The highest-ranked South African man in history, Anderson’s ranking peaked at No.5 after his memorable run to the Wimbledon 2018 final. He saved a match point to defeat defending champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals then overcame Team World teammate John Isner in the longest Grand Slam semifinal in history, which ended after six hours and 35 minutes in a 26-24 fifth set.
Anderson honed his game playing college tennis, earning All-American honors for three consecutive years with the University of Illinois. He is now based in Florida with his wife Kelsey, who he married in 2011. A former competitive 800-meter runner, Anderson describes himself as an adrenaline junkie who enjoys outdoor adventures and racing sports cars.
Reaching the US Open final in 2017 kick-started a career-best year for the late-blooming Anderson. The big server is now firmly entrenched in the world’s top 10 and has the improved self-belief to challenge for major titles. An elbow injury restricted Anderson to only three tournaments for the first five months of the 2019 season.