Anderson seeks Green Card

2012-03-20 16:18

Johannesburg - Top South African tennis player Kevin Anderson is missing the crucial Euro-Africa Group One Davis Cup tie against Slovenia next month in order to pursue United States citizenship.

This was revealed by SA team captain John-Laffnie de Jager on Tuesday after Anderson, the world No 28, SA No 2 Rik De Voest and Fritz Wolmarans declared themselves unavailable for the tie.

A victory is needed against Slovenia to qualify for the World Group playoffs for the fourth year in succession.

"Kevin told me that while he is in the process of obtaining his green card he is not able to leave the United States without a visa," De Jager said.

"Without the visa he would be unable to travel to South Africa early next month for the Davis Cup tie."

De Jager said Anderson had been aware of the dates for the Slovenia tie for some time and an earlier application for a visa might have avoided the problem.

"It will be interesting to see if Kevin has his visa to travel to Europe for the start of the ATP clay court season, which gets underway... immediately after the Davis Cup event," said a clearly disappointed De Jager.

Anderson's presence at the Arthur Ashe Centre would have seemingly given South Africa a clear advantage against Slovenia as he would have easily been the highest-ranked player in either team.

"He would have been a major drawcard after winning an ATP tournament in the United States this year and establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with on the international circuit," De Jager said.

The SA captain remained confident about their chances of reaching the World Group playoffs, but admitted their ambitions had taken a major knock.

"I believe we still have a fighting chance of beating Slovenia," he said.

"Izak van der Merwe, Raven Klaasen and the other selected players [Ruan Roelofse and Jean Andersen] are raring to go.

"But obviously the absence of Anderson, De Voest and Wolmarans does make a considerable difference."

De Jager seemed more sympathetic in the cases of De Voest and Wolmarans, who had also given their reasons for missing the Slovenia tie.

"Rik has never let us down in almost a decade of representing South Africa in the Davis Cup, and he has been totally loyal to the cause," De Jager said.

"He told me his unavailabilty was due to pressing personal problems, and I believe it has to be something pretty serious for him not to play.

"Wolmarans has only recently recovered from lengthy injuries and does not want to let the country down.

"He suggested he needs to build his confidence and get to match fitness for an event as important as the Davis Cup."


  • neville.mclean - 2012-03-20 16:22

    I want to be upset about this, but know I shouldnt!

      Michael - 2012-03-21 12:14

      Why not, Neville? You have every right to be upset about this. It should upset you that he does not care enough about his teammates -- let alone all South Africans -- to play Davis Cup Tennis. It should upset you that thousands of young South Africans are losing a role model and a reason to play. It should upset you that men's tennis in South Africa is losing its first star in a decade. Of course, he has the right to do what he wants, but that certainly does not mean that you should not be upset.

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-03-20 16:24

    Roger Federer is even more South African than this loser. I bet he'll get that visa to go to Europe, and like captain de J├Ąger said- applying early might have avoided this. It just shows that this guy is not committed to representing anymore. It's him who earlier this month said that he's not very in touch with SA anymore or something like that, now this...

      Chad - 2012-03-20 18:02

      Have you been overseas? Show your sa passport at immigration and you are already suspicious. I stay in thailand and had to renew my passport at the height of a terrorism scare. Found we were classified the same afganistanis, and irainians. Do you blame him. Take off your blinkers, get out of the cocoon of sa mentality. The world is your oyster once you get out of sa. Forget about borders we are all just people......

      Dirk - 2012-03-20 18:47

      He is not doing anything more or less than what thousands of SAs are, or would like to do if they could. Green Card and citizenship? Yet another journalistic breakthrough by N24 !

  • Nigel - 2012-03-20 16:31

    chuck him out of SA tennis, he is using SA tennis to get a green card, bloody agent!!!

      Michael - 2012-03-20 17:15

      Better to get a green card than a red card from Malema!!!

      Ignatius - 2012-03-20 19:52

      What do you mean? It does not make sense

      Michael - 2012-03-20 22:18

      he's married to an american girl idiot, what do you expect, is he supposed to fly back to SA every 6 months to get his passport stamped???

      Craig - 2012-03-21 15:11

      He is using his skills as a tennis player to get his green card and why shouldn't he? what has SA done for him lately.

  • Hallo - 2012-03-20 16:36

    Share your views here:

  • Bulumko - 2012-03-20 16:37

    now that is very disappointing to hear...

  • Kevin - 2012-03-20 16:39

    He is an adult and self employed, he must do what he feels is right for himself and his future. Soppy sentimental nationalism will not feed him in the future. Will the fools feathering their own nest in Tennis South Africa provide for Anderson in the future?

