Kevin Anderson to participate in Tata Open Maharashtra in 2019

Pune: World number six Kevin Anderson has confirmed his presence in the second edition of the Tata Open Maharashtra in 2019.

The Wimbledon runner-up is expected to be a top draw at the ATP 250 event to be played at the Mhalunge Balewadi Stadium.

The 32-year old just became the first South African in over two decades to qualify for the season-ending ATP Tour Finals after beating Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the finals of Vienna Open on Sunday.

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On the back of his fifth ATP title, Anderson rose to World No 6 joining Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin del Potro, Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev in qualifying for the elite event.

Prashant Sutar, Tournament Director, Tata Open Maharashtra was ecstatic after bringing back the in-form South African for the event.

“I happened to meet Kevin during Wimbledon and he expressed his willingness to come back to Pune as he was happy about how our event was conducted overall. We are delighted to have him back and will be one our star attractions for this year’s tournament,” said Sutar.

Last edition, the South African was one of the top players to have descended in Pune along with Marin Cilic, Simon Gilles among others.

In 2018, Anderson peaked at his career-high ranking of No 5 on 16 July, becoming the highest-ranked South African in ATP Rankings history.

(PTI)