AB de Villiers wants to play till the 2019 World Cup Image: Getty
South African tennis star Kevin Anderson may be playing Sam Querrey in the 4th round of Wimbledon on Monday but the world no 42 has his sights fixed on a revenge match with Proteas cricketer AB de Villiers.
Anderson booked his place in the last 16 at the Wimbledon with a 7-6 (7/3), 6-4, 7-6 (7/3) win over Belgian Ruben Bemelmans on Friday. The 31-year-old in the post match conference was asked about the England vs South Africa Test match going on at Lord's and about ABD's decision to step away from Test cricket to concentrate on the shorter format.
Anderson expressed his disappointment at ABD's absence from the match and also rued the fact he couldn't attend the match at Lord's which is just 20kms away from the All England Tennis Club- the venue for Wimbledon. However, the 31-year-old narrated an interesting connection between himself and ABD and revealed that he's pining for a tennis match against the cricket star.
Apparently, Anderson had lost a match to ABD when they were kids and the tennis pro has been on the lookout for a revenge ever since.
“I played AB at tennis a long time ago. He was 12 and I was 10. He was a good tennis player and he beat me. We keep in touch but I am still waiting for a rematch,” recalled Anderson.
Despite the age difference, do note Anderson later went on to break into the ATP top 10 ranking in 2015 and has been among the top 20 in the world for most of his career.
The fact that ABD possesses a superhuman capacity for talents is well documented. Before ABD decided to concentrate on cricket, the modern-day batting legend had represented his country in junior and sub-junior levels in golf, tennis, squash and rugby. And did we mention he won a national gold medal for academics too.
ABD too responded to Anderson's comments on Twitter and wished him luck for the match against Querrey.