First On EWN: Kevin Anderson not in USA's sights
Former USTA boss Dave Haggerty says he's not aware of any plans for Anderson to play for the USA.
CAPE TOWN - The former president of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Dave Haggerty, has told EWN Sport that under his watch they never made an approach to Kevin Anderson about the possibility of playing for the USA and not South Africa.
Anderson who has routinely maintained his commitment to South Africa, recently withdrew from participating in the Davis Cup saying he felt 'let-down' by an inaccurate statement by Tennis South Africa over him taking his place in the team.
This added fuel to the fire that Anderson, who gains US citizenship later this year, could switch his allegiance, with the top American John Isner currently ranked 4 places below him on the world rankings at number 18.
Speaking from Wimbledon, Haggerty, who stepped down earlier this year, said he's not aware of any plans for Anderson to play for the USA.
"I don't think there have been any conversations between the federation and Kevin, about or Kevin approaching us. I know that there's a situation going on with South Africa and I think that will be dealt with best by Kevin himself."
Haggerty said that despite the amount of international quality players that choose to base themselves in the US, as a rule they don't actively look to those players to switch allegiances to the USA.
"In the United States. we really haven't made it a point to try to change citizenship. You know that many international players happen to come to the United States to play because of university work. A lot of players will come, but we don't try to switch nationalities or citizenship because of that."