Johannesburg - South African tennis ace,
Kevin Anderson, is at his highest ever world ever ranking of 14 after reaching
the final of the Queen’s Club event in London at the weekend.
Anderson lost 6-3, 6-4 to world No 3 Andy
Murray in Sunday’s final but moved up three spots in the ATP rankings.
South Africa (TSA) applauded the “gentle giant” of South African tennis for
breaking into the world’s top 15 and reaching his 10th ATP final.
The national tennis body also congratulated
Raven Klaasen, the country’s top ranked doubles player (No 25), for winning the
coveted Gerry Webber Open at Halle in Germany with new American partner Rajeev
Ram on Sunday.
The win in Halle was Klaasen’s seventh
career doubles title and his first with Ram.
There was also confirmation from TSA that Anderson
had made himself available to play Davis Cup for his country on condition that
there is a contribution toward his team’s expenses.
TSA is keen to include Anderson in the
line-up for the crucial upcoming tie against Ireland at Pretoria’s Irene
Country Club from July 17 to 19, but is unable to cover the costs that Anderson
requests to play.
The tennis governing body is therefore urgently
seeking a sponsor to assist in the covering of the costs.
needs to make himself available for Davis Cup duty this year and next in order
to qualify for the Rio Olympics. Anderson has made himself available subject to
his expenses being covered.
have until 10 days before the tie to name our team to play Ireland according to
Davis Cup rules and are doing all we can to secure a sponsor for Kevin to
secure him as part of the team, ” confirmed Gavin Crookes, President and acting
CEO of TSA.
last time Anderson wore the green and gold was against Croatia in Potchefstroom
appealed to corporate South Africa to contact their offices should any
interested sponsor be willing to invest into Anderson and Davis Cup.
of whether a sponsor could be sealed, signed and secured, Anderson has voiced
his commitment to his country of birth South Africa and TSA have said they will
support Anderson and agree to sanction Anderson to play in next year’s