Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
3 minute read
8 May 2022
8:00 am

Kevin Anderson was respected by most – even the teammates he dropped

Wesley Botton

Anderson did drop our national squad - even he will admit that - but he never dropped our nation.

South African tennis player Kevin Anderson announced his retirement this week. Picture: Getty Images

In 2010, given my first opportunity to travel overseas for work, I covered a Davis Cup tie between South Africa and Germany. It was a big one for the SA team, who were aiming to qualify for the top-flight World Group for the first time in 12 years. The tie, in Stuttgart, was awesome. I ate horrible black sausage, drank spectacular beer and got to know some of the players, along with captain John-Laffnie de Jager. While I revelled in a brand new environment, however, the national team's prospects on court were a little more bleak. The players clearly enjoyed...