World Number 11, Kevin Anderson withdrew from Citi Open 2019 due to a right knee injury. The South African was drawn to face the French player, Adrian Mannarino. Mannarino will now play the lucky loser, Norbert Gombos in the opening round of DC Open in the US Capital.
Kevin Anderson had a pleasing beginning this season. He was the top-seed at Maharastra Open in India and he won the title by defeating Ivo Karlovic in three sets in the finals. Since then, it has been an injury-plagued season for Anderson. He has won just seven matches on the ATP Tour and this year and he called off his clay-court season 2019 due to right elbow injury.
Upon his return to tennis on the grass-courts the second seed, Kevin Anderson defeated Cameron Norrie at Queen’s Club Championships and then lost to Gilles Simon in the next round. Arriving at the Wimbledon Championships 2019 as the reigning finalist, Kevin Anderson fell to Guido Pella in straight sets on the Centre Court.
South African, Anderson turned a professional tennis player in 2007 and since then he won six ATP titles. Last year at Wimbledon, he had closest to winning a major title, but it was the ‘Big Three’ player who impeded him from achieving that niche. Recently, he reflected upon the difficulties in pulling off a major title which involves aligning seven consecutive matches.
“It’s a lot of depth right now, it’s a great time to be playing the sport, and it’s also a tough time to be playing the sport. Without a doubt, I am good enough to play tennis and beat anybody, and it’s about putting together seven consecutive matches and that’s not easy to do. That’s why such a select few people have been able to win Grand Slams, there’s a lot of stuff to deal from an emotional standpoint,” Kevin Anderson said.