Attempting to reach the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time, the 28-year-old South African was eliminated by former world No.1 Rafael Nadal of Spain in straight sets at Melbourne Park.
Anderson confirmed he was taking a short break at home this week in Delray Beach, Florida, before competing in next week’s Memphis Open. “I spend so much time on the road, it’s always nice to be home for a bit, but I’m looking forward to heading back out on tour,” he said.
The country’s top-ranked women’s player, Chani Scheepers, also held her place in the WTA rankings. Scheepers clung to No.83 in the global list, after being knocked out in the opening round of the year’s first Grand Slam for the third season in a row. Raven Klaasen, however, tumbled nine spots in the ATP doubles rankings, settling in 28th position.
Klaasen and veteran partner Leander Paes of India, playing their first Grand Slam together, were knocked out in the opening round in Melbourne.