The two-time Major finalist Kevin Anderson played 68 ATP matches in 2018, making a debut at the ATP Finals and reaching the final at Wimbledon. Following a career-high season, the South African couldn't remain on the same pace in 2019, struggling with a knee injury and playing only 21 encounters in the last 19 months, undergoing surgery last September and another this February.
Losing 250 points from Pune at the beginning of 2020, Kevin dropped out from the top-100 for the first time since April 2010. The South African played only seven ATP tournaments in the last 12 months at that point, also the ATP Cup, where he fought well against Novak Djokovic.
With the coronavirus holding the tennis action since March, Kevin is spending time at home in Florida with his wife and little daughter, Keira. He has enjoyed every moment of fatherhood while waiting to return to the court, still feeling he has enough fuel to fight against the best players in the world.
In 2021, Andreson will try to be a contender for Major and Masters 1000 titles again, leaving injuries behind him and working hard on the most reliable return.
"In 2021, If I'm a Grand Slam champion with some ATP Masters 1000 titles, that would be a very successful year-and-a-half,"
Anderson told ATP Tennis Radio.
"That's what I'm aiming for along with my team. I'm really looking forward to pushing myself and giving myself that opportunity. At this point in my career, it's the most important thing for me. Everything revolves around that.
We probably err on the side of caution right now, whereas, with tournaments, you might push through a little bit. I extended my recovery period by four or five weeks before getting back on the court. I've been training and have a friend who has a court at his house, a nice setup.
It's been quite some time since I was in that regular routine of competing and playing in tournaments. I'm trying to take care of my body as much as I can. Hopefully, I can take these six months that I haven't been playing and add that to the end of my career.
Some of my biggest strengths that helped me get to where I was in 2018 needed to change a bit. I've always had a good work ethic and always wanted to keep improving… I also needed to trust my abilities and the work I had put in.
That was a tough change for me at first. Stepping out of your comfort zone and seeing what needs to be done can be challenging, but it's something I've embraced, and I can see how it helps you become a tennis player."