It is striking to see a player of Kevin Anderson's level out of the hundred best in the world, but such a painful fall in the ranking could only come due to external problems. In this case, the damn injuries. The one who was world number 5 two summers ago is going through one of the most complicated stages of his career, with several operations and steps through the operating room.
He became the top-ranked male South African player on 10 March 2008 after making the final at the 2008 Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas. He achieved his career-high ranking of world No. 5 on 16 July 2018. He was the first South African to be ranked in the top 5 since Kevin Curren was No.
5 on 23 September 1985. “My recovery’s gone great,” Anderson told the ATP official website. “I think it’s been really successful so far. I probably would have been ready for Monte-Carlo and the clay-court season.
Obviously that’s not going to happen anymore, so we just had to readjust and now I’ll be at home and I feel like the toughest part of getting over the surgery and recovery has been done. I feel quite confident where I am right now and I can maintain as much as I can while not being able to train properly and hopefully things settle down and it’s more safe to go outside, I’ll be able to resume and get back with things.
Obviously now it’s two things: ‘A’ was getting over my surgery, which I feel I was doing a really good job with. [Then] we are faced with a sort of unprecedented time and obviously just like a lot of other players have expressed, the concern is more for globally getting this under control for many people. I think it’s bigger than our sport right now”.