Top-ranked Kevin Anderson’s sweet taste of success at the Australian Open has been soured by the news that he underwent surgery in Melbourne on Tuesday.
Anderson celebrated his best Grand Slam tournament to date when he reached the fourth round of the Aussie Open before bowing out to fifth seeded Tomas Berdych on Saturday.
The 26-year-old needed surgery to his right elbow and is expected to be of court for around five weeks.
Sports24 reports that Anderson said from Melbourne on Monday: “Today I am undergoing a straightforward procedure to remove some loose bone fragments from my right elbow which were discovered by MRI diagnosis during the Sydney International [where he reached the final].
“The fragments need to be removed to protect against the possibility of future serious injury. The procedure is common among tennis players and the recovery time is estimated at 4-6 weeks.
“Unfortunately I will have to withdraw from the San Jose and Memphis ATP events and my hope is to be fit and ready to defend my title in Delray Beach at the end of February.”
Following the operation, Anderson will travel to Auckland in New Zealand where he will recuperate and undergo his recovery process under the watchful eyes of coach GD Jones and trainer Murray Hing.