Johannesburg - Tennis SA chairman Gavin Crookes has confirmed reports on Tuesday that had
intensified about the intention of the country's number one tennis
player, Kevin Anderson, to switch his allegiance to the US.
we have heard nothing on this issue from Kevin or anyone else, but we
have asked our contacts in the States to approach him and come up with
some kind of information to at least clear the air," Crookes said.
the reports were to be confirmed, Anderson could make himself available
to represent the US in Davis Cup competition next year.
8in Anderson, currently ranked 17th in the world, had declined to
represent South Africa over the past three years, during which time he
obtained dual citizenship -- after his marriage in 2011 to Kelsey O'Neal
The International Tennis Federation rules stipulate
a player must have had a three-year break before being eligible to
switch countries in international tennis's premier team event.
"Naturally it would be a huge blow if we lost the services of a player of Kevin's calibre," Crookes said.
we will have to respect any decision he might make and accept that he
believes the switch will serve to better his future tennis prospects."
consultant Bruce Davidson said he had been in touch with the US Tennis
Association regarding the Anderson issue but it had no information on
"But TV commentators at the recent Canadian Open ATP
Masters tournament made no bones about declaring that Anderson would be
representing the United States in next year's competition," Davidson
Anderson came up against US number one John Isner in the
first round of the Cincinnati Masters tournament on Monday, losing 6-3
6-4 to make an early exit from the tournament -- but not before
television commentators suggested they could be teammates in next year's