An­der­son seeded 32 and fit for Roland Gar­ros rros

Weekend Witness - - Sport -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG — Top South African ten­nis player Kevin An­der­son yes­ter­day de­clared him­self fit for the French Open — and he was im­me­di­ately re­warded with a 32nd seed­ing in the pres­tige grand slam event on the test­ing Roland Gar­ros clay courts.

But it was a close call for An­der­son, who has re­cov­ered from an an­kle in­jury suf­fered in Spain ear- lier this month, with the fi­nal seed­ing po­si­tion only go­ing his way af­ter Amer­i­can Andy Rod­dick and for­mer cham­pion Juan Car­los Fer­rero with­draw­ing late be­cause of in­juries.

The world’s 35th-ranked An­der­son faces France’s 89th-ranked Ni­co­las Mahut in the open­ing round of the tour­na­ment and will come up against ei­ther 43rd- ranked Juan Ig­na­cio Chela of Ar­gentina or Tim Smy­czek of the United States, if he over­comes the player who took part in a 140game set against John Is­ner at Wim­ble­don last year.

A po­ten­tial third-round op­po­nent for An­der­son is eighth-seeded Jur­gen Melzer, and the big serv­ing South African would prob­a­bly play Span­ish clay court spe­cial­ist Nico- las Almegro if f he makes it to the fourth th round.

While it is not what might be con­strued strued as an easy draw An­der­son’s nderson’s seed­ing at least sees es him avoid­ing play­ers of the e cal­i­bre of Rafa Nadal, sec­ond nd seed No­vak Djokovic and d third-seeded Roger Federer r in the early rounds. — Sapa.

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