"My journey helped me become the man who I am today," Kevin Anderson retires at age 35

New Delhi: 

South African tennis player and two-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson announced his retirement on Tuesday.

Anderson ended his professional career after 15 years. He climbed to No. 5 in the ATP Rankings, win seven ATP Tour titles, and achieved two Grand Slam finals. 

Kevin announced his retirement on Twitter, he wrote, “I am so thankful for the wonderful things that have come my way purely because I was a part of this sport. As a kid, my Dad used to tell me that success isn’t defined by results, but by the effort and sacrifice you make along the way in becoming the best you can be. I gave it my best.”

He also wrote a note for everyone who has been a part of his tennis journey. He said, “I don’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t playing tennis. I started on the journey 30 years ago when my Dad put a racquet in my hands and told me if I was willing to work hard, I could be one of the best players in the world.” 

“Since then, tennis carried me far beyond my roots in Johannesburg, South Africa and truly gave me the world. I’ve experienced so many different challenges and emotions; this sport can be exhilarating and at the same time lonely. I’ve had ups and downs, but I wouldn’t change it for anything. My journey helped me become the man who I am today,” he added. 

Kevin has achieved significant highs in the sport, including becoming the top African in ATP Rankings history (since 1973) and competing in the ATP Finals in 2018.

He struggled with different injuries later in his career but crushed them to soar to his greatest heights, including runs to the final of the US Open in 2017 and Wimbledon in 2018.

The 35-year-old remained competitive until his retirement, lifting an ATP Tour trophy last July in Newport. His final match came in March at the Miami Open.

(With inputs from ANI)


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