How Alexis Castorri helped Kevin Anderson reach the US Open final

How Alexis Castorri helped Kevin Anderson reach the US Open final

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Behind every successful man, there is a great woman. In the case of Kevin Anderson, there are two. One is his wife, Kelsey, who put her accounting career on hold in order to travel with Anderson on Tour and manage his finances and business dealings.

The other is famed sports psychologist Alexis Castorri, who has helped players make the most of their mental game since she first changed Ivan Lendl’s career in 1985. “Unfortunately, I will never fully understand tennis,” Castorri has said of the sport.

“Like golf, it is a sport that cannot be mastered entirely because of all the constantly changing elements.” Having lost so many Grand Slam finals, Lendl decided to embark on a punishing new diet and mental training regime.

He wanted to forge both an iron body and an iron mind. “I was afraid to look deep inside me and find nothing,” he explained later. “But if I did not find the courage to do so, then I would just continue to complain.” When Castorri joined Lendl’s team in January of 1985, she bet him a thousand dollars that he would win the US Open that year and become world number one.

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