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Kevin Anderson harbours no retirement thoughts

02 Jul 2020, 04:42 GMT+10

South African tennis star Kevin Anderson harbours no thoughts of retirement.The 34-year-old has used the coronvirus-enforced break to shake off his recent injury woes.Anderson is a former world No 5 and two-time Grand Slam finalist.

Like a boxer sent to the canvas repeatedly after his string of injuries during the past 18 months, two-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson has no thoughts of throwing in the towel at the age of 34.

Indeed as South Africa's most notable tennis player of the past decade described it after his second knee injury shortly before the coronavirus pandemic placed a hold on tournament play, the future for him is figuratively today.

Anderson, in fact, believes he is now in better physical shape than at any stage of the past two years after meticulously recuperating and easing back into fitness at his Miami home in the United States during the past three months.

He is raring to go when the ATP circuit resumes and sees himself as a definite starter in the US Open, in which he reached the final in 2017 before losing to the redoubtable Rafael Nadal, which gets underway at the end of August should the coronavirus scourge permit.

Standing in the way of Anderson is the deterioration of his one-time high fifth world ranking to a current sombre 123rd as a result of his injuries and struggle to find form in the intermittent tournaments in which he participated.

His lowly ranking means he will struggle to gain any sort of seeding when the eagerly-awaited ATP circuit resumes - most likely without spectators at most events - and he bids to return to the top bracket.

Anderson, incidentally, at 6ft 8in, is the tallest player to reach a Grand Slam final since the open era was launched more than 50 years ago.

He now faces another tall order in the midst of the tennis turmoil - comforted, somewhat, that he will not be alone in bidding to find form when the game gets into full swing again.

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