• Anderson heads to Hopman Cup without a coach

    11/29/12 2:29 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Anderson heads to Hopman Cup without a coach Kevin Anderson becomes the latest ATP player to go coachless heading into the 2013 season.

    Kevin Anderson and Chanelle Scheepers will represent South Africa in the Hopman Cup starting late next month, marking the first time in a dozen years that the nation has participated in the mixed teams event in Perth, Western Australia.

    But Anderson will head into the pre-Australian Open event without a coach after parting with longtime mentor Louis Vosloo by mutual consent. The world No. 37, who reached a career high of 28th in 2012, is based in the US and has had poor contacts with his national federation after refusing to play Davis Cup for the tennis minnows in a dispute over money issues.

    South Africa last competed in Perth in 2001 through Wayne Ferreira and Amanda Coetzer. That pair won the title the year before.

    The Hopman Cup has become a proving ground for top names, who are guaranteed three singles matches and as many doubles due to the format of the team event. Leading the field at the upcoming edition starting December 30 are world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Spain's Fernando Verdasco, and German Tommy Haas.

    South Africa is paired in Group B along with the US, Spain, and France.

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