South African Kevin Anderson, fifth in the world rankings and current Wimbledon runner-up, is the third confirmed tennis player for the 2019 Estoril Open, running from April 27 to May 5, the organization announced today.
Kevin Anderson, 32, may be the first top-5 in the history of the event, if he maintains his current status, he joins the 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas, a semi-finalist at the recent Australian Open, at the Estoril Open and the Australian Alex de Minaur, 19, champion in Sydney.
Kevin Anderson (5th ATP), Stefanos Tsitsipas (12th) and Alex de Minaur (28th) present the particularity of, in the latest ‘ranking’ released by the ATP Tour, occupy the best positions ever in their careers.
“Estoril and Cascais are clearly two of my favorite places on the circuit and I can not wait to return to play the tournament again,” said Kevin Anderson in a message sent to the director of the event, João Zilhão.
With 2.03 meters tall, Kevin Anderson is not only the highest-ever finalist in the history of Grand Slam tournaments (losing the 2017 US Open title for Rafael Nadal and Wimbledon in 2018 for Novak Djokovic) but also the highest tennis player ever to join the top-5.
The arrival of the top five finishes at the age of 32, after turning professional only at the age of 21, for having opted to pursue higher studies at the University of Illinois, which represented in the strong US college tennis circuit.
“After announcing two new-generation protagonists who discussed the NextGen final of the ATP Tour in 2018, we now present the name of an experienced player who has cemented his position in the world tennis elite and who this week appears in the top five of the hierarchy, “said João Zilhão.
The director of Estoril Open recalls that Kevin Anderson has already played two finals in Grand Slam tournaments and in the tournament last year’s season finale reached the ATP Finals semi-finals
“It is always a guarantee of quality in any kind of surface, having even starred before Richard Gasquet and João Domingues two of the best encounters in the short history of our tournament,” said João Zilhão.
Kevin Anderson has won six titles in 19 finals, having collected his last trophy in the first week of this season by striking at the ATP in Pune (India), following the highest ‘high’ final of all time -6, 6-7, 7-6 in front of Croatian Ivo Karlovic, 2.11 meters high).
At the Estoril Tennis Club it was a semi-finalist in 2017 and, last year, yielded in the second round against striking Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, but soon the following week reached the semi-finals of the Masters 1000 in Madrid.