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Anderson: US feels like home

2012-03-05 17:08

Johannesburg - South Africa's No 1 tennis player Kevin Anderson has equalled his career-best ranking after winning his second ATP Tour title at the weekend.

Anderson climbed six places to 30th in the latest world rankings released on Monday.

The big-serving South African defeated Australian qualifier Marinko Matosevic 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) to win the Delray Beach International in Florida, United States, on Sunday.

Anderson admitted both players were feeling the pressures of the final, but felt that mentally he was prepared for the match.

"Both of us were a little nervous at the start of match, so I had to find my rhythm," Anderson said.

"I think at the end, I felt I was mentally composed throughout [the tournament]. I didn’t let any patches of bad tennis affect my mindset [this week]."

In his run to the final, Anderson beat former world No 1 Andy Roddick and current world No 11 John Isner.

Anderson was pleased with his performance and believed he had settled into life outside South Africa.

"It feels fantastic, it's my first one in the United States, which is great," he said.

"I feel apart from South Africa, this is my new home."

The South African No 1 celebrated his victory with his new wife Kelsey and South African coach Louis Vosloo, who said Anderson was strong throughout the tournament.

"Kevin was a tough nut to crack all week, a real mental giant," Vosloo said.

Anderson lifted his only other tour title, also an ATP 250 event, when he won the SA Open in February last year.

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Comments
  • Hugh - 2012-03-05 17:15

    Good for him I have no problem with that. Jounalists love to stir the pot so lets see what floats to the surface.

      Piet - 2012-03-05 17:38

      I agree....Tennis South Africa is worse than Cricket South Africa. No money, lack of sound management and just plain pathetic. Good for him.

      Sean - 2012-03-05 18:59

      Happy for you ! Best move you could have made ! S.A sport is obviously going one way !

  • Morne - 2012-03-05 17:51

    It does not matter what country you call home, that's a professional decision especially in sport. But I hope he did not mean he does not see himself as a South African anymore... That would be disappointing.

  • Onke Dali - 2012-03-05 18:06

    Who cares ? This is the best he'll probably do aanyways....he'll come back

  • Ntsumi16 - 2012-03-05 18:11

    I have seen the dude play & I'm not convinced he could ever win a major tournament so what's the point of being represented by mediocre players?

      Erik - 2012-03-05 18:24

      He's achieved more than you ever would! Good luck to him!

      johan.opperman1 - 2012-03-05 18:44

      "Represented by mediocre players" - you mean like our soccer team?

  • Pieter - 2012-03-05 18:21

    Let him stew in his own soup of arrogance. Sniff of sucsess and then he dumps his home country? Who needs a yello-belly?

      Samantha - 2012-03-05 19:04

      Pieter, I am guessing that the "yello-belly" (sic) term has something to do with South Africa not being a place for "sissies" (something that has been said to me many times). That being the assumption, I have the following food for thought: Many Europeans came to SA hundreds of years ago because of religious persecution in their own countries or because SA was a land of opportunity. If their descendants (i.e. we) now find that opportunities have dried up, or if we are being persecuted in South Africa, why is it a problem if we leave for greener pastures? Are we suddenly unpatriotic? Do we love South Africa less? Also, would you call someone who emigrated because they or their family had been victims of crime "yello"? Imagine saying that to someone whose wife, mother, or sister had been brutally raped and murdered? I know that other countries have their share of crime, but it is very dangerous to judge people who leave, for whatever reason. Kevin Anderson wants to further his career. For whatever reason, he believes that he cannot do that here. I am not sure whether people judged our forefathers when they came out to South Africa; but I wonder if we would have called them "yello-belly" for doing so?

      Hugh - 2012-03-05 19:45

      Pieter I have a couple of names for you: Ernie Else, Retief Goosen, Tim Clark, Rory Sabatini......there are plenty others. All based in the USA. It just makes sense since most of the travelling they do is between europe and the states. Roger Federer is based in Dubai. Do you think the Swiss fans are going to stop writing "sssssh Genius at work" because of his address.

      CapeChappy - 2012-03-06 09:22

      Pieter - He said "apart from South Africa, this is my new home". Try read the whole article not just the headline.

  • Nikki - 2012-03-05 18:45

    @ Pieter, Onke & Ntsumi....clearly you "knowledgeable" buffoons have never played semi-professional tennis in SA or at any level for that matter? Kevin has won his second ATP tourny and is 30th in the world...not even a flinch from anyone in Tennis/authorities at home nor a mention besides here in a dinky little article...it's a disgrace...tennis is one of the top 5 sports in the world and Tennis South Africa is absolutely pathetic....why should he stay in SA and receive ZERO support/recognition? He'll do much better in America where tennis is HIGHLY valued...get a grip chops!

      Bulumko Khambi - 2012-03-06 07:37

      i use to play junior tennis when the Anderson brother where play junior tennis in SA. To say that SA didn’t do nothing for him is a joke! These guys represented SA in a number of junior events and got organised sponsored and other benefits etc. So they got to assisted in junior yet to develop etc. before going to the State on scholarships. So, he definitely can be grateful about what SA tennis did for him...

      Onke Dali - 2012-03-07 18:17

      Calm yourself down Nikki

      Onke Dali - 2012-03-07 18:46

      Calm yourself down Nikki

  • Kevin - 2012-03-05 18:49

    All the idoits are coming out of the woodwork. Professional sport is a business for the player. He has a short shelf life from 18 to 32 so in 14 years he has do all he can to suceed. What did Tennis SA do for him? Has it given him the wherewithall to practice, correctly with a fitness trainer, coach, physiotherapist, travelling and accomodation expenses. No, so the country that has done most for his tennis career has received his allegence.

  • Ismail - 2012-03-05 19:07

    Going for the greencard ?? American dream?? Why not ...

  • Skhona Skratchy-l Luswazi - 2012-03-05 19:18

    You can leave mate if you happy In US as long you don't potrait bad image about the country of your birth like others cause you never know what future holds

      Sean - 2012-03-05 20:34

      Well , one thing is for sure , the future here is not very bright !

  • Proto - 2012-03-06 20:28

    another kevin pietersen

  • Proto - 2012-03-06 20:29

    another kevin pietersen

  • Vic - 2012-03-12 12:59

    Not quite sure how to read Anderson's comment "apart fom SA this is my new home". Does he mean "that apart from SA", or does he mean he feels "apart from SA" & therefore his new home is USA.??? Think about it.!! He's been based over there for quite a long time now, which is fully in order, as NONE of the top professional sportsmen, still base themselves here, as it all "happens elsewhere in the world" & NOTHING is happening in SA, as far as tennis is concerned----it's DEAD here & has been for many years now.!! But.....Anderson hardly ever makes himself available fo the Davis Cup, which is APPALLING, as all the other TOP & BEST players in the world periodically do, for their countries.! Does he feel & think he's "above" it....I think it sucks & so does he, in this regard.!!

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