Cape Town - South Africa’s Kevin Anderson has received the 2015 US Open Sportsmanship Award.
Anderson bowed out of the year’s final Grand Slam on Wednesday, losing 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 in the quarter-finals to Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka.
He will feel proud of his efforts though, having reached the last eight of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career.
After his defeat, the 29-year-old was chosen as the recipient of the USTA’s fifth annual US Open Sportsmanship Award.
The award is presented to the professional tennis player who best demonstrates excellence in sportsmanship throughout the US Open Series and the US Open.
“Of all the players on tour, Kevin consistently ranks among those who best embody respect and sportsmanship, even in the heat of competition,” commented Katrina Adams, the USTA’s chairperson, CEO and president. “He is a tremendous role model and is deserving of this year’s US Open Sportsmanship Award.”
Past winners of the award include Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki (2014), Li Na and David Ferrer (2013) and Bob & Mike Bryan and Samantha Stosur (2012).