The tall South African, who stands 6ft 8in and towered over his opponents, reached a career high number five in the world in 2018 before slipping out of the top 100 following a succession of knee, shoulder and knee injuries. at the ankle.
“I’ve been through so many different challenges and emotions, this sport can be exhilarating and lonely at the same time. I’ve had ups and downs, but I wouldn’t change it for the world,” he said. he said in a statement on Twitter. .
A note for everyone who has been part of my tennis journey. (1-4/5) https://t.co/atueKpob84
– Kevin Anderson (@KAndersonATP) 1651585784000
“My journey has helped me become the man I am today. Today I finally made the difficult decision to retire from professional tennis.
“As a child, my father used to tell me that success is not defined by results, but by the effort and sacrifices you make along the way to becoming the best you can be. I gave the best of myself.”
After passing through the American university system, Anderson turned professional in 2007. He came close to winning a Grand Slam twice, losing the US Open final in 2017 and the Wimbledon final in 2018 to Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic respectively. .
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