A year ago, Kevin Anderson couldn't repeat his incredible run from 2017 when he played in the final at the US Open but there was still room for him to stay in the top-10 and secure the spot at the ATP Finals for the first time.
In London, Kevin defeated Kei Nishikori and Dominic Thiem to reach the semi-final where he lost to Novak Djokovic, ending the season on a high note and hoping for more of the same in 2019. Nonetheless, things have not been that bright for the South African this year, struggling with right knee and right elbow injuries and playing only 15 matches by Wimbledon.
Following the latest departure from the US Open, Kevin and his team have decided to skip the rest of the season and charge batteries for 2020, eager to make a fresh start next January at the ATP Cup in Australia. At the beginning of the season, the six-time ATP champion prevailed against Ivo Karlovic to win the title in Pune in what had been the tallest ATP final in the Open era, losing early at the Australian Open and skipping all the action until Miami where he won just four games against Roger Federer in the quarter-final.
Staying away from the entire clay season to rest that troubled elbow, Kevin returned at Queen's and lost in the second round, heading to Wimbledon with no form or momentum and hitting the exit door in the third round when Guido Pella toppled him in straight sets.
This means Anderson will skip the upcoming Laver Cup for Team World and drop out from the top-80 for the first time since the summer of 2010 after the ATP Finals, having 1260 points to defend in the rest of the season and standing on 1870 at the moment.
"Hey everyone. 2019 has been a very difficult and frustrating year for me on the tennis court. I was so pleased to start well, winning the title in Pune, but since have not been able to get healthy to compete at the level I want to.
I have spoken with my team, consulted with doctors, and we have decided that the best course of action is to take the rest of the year off and prepare for 2020. This will give me enough time to undergo more rehab processes and get healthy.
I'd like to thank you again for all your support and well wishes, and I look forward to getting back on the court in the new year. All the best, Kevin."