Brisbane - Kevin Anderson had many reasons to be smiling, even after
going down in straight sets to Novak Djokovic on night two of the ATP Cup in
The primary reason being that he is back on the tour
after more than six months on the side-lines. Anderson was playing in his first
competitive match since Wimbledon 2019 following a serious knee injury.
Another reason for Anderson’s upbeat mood was the high
level of play he was able to showcase following this extended layoff.
match Anderson commented on the positives he gained from the loss.
“I was really pleased with a lot of things. I felt it was
a very high quality match and obviously my first match back in six months.”
Anderson further revealed that during his time off the
tour, he and his team had worked on several improvements in his game. This was
highlighted during the match with Djokovic, who was forced to dig deep to
overcome the big South African.
Being a part of a team environment and representing his
country provided Anderson with additional inspiration to perform at his best on
Playing for South Africa for the first time since the
2011 Davis Cup, in speaking about being back representing his country, Anderson
“…it's something I've been really looking forward to for
a long time. Obviously in the other team formats that we have had it's been
pretty difficult for me, schedule-wise, to always make myself available, so I’m
really pleased that I'm able to do so here”
Being the face of South African tennis for many years, it
is clear that Anderson revels in his role as an ambassador for the next
generation of South African tennis stars.
Welcome back, Big Kev!