Two-time grand slam finalist Kevin Anderson has introduced his retirement from tennis.
The 35-year-old South African hit a peak of world quantity 5 in 2018 after the perfect 12 months of his profession during which he reached a primary slam ultimate on the US Open earlier than repeating the feat at Wimbledon.
The latter got here after an epic victory over John Isner within the semi-finals, which went to 26-24 within the ultimate set and was the catalyst for the introduction of final-set tie-breaks.
Anderson didn’t win a set in both ultimate, shedding to Rafael Nadal in New York and Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon, however can be remembered as a participant who maximised his potential.
Writing on social media, Anderson stated: “At the moment I lastly arrived on the troublesome determination to retire from skilled tennis.
“I’m so grateful for the great issues which have come my means purely as a result of I used to be part of this sport.
“As a child, my dad used to inform me that success isn’t outlined by outcomes however by the trouble and sacrifice you make alongside the way in which in changing into the perfect you could be. I gave it my finest.”
Anderson, who at 6ft 8in is without doubt one of the tallest main gamers of all time, got here late to the skilled ranks after learning on the College of Illinois and didn’t set up himself within the high 100 till 2010.
He rose steadily thereafter, reaching his first grand slam quarter-final on the US Open in 2015 and breaking into the highest 10 later the identical season.
In addition to his two slam finals, he additionally received seven ATP Tour titles, most lately in Newport, USA final summer season.
Accidents have more and more taken their toll, with Anderson present process surgical procedure on his ankle in 2016 and knee in 2020. Now ranked 107, he performed his ultimate match on the Miami Open final month.