Braai

Biltong or vegemite? Biltong

VB or Castle? Castle

Bundaberg Rum or Klipdrift Rum? Klipdrift

Sydney or Cape Town? Cape Town

Melbourne or Cape Town? Cape Town (after some hesitation!)

Three people you’d like to have dinner with (alive or no longer living)? Hugh Laurie, Christopher Hitchens, and Michael Jordan

Favourite movie? Lord of the Rings

Last movie seen? Titanic

Favourite book? Lord of the Rings

Last book read? American Sniper

Other information:

Racquet used? Recently has started using Srixon racquets (of golf ball fame). He is the only male currently on the ATP tour to use them. Kevin is very happy with their support of his tennis as well as his wife’s golf needs!

Education after school? Attended University of Illinois for 2 and a half years and in 2007 was named the Dike Eddelman Athlete of the Year. Finished half of a business oriented degree. Kevin may go back to University after tennis to complete this degree.

Dave Marshall is writing exclusively for Sport24 from the 2015 Australian Open in Melbourne

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