5 November 2015
Tennis player Kevin Anderson is currently ranked 12th in the ATP World Tour rankings and has been nominated for the tour’s Fan’s Favourite Awards, which include among others Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Gael Monfils. The award recognises not only outstanding performances throughout the year, but also looks at the popularity of players with courtside fans and global supporters.
Anderson now need his country’s full support to win the ATP award, as the winner is decided by the fans through global online voting.
On Monday, 1 November, Anderson tweeted to his over 45 000 followers that he was grateful to be nominated by the fans and hoped he could rely on South African fans to vote for him to claim the top spot.
— Kevin Anderson (@kevinanderson18) Novembe r 1, 2015
Anderson’s nomination and growing popularity on the tour caps an exceptional year for the 29-year-old South African. He reached the fourth round at Wimbledon, where he led eventual champion Novak Djokovic two sets to love, taking both sets through tiebreakers.
But his big moment of the year was at the US Open, where he defeated Andy Murray, advancing to his first-ever quarter-finals in a major after seven failed attempts. He won the first two sets, then lost the third set via tiebreaker, but after a hard-fought fourth set, Anderson pulled away, winning the tiebreaker 7-0 and capturing the victory.
Anderson won the Winston-Salem Open in August, and was runner-up in the Queen’s Club Championships and the US National Indoor Tennis Championships.
A regular on the ATP tour since 2008, Anderson achieved his career-high ranking of number 10 on 12 October 2015. He is the first South African to be ranked in the top 10 since Wayne Ferreira in 1997. Anderson is currently ranked 12th, following quarter-final exits from tournaments in China and Austria.
— ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) November 3, 2015
Fans can vote for Anderson on the ATP World Tour website. Voting closes on Monday, 9 November.
Watch some of Kevin Anderson’s 2015 highlights