World No. 14 Kevin Anderson has accepted a wildcard into the Winston-Salem Open, the tournament announced. After a two-year absence, the 33-year-old is set to return to Winston-Salem and make his fifth appearance at the tournament.
The top-ranked South-African made a splash at the Winston-Salem event in 2015 after beating France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the final. "We love having Kevin in Winston-Salem and are thrilled that his first matches since Wimbledon will be in the Triad,” Winston-Salem Open tournament director Bill Oakes said, per the tournament's website.
“He’s a tough competitor and knows that being here gives a great opportunity to prepare for the US Open." Anderson hasn't played since Wimbledon as a knee injury forced him to withdraw from Washington and the Masters 1000 events in Montreal and Cincinnati.
"We know he has struggled with injury for a lot of the year, but we are looking forward to watching him here this year,” Oakes added. “His size makes him a lot of fun to watch and the fan base here in Winston-Salem definitely enjoys cheering him on."