FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU second-year head coach C.J. Weber continued his work with ATP Tour Player Kevin Anderson this summer, following up on the two week stint in which the pair worked together in December 2011 in preparation for the Australian Open.
"I really enjoy working with Kevin,” said Weber. “It's a great opportunity for me to challenge myself as a coach, and anytime you can spend time with the most successful people in your sport, you try to capitalize on those moments. And I can only hope that he learns as much from me as I do from him."
Anderson is currently ranked No. 32 in the world professionally, and has been touring full time since finishing his career at the University of Illinois in the spring of 2007. Weber spent two weeks with Kevin in July, with one week of preparation and training followed by one week in Atlanta for the BB&T Open from July 22-29th. Kevin had a disappointing second round loss to long time American veteran Michael Russell, who is currently No. 86 in the world. However, the ultimate goal of the preparation is for a successful run at the US Open in Flushing Meadows from August 27 to September 3.
“It has been great being able to work with C.J. during these couple of weeks,” said Anderson. “This is the second time I’ve asked C.J. to work with in the last year. It’s so important have a connection with a coach, and the enthusiasm, passion and knowledge C.J. brings makes that easy. He keeps you motivated while at the same time relaxed with his easy-going nature. I know he will be successful with his team at FGCU.”
Currently, Anderson continues his US Open Series tour by playing the ATP Masters Series event in Toronto, Canada. In his opening round, he will battle against Russian sensation Mikhail Youzhny.