PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia Freedoms today announced that world No. 5 Kevin Anderson is unable to play his scheduled matches on July 19 and 20 due to fatigue. However, Anderson will now attend the Freedoms match on July 25 for a non-playing appearance when Philadelphia hosts the 2017 WTT champion Orange County Breakers at 7:00pm ET at Hagan Arena on the campus of Saint Joseph’s University. Anderson is expected to visit a youth tennis clinic, visit with fans and sponsors, and join the team on the bench for the match.
The Freedoms are also pleased to announce that fans with tickets for the July 20 match can receive a complimentary ticket for the July 25 match which Anderson will attend. Ticket holders can go to the box office on the evening of July 20 to claim their free ticket or they can call the Freedoms box office for further information.
Anderson advanced to the Wimbledon finals last weekend after playing the longest semifinal in Wimbledon history (6 hours, 36 minutes) against John Isner. Anderson spent more than 21 hours on court just to reach the championship final, where he lost to former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
“I have always had a great experience with World TeamTennis and was really looking forward to playing for (Freedoms owner) Billie Jean King and the Philadelphia fans. I’m disappointed that I’m not physically ready to get back on the court to compete at the highest level, however I am glad I can come to town on July 25 to meet fans and support the Freedoms. I really appreciate the support of the team and fans during and since Wimbledon.”
The Freedoms are 2-0 after starting the 2018 season with two road wins on the west coast. The Freedoms return to Philadelphia for their home opener on July 19 which features 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens.