Former world No. 5 Kevin Anderson was thrilled after winning his first ATP title since 2019 in Newport. Anderson, 35, beat rising American star Jenson Brooksby 7-6 (8) 6-4 in the Newport final. “It’s been a pretty tough run with some injuries.
But to be back here at the International Tennis Hall of Fame with such history, this couldn’t be a better week for me to start, hopefully, my comeback," Anderson said during the trophy ceremony, as quoted on the ATP website.
"I’m very motivated to get back. But it all starts with each match, and I was able to really grind it out”.
Anderson grateful to the Newport organizers
Anderson received a wildcard for Newport and he ended up making it all the way at the tournament.
“Thanks to the tournament for giving me a wild card. It definitely worked out for me," Anderson said. "The last time I was here was in 2008. It’s significant in a way. I was just starting my career, and I guess I’m towards the end, but definitely [am] very motivated to keep going”.
Anderson had the first break points of the match but Brooksby saved two break points in the fourth game. Anderson saved two break points in the seventh game and one more break point in the 11th game to force a tie-break.
Brooksby, 20, had two set points in the tie-break but he failed to convert as Anderson realized his second set point to win a tight opener. After winning a tight first set, Anderson claimed the first break of the match in the opening game of the second set.
Anderson then held on to his serve the rest of the way to book a straight-set win. “It’s amazing to get all the support from you guys, it gives me energy,” Brooksby said. “It was awesome playing here and I hope to be back again and pushing for more of these results”.