Born in 1995, Kyle Edmund had a golden junior career, picking up the boy’s doubles crown at both the US Open (2012) and French Open (2013). He also helped the Great Britain win their first Junior Davis Cup in 2011 – a sign of things to come…
Edmund’s senior career began in earnest in 2013 with a first-round victory in the Aegon International in Eastbourne and an appearance in the men’s singles at Wimbledon, where he lost to Jerzy Janowicz in the first round.
After a somewhat difficult 2014, in which he experienced a drop in form and parted company with his coach Greg Rusedski, 2015 saw Edmund breathe new life into his game: he qualified for the Australian Open, won the Hong Kong Challenger, recorded his first Grand Slam victory in the French Open against Stephane Robert, won the Binghamton Challenger and scooped the clay-court Copa Fila Challenge title in Argentina. Phew.
However, arguably the highlight of Edmund’s career so far came when he was part of the Great Britain squad that won the Davis Cup for the first time since 1936, making his debut in the final. Here are the celebrations after Murray sealed the deal.
The feat also meant Edmund was given a joint Team of the Year Award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony. Not bad for a 20-year-old.
In 2016, he reached his first ATP quarter-final in the Qatar Open and later went one better by making through to the semi-final of the European Open, eventually losing to the champion Richard Gasquet. He also recorded his first individual Davis Cup wins and advanced to the fourth round of the US Open. Here are the highlights of his victory over twentieth seed John Isner.
The opening salvo of 2017 was somewhat disappointing for Edmund as he was edged out of the Australian Open 6-2 6-4 6-2 by Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta. One thing’s sure, though: the future looks bright for the British No.3.
Right-handed and with a two-handed backhand, Edmund has been lauded, by none other than Andy Murray, for his “big weapons” and swashbuckling aggressive style. However, his game is now far more that a walloped baseline forehand, as this clip shows.