      Ignatius - 2012-03-20 19:53

      you are right . The fools will not

      Michael - 2012-03-21 11:56

      So he can't play for his country and be a successful tennis player? Was that not precisely what Kevin Curren, Wayne Ferreira and Amanda Coetzer did in times much more trying than these. It is not Tennis SA's job to provide for their players in the future. No sport federation is charged with paying pensions, that is not how it works.

  • Denny - 2012-03-20 16:49

    Sadly it is hard to be patriotic to South Africa when you are bombarded with so many reasons not to be. I'd like to think I wouldn't have gone about my business in the way he has but I suspect he has his reasons.

      Anthony - 2012-03-20 17:24

      denny --we would all do exactly the same ---no argument --exactly the same ---dont like him --but --go kevin go

  • David - 2012-03-20 16:54

    As long as he flies our flag in tournaments, I don't care

  • theburg511 - 2012-03-20 16:56

    Lucky guy....i would give anything to change my citizenship. Unfortunately its not a case of "if you dont love SA f*** off then..." as im sure a lot of people will tell me. If you have a way out, and want it, take it. simple. I'm frustrated than I'm stuck here. I'm not proudly south african, never have been, never will be. I support our sports teams because I enjoy what they bring to the sport, that doesnt make me unpatriotic, it just makes me a sports fan.

      Stormkaap - 2012-03-20 17:02

      Then do something about it...apply for your card and go! get a paasport and go to Aussie, NZ and a host of other places.. You dont have to be stuck. You just dont have the kahunas to leave. In ander woorde jy is bang

      marina.poniatowska - 2012-03-20 17:11

      Play the Green Card Lottery - we did, and viola, here we are! US got problems - don't get me wrong. But it's sure as hell better than SA.

      Danny - 2012-03-20 18:50

      @Marina what company did you apply through? We want to enter byt there are a lot of scams out there.

      Stormkaap - 2012-03-20 20:50

      Marina give The Burg your contact as well

      Koos - 2012-03-21 04:28

      The Burg?? please provide contact details.

      Joan - 2012-03-22 09:35

      Dont go through any company to enter GC lottery. Obtain docs from embassy/consulate direcly. Saves money and chances the same.

  • Morne - 2012-03-20 18:41

    The man is looking after his own interests. Fair enough.Just don't expect any favours or compassion from South Africans when your career hits a wall.

  • wesleywt - 2012-03-20 18:47

    Another South African sport star trying hard to be a nobody somewhere else

  • craig.thom1 - 2012-03-20 19:14

    his looking after his own interest ,good for him

  • Ignatius - 2012-03-20 19:58

    Stormkaap , dit vat baie "guts" Om jou land te verlaat. So jy kan nie se die ou is bang nie. Jy het nie die :guts" om dit te doen nie. Ek dink ook nie jy het al n raket in jou hand gehad nie

  • Ignatius - 2012-03-20 20:02

    Hoekom dink julle ontrek soveel spelers ? Rik . Fritz, Kevin?. Vra vir Tennis Suid Afrika

  • Kevin - 2012-03-20 20:15

    I would imagine that a large chunk of his decision to apply for US citizenship, is BEE cause he does not want to one day have to tell his son/daughter that they can't play for SA BEEcause they are not black...

  • Ryan - 2012-03-20 20:52

    John, If you need someone to play I'm free that weekend. I just need to borrow a racket.

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-03-21 00:20

    It's shocking how many people are ok with this. I don't care how bad SA is...

      Koos - 2012-03-21 07:45

      Ja ja. It is not what you can do for your country, rather what you xcan do for yourselve. Country is only going in one direction and it is not forward.

  • donovan.lock - 2012-03-21 00:20

    Does this mean,he will not be representing south africa in tennis anymore? If he gets citizenship surely he has to give up his passport and therefore play for America?Very dissapointing that he could not have waited a few years and tried to help south african tennis in the davis cup and proudly support his country.

      Koos - 2012-03-21 07:46

      What did his country do for him, except wasting his tax money?

      Bruce - 2012-03-21 15:08

      A sportsman can't afford to wait a few years. One injury and your career is over!

  • Hallo - 2012-03-21 09:36

    As always, the wheel will turn and he will need his country again, like a considerably percentage of expats end up doing. Koss and all you trolls go play in traffic.

      Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-03-21 09:41

      Thumbs Up!!!!

      Koos - 2012-03-22 06:33

      I must say that boy Jackson was better looking when he was black.

  • coolshoesouthafrica - 2012-03-21 16:01

    Any SA sportsman with any brains would ply his trade in the US. Swimming, Tennis and Athletics especially. Why stay in SA and be managed by a bunch of clueless money hungry administrators?? Sport is a profession so follow your head and not your heart

      coolshoesouthafrica - 2012-03-21 16:05

      saying that I wonder how many of you out there making a big thing out of this have represented your country and experienced the pains and costs involved in SA sport

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