Cape Town - South African tennis star Kevin Anderson said he was “thrilled” to reach his highest ATP ranking.
This comes after the 2.03m beanpole was on Monday confirmed as No 8-ranked player on the official ATP rankings.
Anderson’s parents, Mike and Barbara of Sandton, had just finished framing a poster of their son after he had reached the No 9 spot courtesy of winning the New York Open earlier this month.
Then, over the weekend, Anderson messaged his parents after seeing what they had framed and said: “You can update the wall poster on Monday again to me at No 8!"
He also took to Twitter to express his delight:
Anderson is a mere 455 points behind No 7-ranked, David Goffin of Belgium and with very few points to defend in the coming weeks, the South African could well find his ranking improve later in the year.
However, Anderson will be mindful that breathing down his neck is No 9-ranked Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina) and No 10-ranked Jack Stock (USA).
This week Anderson is playing in the Mexican Open in Acapulco where he enjoyed a comfortable first round win over Radu Albot of Moldova, winning 6-4, 6-3.
Top 20 in the latest ATP Tour rankings:
1. Roger Federer (SWI) 10,105 pts
2. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 9,760
3. Marin Cilic (CRO) 4,960
4. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 4,635
5. Alexander Zverev (GER) 4,450
6. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 3,810
7. David Goffin (BEL) 3,280
8. Kevin Anderson (RSA) 2,825
9. Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) 2,745
10. Jack Sock (USA) 2,650
11. Sam Querrey (USA) 2,595
12. Stanislas Wawrinka (SWI) 2,475
13. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 2,470
14. Pablo Carreno-Busta (ESP) 2,405
15. Lucas Pouille (FRA) 2,335
16. Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 2,305
17. Tomas Berdych (CZE) 2,275
18. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 2,220
19. John Isner (USA) 2,205
20. Fabio Fognini (ITA) 1,985