Thu. Oct 17th, 2019

Wimbledon 2019: How Kevin Anderson is saving the planet at SW19

There’s not much Kevin Anderson cannot do: The Wimbeldon finalist is back in London this week, as the 2019 tournament begins – but Kev also has a battle off the court.

wimbledon 2019 how kevin anderson is saving the planet at sw19 - Wimbledon 2019: How Kevin Anderson is saving the planet at SW19

He may be a full-time tennis champ, but South Africa’s Kevin Anderson is also something of a crusader on the side. The 2018 Wimbledon finalist returned to the courts where he made history last year, comfortably winning his first-round tie against Frenchman Pierre Herbert on Monday afternoon.

Kevin Anderson vs plastic pollution

Anderson won hearts and minds all across Mzansi during a thrilling run 12 months ago, which culminated in a straight-sets defeat to Novak Djokovic. Before finishing as the runner-up, our Kev had defeated both John Isner and Roger Federer in two epic five-set showdowns. But it seems Anderson’s new battle is for the fate of the planet.

Plastic pollution is developing at an alarming rate, and in the past few years, its effect on our oceans has been pulled into sharp focus. Marine life is choking to death on human waste, and that’s a nightmare for each and every one of us. The man seeded eighth for Wimbledon 2019 is making sure his legacy is assured off the court, too.

Wimbeldon 2019 goes polythene free

Anderson is the vice president of the ATP Players’ Council. He has used his considerable swing to get 4 500 polythene wrapping bags barred from the venue. The packets are used to wrap-up spare rackets, but they are almost impossible to bio-degrade. Disposing of them can be a tricky, so “Big Kev” has stepped in instead.

It heralds another positive step in the right direction. At Wimbledon last year, none of its waste went to landfill, and plastic straws were banned in at SW19.  There’s no doubt Kevin Anderson is making positive headlines off the court as well as on it, and we’re fully behind our homegrown hero for both his professional and environmental causes.

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