Kevin Anderson is moving in the right direction in terms of his world ranking in 2017. Photo: Eric Bolte, USA TODAY SPORTS

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s Kevin Anderson has been seeded 28th in the men’s singles of the US Open starting in New York on Monday.

A mostly healthy Anderson has boasted improved form this season, moving to 32 in the ATP rankings, after battling for much of 2016 with injury.

The 31-year-old made it to the quarter-finals of the Canadian Open recently before being eliminated.

It was then on to his first final in two years at the Citi Open, where he lost to Germany’s Alexander Zverev for the title in the first week of August. 

Anderson is again heading in the right direction of the rankings, helped in part by also making the last-16 at Wimbledon in July, after dropping to 80th in January after battling with injury last season.

The 6-foot 8-inch big-serving Anderson reached a career high of 10th in the ATP singles rankings in October 2015.

Anderson reached three finals during that 2015 season – Memphis, The Queen’s Club, and Winston-Salem.

But last year, left knee, right shoulder and ankle and groin problems forced him to retire from two matches and withdraw altogether from nine tournaments.

This season, Anderson worked through hip injuries to start the year, but he’s gradually felt healthier, and his level and confidence has followed.

Meanwhile, World No 1s Rafael Nadal and Karolina Pliskova headline the seeds for the tournament.

For Nadal, it is his third time seeded No 1 at the US Open, following 2008 and 2010, when he won the first of his two championships in New York (the other came in 2013).

Pliskova is the top seed at a major for the first time after claiming the No. 1 spot in the WTA rankings at Wimbledon.

Last year’s US Open runner-up is the fourth different women’s No 1 seed in Flushing Meadows in the past eight years.

As the top seeds, Nadal and Pliskova will be placed at the opposite end of the draw to No 2 seeds Andy Murray and Simona Halep, and therefore would not meet their closest rivals before the finals.

The men’s and women’s singles draws will be made later on Friday.

African News Agency (ANA)