Kelsey Anderson is the wife of Kevin Anderson, the South African tennis player and one of the few players who managed to take Federer to the fifth set at Wimbledon this year.
Kelsey describes herself as Kevin’s “support team chairperson” and self-deprecatingly says that she “pretends” to “know anything” about tennis.
Here’s what you need to know.
1. Kevin and Kelsey Met in College at the University of Illinois
Kevin spent three years in college at the University of Illinois. There, he became a three-time All-American in singles and a two-time All-American in doubles.
But that’s also where Kevin met Kelsey, an American who was also studying at the university. The two dated in college and then got married in 2011, in a private ceremony on November 10. They honeymooned in Miami and Saint Lucia.
2. Kelsey Gave Up a Career in Accounting to Support Kevin’s Dreams
Kelsey gave up a promising career in accounting. She had just been offered a promotion at the Chicago-based company she worked for, when Kevin’s career really started taking off. The couple talked it over and decided that it would be best for them if she gave up her job so that she could be free to support Kevin in his dreams of becoming a tennis champion.
Kelsey has admitted that it was a tough choice, and she says it can be really tough being described as just another “wife and girlfriend” watching from the stands. She said it can be a bit “demeaning.” She also admitted that she gets very, very nervous watching her husband play. “Truly, on the inside I’m dying,” Kelsey said once.
3. Kelsey and Kevin Don’t Have Kids. But They Travel With Their Dogs.
Kelsey and Kevin travel a lot together. On a recent trip to Paris, the two brought along their dogs.
Kevin’s twitter page describes himself as the “dog dad” to Lady Kady. But Kelsey has been pictured with more than one dog, prompting her followers to ask her whether she has a “new baby”.
4. She Supports “Green” Causes
Kelsey has thrown her support behind efforts to reduce plastic waste in tennis, for example calling for an end to “pointless” plastic covers on tennis rackets.
5. She Has a Close Relationship With Her Sister
Kelsey and her sister appear to have a warm, loving relationship, with both of them praising the other and speaking well of each other on social media.
Source: Heavy Sports