Former Top 5 Kevin Anderson won his first career title since the start of 2019 with a grass victory today in Newport over American upstart Jenson Brooksby 7-6(8), 6-4.
Anderson’s sixth career win was his first since 2019 in Pune, India. The 35-year-old who twice made a Grand Slam final has been snakebit by injuries having dealt with shoulder, elbow and two right knee surgeries.
“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 told the crowd. “I’m very motivated to get back. But it all starts with each match, and I was able to really grind it out.”
Along the way, Anderson came from a set down to beat Jack Sock in the quarters and top seed Alexander Bublik in the semifinals.
Anderson was once as high as No. 5 after his 2018 Wimbledon final run. He won this title at No. 113 but will jump to No. 74.
The 20-year-old Brooksby of California was appearing in his very first ATP final in just his four tour-level event. He also became the second-youngest finalist in the event’s 45 years, after 19-year-old Greg Rusedski won the title in 1993.
“It’s amazing to get all the support from you guys, it gives me energy,” Brooksby said. “It was awesome playing here and I hope to be back again and pushing for more of these results.”
On Saturday, the tournament held the Hall of Fame Ceremony with the class of 2020 and 2021 getting inducted. Both Goran Ivanisevic and Conchita Martinez headlined.
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