Johannesburg – South African tennis star Kevin Anderson said on Tuesday that he would be undergoing surgery to his right elbow and would subsequently be out of action for at least five weeks.

The 26-year-old Johannesburg based professional will be going under the knife in Melbourne on Tuesday, following his best showing as a professional in a Grand Slam since turning professional in 2007.

Anderson reached the fourth round at the Australian Open losing to world number six Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in three sets on Sunday.

“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,” Anderson said.

“The fragments need to be removed to protect against the possibility of future serious injury.

“The procedure is common amongst tennis players and the recovery time is estimated at four to six 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 in Australia, Anderson will travel to Auckland, New Zealand where he will recuperate and undergo his recovery process under the care of coach GD Jones and trainer Murray Hing.

Both Jones and Hing are based in Auckland. – Sapa