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Kyle is now Britain’s No 1
Tickton tennis star Kyle Edmund, who reached his first Grand Slam semi-final in Australia earlier this year, has dethroned Andy Murray as Britain’s No 1 when the weekly ATP rankings were adjusted this (Monday) morning.
Although sidelined for the past fortnight with flu, Edmund edges up one place on the game’s honour board to a career-high 24th, while Murray, who was world No 1 for 42 weeks until September 2016, slips nine places to 29. He has not been ranked so low for eight years but has been sidelined himself through injury.
Murray has rarely been out of the world’s top 10 since 2008 and then mainly through enforced absences because of surgeries or their lingering consequences. He reluctantly went under the knife for the second time in Melbourne in January to heal a chronic hip injury and said last week his recuperation was ahead of schedule.
Edmund, who could possible return at Indian Wells this week or Miami next week, became only the sixth British man to play in a major singles semi-final since tennis went professional in 1968, when he ultimately lost the Australian semi-final to Marin Cilic in straight sets.
Edmund was born in South Africa but moved to Britain when he was three and grew up in Tickton. Initially cricket and swimming were his main childhood pursuits, but he switched to tennis at 10 after lessons at the David Lloyd Centre in Hull with coach Richard Plews. He was educated at Pocklington School and Beverley Grammar.