Anderson scores big win in Hall of Fame Open
Kevin Anderson came out on top of the Hall of Fame Open as he went on to beat Jenson Brooksby after a huge battle that saw them finish the match in just two hours and 11 minutes. Anderson has now notched his sixth ATP Tour title and is set for more runs this year.
It has been a tough run for Anderson as he entered the Open with a 5-6 record in the Tour-level games this season. The South African has battled back from injuries but bounced back in the Hall of Fame Open and now aims to play well in the next few tourneys.
The former World no. 5 has won his first tour-level run since Pune in 2019. Anderson is the first South African to ever win in the contest since Neville Godwin in 2001.
‘It’s been a pretty tough run with some injuries. But to be back here at the International Tennis Hall of Fame with such history, this couldn’t be a better week for me to start, hopefully, my comeback’, Anderson said. ‘I’m very motivated to get back. But it all starts with each match, and I was able to really grind it out’.
Anderson showed grit in the games. Each man had their chance to win big in the sets but it was the SA star who came out on top. He proved his worth well and showed he still has what it takes to shine.
Brooksby has put up a fight but it was Anderson who stole the show. He was able to clap back at most of the volley shots that he got and took them back to score the ball with ease. He made some key smashes and drops whenever he had the chance.
Anderson knows how vital it is for him to win. He thanked the contest for giving him a wild card. It was big for him to win here as he needed the vote of confidence. Now that he had his way, he would get what he needed to win and get back better for the years to come.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores