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Kevin at US Open

By Mark Etheridge

Top ranked singles player Kevin Anderson will be in first round action on Monday in the year’s final Grand Slam tournament, the US Open in New York.

He comes up against Japan’s Go Soeda, currently ranked 122nd in the world after a career-high ranking of 90th earlier this year.

Anderson is currently ranked 34th in the world and he’ll also take a big height advantage into the match, standing 25 centimetres taller than his 26-year-old opponent.

The two have never met at the highest level, only at a Challenger level last year where Anderson prevailed in straight sets in the semi-finals before going on to win the tournament.

Anderson had a rough patch last week, failing to start the Winston-Salem Open after withdrawing before the first round.

“I unfortunately got pretty sick the night before my match,” Anderson told Road to London 2012. “It was from some food poisoning I think.

“But it came and went, so I’m feeling fine now. Just needed to rest a day or two.”

Anderson, like most people in the New York vicinity, will be keeping a close eye on the elements, in this case the arrival of Hurricane Irene.

“In New York now, playing my first match on Monday. They have shut the tennis centre now because of the hurricane, and it only opens again on monday.

“I’ll be heading back to South Africa after the US Open, for Davis Cup.


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