Anderson: 'It’s Important To Try To Give Back As Much As You Can'

South African presented 2019 Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award in Brisbane

Kevin Anderson was presented with his Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award from the 2019 ATP Awards on Wednesday in Brisbane during the ATP Cup ahead of South Africa's tie against France.

“It means a lot. Obviously we spend a lot of time out here on the court and it’s very competitive, but I think it’s really important to try to give back as much as you can and fortunately as my career has gone on I feel I’ve been able to create a bit of a platform and I’ve tried to use that time as much as I can to give back,” Anderson told the crowd. “I couldn’t do this without my wife [Kelsey] as well. She’s been instrumental and we share the same vision. Hopefully as the years go by we’ll be able to increase our efforts off the court.”

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The South African supports a number of charitable causes, including First Serve, an organisation to help under-served children in Palm Beach County; Dezzy’s Second Chance Animal Rescue in South Florida; and Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas Alliance. Through a previous partnership with Spark Ventures, Anderson also helped to empower children living in extreme poverty in Zambia.

“It's nice having recognition but more so just raising awareness,” he said. “And it's not just me. I think if you look around there's a lot of tennis players who are really doing a great job giving back. Tennis has got a really unique culture where a lot of players help each other, especially with the charity events that we do often in the off-season.”

Ahead of the ATP Cup, Anderson hosted his third charity event, Courtside Cause, which raised more than $90,000. The previous December, he raised more than $100,000 through Cause for the Paws.

Anderson also received a 2020 ATP ACES For Charity grant worth $/€15,000 to support First Serve. Headquartered in South Florida, First Serve is an after-school program that serves children from impoverished and high-crime areas, with the goal of engaging, educating and empowering students and helping develop them into leaders in their communities.

“I think we can all do better. I certainly challenge myself every day. There are a lot of great causes you can get involved with,” Anderson said. “I just try to do better each and every single day.”

Previous winners of this award include Ashe, former South African President Nelson Mandela, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and 2018 recipient Tommy Robredo.