An American Tale: Kevin Anderson’s US Open journey highlights S. Africans’ influence on American, global tennis

Later today in the 20-year-old Arthur Ashe Stadium, on the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center campus, America’s second oldest major sporting event will come to a conclusion. A default ambassador of sport for his native South Africa — and the continent of Africa — 31-year-old Kevin Anderson will have a chance to write himself into the history books with a win over Spain’s Rafeal Nadal.

KEVIN’S QUICK FACTS

Country: South Africa || Birth Date: May 18, 1986 || Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa || Residence: Gulf Stream, Florida || Height: 6 ft. 8 in. ( 2.03 meters ) || Weight: 205 lbs. ( 93.2 kilos ) || Plays: Right Handed || Turned Pro: 2007 || Marital Status: Married || Spouse: Kelsey (O’Neal) Anderson || US Opens Played: 7 || Best Singles Performance:Quarter Finalist (2015) || Best Doubles Performance: 2nd Round (2010) || Career Singles Titles: 3 || Career Doubles Titles: 1

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