Kevin Anderson explains why he decided to end tennis career



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Kevin Anderson explains why he decided to end tennis career

Former world No. 5 Kevin Anderson admitted his passion for the game diminished in recent months and retiring from the game was the logical thing to do. On May 3, Anderson announced he was retiring from tennis. Anderson was clearly struggling with his game and results this year and he decided to call it a career after starting the season with a 1-5 record on the ATP Tour level.

Anderson finished his career with seven titles, he was twice a Grand Slam finalist and his career-high ranking saw him ranked at No. 5 in the world. “For many months I was continuing to play even though I felt my sheer passion and determination weren’t maybe quite there as they had been before," Anderson said, per Tennishead.

“After Miami I realised it had been slow progression over the last few months. It’s been a tough couple years for me. I’ve had multiple knee surgeries, but not just physically – mentally and emotionally, it’s been challenging”.

Anderson thought about retiring at Wimbledon

Miami turned out to be the final tournament of Anderson's career. Anderson, who was beaten by Novak Djokovic in the 2018 Wimbledon final, revealed he was contemplating to potentially end his career at The Championships.

In the end, Anderson decided against it as he couldn't commit himself to the required training and ppreparation. “It crossed my mind to play one more big tournament but my whole career has been focused on training professionally, being prepared for tournaments and wanting to do well," Anderson added.

“I knew it was time to step away. For me not to be fully vested in the competition and prepared and just to go and play at, say Wimbledon, for the sake of doing it one more time would not be who I am as a tennis player and I’m okay with that”.