South African Kevin Anderson returned to the top 100 in the latest ATP rankings released on Monday following his success at the Hall of Fame Open in Newport.
The former world number five shot up 39 places from 113th to 74th after defeating American Jenson Brooksby 7-6, 6-4 on Sunday.
Anderson’s seventh ATP title was his first since 2019 when he defeated Ivo Karlovic in the Maharashtra Open final in Pune.
He is also the first South African to win the event since Neville Godwin claimed his one tour-level title way back in 2001.
The two-time Grand Slam finalist was happy to return to winning ways adding that he hoped his triumph could signal a turnaround in his fortunes after a difficult couple of injury-plagued years.
“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 ATP’s media team.
“I’m very motivated to get back. But it all starts with each match, and I was able to really grind it out.”
Anderson’s compatriot Lloyd Harris, meanwhile, dropped one place to 51st. In the ladies’ rankings, Tunisian trailblazer Ons Jabeur remained at 23rd, a career-high ranking she achieved on July 12.
This is when the hard work pays off 🏆
Pure delight for @KAndersonATP as he clinches his seventh title 🙌
— ATP Tour (@atptour) July 18, 2021