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    Kevin Anderson
    Kevin Anderson
    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Johannesburg, South Africa

    High School:
    St. Stithians

    Height / Weight:
    6-7 / 205

    Birthdate:
    05/18/1986

    Junior 2006-07
    Named the 2007 Dike Eddleman Athlete of Year ... Finished the season 32-9 in singles and 30-8 in doubles overall ... Tied for first with the most wins on the team with sophomore Marc Spicijaric ... Ranked No. 4 in singles (career-high) and No. 5 in doubles with Ryan Rowe in the final FILA ITA poll ... Advanced to the semifinals in the NCAA singles tournament as the No. 4 seed ... Became the first Illini to do so since Amer Delic did it in 2003 ... In the semis, was eliminated by eventual NCAA champion No. 2 Somdev Devvarman in a thrilling three-setter ... As the No. 8 seed, advanced to his second straight NCAA doubles final with partner Rowe to become the first doubles tandem to make back-to-back appearances in the finals with the same partner ... Claimed Runner-Up accolades after falling in a tight three-setter to the senior duo from Middle Tennessee State ... The duo finished the season 24-7 overall, 9-1 in the Big Ten, 19-5 in the No. 1 doubles slot and in duals ... Illinois' top tandem also went 14-5 against ranked opponents ... Garnered 2007 All-America honors in both singles and doubles to mark the third straight season to receive the accolade ... Played an intricate role in leading the Illini to the program's second ever NCAA team finals appearance where Illinois finished Runner-Up to undefeated No. 1 Georgia ... Voted the 2007 ITA National Player to Watch ... Selected as the Big Ten Player of the Year ... Unanimous All-Big Ten honoree ... Picked as the Big Ten singles and doubles automatic qualifier to the NCAA tournament ... Collected the season's first Big Ten Player of the Week laurel for the week ending Jan. 21 ... Made a quarterfinal appearance at the Polo Ralph-Lauren/ITA All-American Championships, losing his only match of the fall to then-No. 2 John Isner of Georgia in the quarters ... At the Napa Invitational, went 3-0 in singles and 2-0 in doubles en route to claiming Most Valuable Player honors ... Teamed with Rowe to claim the top seed in the doubles draw at the All-American Championships ... Selected as Illinois' Most Valuable Player by his teammates ... Finished the season 18-8 against ranked opponents .. Recorded a longest winning streak of seven, that coming during the Orange and Blue's tremendous finish to the season where the Illini took Runner-Up honors at the Big Ten Tournament and proceeded to win five straight and upset three higher-ranked opponents en route to the NCAA finals ... Went 22-7 at the No. 1 singles position ... Carded a 10-2 record in tournament play ... Spent 15 straight weeks ranked in the top 10 in singles and nine consecutive in doubles with Rowe ... Tallied a 9-1 ledger in conference affairs.

    Sophomore 2005-06
    Teamed with Ryan Rowe to become the third Illini doubles tandem to win the NCAA doubles title ... Entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed ... The pair finished the season 23-1, with their most notable win coming over then-No. 1 Scott Green and Ross Wilson of Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament final ... Dethroned the 2005 NCAA doubles champion duo of John Isner and Antonio Ruiz of Georgia ... With Rowe, went 12-0 against ranked opponents ... Concluded the season with a 32-2 doubles record overall and 7-1 in Big Ten action ... The team of Anderson/Rowe finished the season ranked No. 1 in the final ITA poll ... Selected a 2006 All-American ... Tabbed Big Ten Player of the Week on April 26 ... Named a Player to Watch by the ITA Regional awards committee ... Chosen as an All-Big Ten selection ... In singles, carded a 26-4 overall record, a 9-0 ledger at the No. 2 position and an 8-1 mark in Big Ten contests ... Went 10-3 against ranked opponents in singles action ... Won 12 straight matches in the opening part of the season ... Made it to the Round of 32 at the NCAA singles championships before falling to the third seed in the draw ... Wrapped up the year ranked No. 25 in singles by the ITA ... Member of the South African Davis Cup Team ... Opened the season ranked No. 18 in the ITA preseason poll ... Ranked No. 54 with Brandon Davis in the ITA preseason doubles poll ... Earned the No. 15 seed and reached the Round of 32 at the ITA All-American Championships ... Teamed with Ryler DeHeart in the doubles main draw of the ITA All-American Championships.

    Freshman 2005-06
    Big Ten Freshman of the Year ... Unanimous All-Big Ten Selection ... Went 22-5 overall on the season in singles and was 17-7 in doubles play ... Reached as high as No. 15 in the ITA poll ... No other Big Ten or Region IV player was ranked as high as Anderson or teammates Ryler DeHeart and GD Jones all season ... Did not compete in the fall semester ... NCAA singles tournament at-large selection ... Started his career 13-0, defeating six ranked opponents during that stretch.

    Juniors/High School
    No. 1 player in South Africa in the following divisions: 12-, 14-, 16- and 18-and-unders ... Represented South Africa in the World Cup ... Member of the South African Davis Cup team in 2004 ... Ranked 27th in ITF Juniors poll ... Won a Futures event in November 2004.

    Personal
    Son of Michael and Barbara Anderson ... Has one brother, Greg, who plays college tennis for ... Hobbies include music, computers and reading ... Aspires to be No. 1 in the world in tennis ... Most influential figure in his athletic career is his father, who showed him what it takes to become the best he can be ... Favorite player is Roger Federer.

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    ANDERSON'S CAREER STATS
    SINGLES
    Season
    Overall
    Big Ten
    Big Ten Tournament
    NCAA Tournament
    NCAA Singles
    2004-05
    22-5
    5-2
    0-0
    1-0
    2-1
    2005-06
    26-4
    8-1
    3-0
    1-0
    1-1
    2006-07
    32-9
    9-1
    2-0
    3-2
    4-1
    2007-08
    0-0
    0-0
    0-0
    0-0
    0-0
    TOTAL:
    80-18
    22-4
    5-0
    5-2
    7-3
    DOUBLES
    Season
    Overall
    Big Ten
    Big Ten Tournament
    NCAA Tournament
    NCAA Doubles
    2004-05
    17-7
    6-2
    0-0
    0-1
    0-0
    2005-06
    32-2
    6-1
    2-0
    2-0
    5-0
    2006-07
    30-8
    9-1
    2-1
    2-2
    4-1
    2007-08
    0-0
    0-0
    0-0
    0-0
    0-0
    TOTAL:
    79-17
    21-4
    4-1
    4-3
    9-1

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