Kevin Anderson throws the first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game earlier this week. Photo: @Cubs via Twitter

CAPE TOWN – Kevin Anderson seems to be on a never-ending upward trajectory.

He’s made the US Open and Wimbledon final (having beaten Roger Federer on his way there at the All England Club), and is a regular top-10 presence on the ATP Tour world rankings.

Just last week, he beat Novak Djokovic 7-6 5-7 10-6 in the team-format Laver Cup, getting “revenge” for his Wimbledon final defeat – having lost six out of seven ATP Tour encounters previously.

Then, the 32-year-old Anderson was invited to the Chicago Cubs baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday.

It was a homecoming of sorts for the lanky South African, as he had studied at the University of Illinois, although he now lives in Florida.

With the Laver Cup taking place in Chicago, it was an ideal time to get Anderson involved at the Cubs, and he thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

“Such an honour to throw the first pitch tonight! #Cubs” Anderson tweeted in reply to a post from the Cubs.

Ninth-ranked Anderson will reportedly be back on court at the Japan Open in Tokyo on October 1.

The big-serving South African will be keen to go far in the tournament to push for a top-eight spot in the final ATP rankings to qualify for the ATP Finals in London, which starts on November 11 at the O2 Arena.

 

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