By: Talib Babb
The No.23 ranked tennis player in the world, Kevin Anderson, will join the defending Mylan World TeamTennis champion Washington Kastles for their first four matches of the season July 8 - 11. Last year, the six-foot-eight Anderson played with the Sacramento Capitals and led them to the WTT finals as a league rookie.
He shined in the finals despite the Capitals' loss to the Kastles. Anderson almost single-handedly defeated Washington after beating 2012 WTT Male MVP Bobby Reynolds 5-3 in singles.
"Playing in last year's finals, I saw for myself the energy and the passion of the Kastles players and fans," said Anderson in a team press release. "So I jumped at the chance to join the team, and I can't wait to get started on July 8."
Anderson rose to a career-high ranking of No. 23 in the world after fourth-round appearances in both the French Open and Australian Open. He advanced to the third round of Wimbledon this week following a pair of straight-set victories.
The 27-year old South African will join forces with Venus Williams in DC when the Kastles put their 32-match unbeaten streak on the line against the New York Sportimes on July 8 and the Boston Lobsters on July 9. If the Kastles win both matches, it would give them the longest winning streak in major U.S. pro sports history.
On July 11, Anderson will face former No. 1 Andy Roddick of the Springfield Lasers at Kastles Stadium. The two have split four career matches on the ATP World Tour, with Anderson winning their most recent encounters at Delray Beach in 2012 and Beijing in 2011.