After a six-month layover in 2019, Kevin Anderson made an impressive start of the season. He kickstarted his tennis season 2020 by playing quality tennis against Novak Djokovic at ATP Cup. Post that, he bagged a handful of wins during the Australian summer.
But unfortunately, now he has announced sad news for his fans. He has undergone surgery on his right knee in Miami, Florida. His comeback to the circuit is yet to be decided.
“Midway through December last year, during my off-season training, I injured my right knee,” Kevin Anderson announced on social media.
After injuring his knee, the Johannesburg resident, Anderson continued to swing his racquets on the professional tour. He had his knee scans in Australia. He was aware of his meniscus tear. And despite that, he traveled to the USA for the New York Open 2020.
“It is beyond difficult and frustrating” – Kevin Anderson
“I tried to push through both in training and on the match court, but it didn’t get better. I had scans done in Australia. And they, unfortunately, showed that I had suffered a medial meniscus tear,” the South African skyscraper added.
“After consulting with medical professionals and my team, we decided that having surgery was the best way forward. I had the procedure done on Wednesday.”
In 2019, Kevin did not step on the professional tour after his third-round Wimbledon loss. Last year he just won 11 matches and called off his season in September due to his injury woes.
“It is beyond difficult and frustrating to have to deal with this, after the setbacks I had last year. But I know it’s the right decision for me to get back [to] where I want to, and rest assured I will do everything in my power to get there,” Anderson concluded.
After Wimbledon 2019, he was ranked outside the top-ten rankings. Since then his rankings on the ATP ladder have fallen steeply and now he is ranked 121st in the world.
The South African tennis ace Anderson previously won a title at Maharashtra Open 2019 by defeating Gilles Simon in the finals.