Kevin Anderson is a South African professional tennis player. He was born on May 18, 1986 to parents, Michael and Barbara, who retired from owning as well as operating an engineering business. His father currently works part-time in a hotel business. Incidentally, his father used to play tennis as well as competitively run 800-meter races.
Anderson began playing tennis when he was just six years old. He played collegiately for three seasons at the University of Illinois. He also has a younger brother, Gregory, who also plays tennis at Morehead State University, Kentucky. Anderson is currently being coached by his father and Brad Dancer.
Anderson turned pro in 2007, but prior to that, Anderson played in three seasons of college tennis. Through that, he became All-American for singles thrice, and twice doubles. During his second year in college, he won the National Doubles Championship with partner, Ryan Rowe. By the summer of 2007, Anderson made his decision not to go through with senior year, and went to pursue his professional tennis career full-time.
Anderson participated in his first professional tournaments in June of 2006. He managed to reach the finals of USA F13 and F21. He returned to Champaign and defeated Kevin Kim, reaching his first Challenger quarter-final. He finished his first year ranked at #517.
It was in 2011 that Anderson was able to win his first career title. Since then, he has done well, even winning against 4 Top 5 contenders in 2014. By 2015, Anderson found himself among the Top 10 ranked players and was going places. Unfortunately, he suffered some injuries in 2016, but managed to bounce back afterwards.
Throughout his professional career, Anderson has a record of 288-206 in singles, and 56-67 for doubles. He has participated in all the Grand Slam events, but he has yet to win a title. His best performance so far is at the 2017 US Open, where he reached the final round. Anderson is currently enjoying being ranked at No. 8, which he achieved on February 2018. This is the highest rank he has achieved so far. He also has 4 career titles in singles to his name.