Kevin Anderson: Training in SA is difficult for me

Kevin Anderson said the differences in altitude make training locally tough.

FILE: Kevin Anderson said the differences in altitude make training locally tough. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - South African tennis star and world number 15 Kevin Anderson said training in the country would make things difficult for him and disrupt the fluidity of his schedule.

Anderson, who dropped from 14th in the world after he crashed out of Wimbledon at the hands of eventual winner Novak Djokovic, has been at the centre of controversy involving Tennis South Africa about his participation in the Davis Cup for the country.

Anderson said the differences in South African and international tennis make training locally tough.

"We do so much travel throughout the year, and I'm from Johannesburg, where we've also got the altitude. We don't play any tournaments at that altitude. It really affects my style of tennis and it's much more difficult to train in that kind of environment. It's one of those things that poses quite a few challenges."

He believes tennis infrastructure in the country needs an upliftment if up and coming players are to compete on the global stage.

Anderson said infrastructure development will take South African tennis to new heights.

"I think the actual infrastructure SA is good, just like anything there are ways to improve it. But I think the big thing, especially from South Africa is, because we are far from the tennis world, we need to try to gain as much exposure as possible."


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 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."