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Kyle through to tennis Grand Slam semi-final
Well, he did it! Tickton tennis ace Kyle Edmund stunned the tennis world earlier today (Tuesday January 23) by beatiung third seed Grigor Dimitrov to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open. Edmund was playing in the last eight of a major for the first time but showed few nerves in a 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-4 win.
The British No 2 grew up in Tickton, after moving there with his parents from South Africa at the age of three, and first set foot on a tennis court at Pocklington Preparatory School; going on to Beverley Grammar School at the age of 11.
Currently ranked number 49 in the world, Kyle (23) becomes only the sixth British man to reach the last four at a Grand Slam in the Open era. “It’s an amazing feeling,” he said after this morning’s victory.
His reward? He will play top seed Rafael Nadal or sixth seed Marin Cilic on Thursday for a place in the final. Andy Murray, Greg Rusedski, John Lloyd, Roger Taylor and Tim Henman – who was watching from the front row at the Rod Laver Arena – are the only other British men to have reached Grand Slam singles semi-finals since tennis turned professional in 1968.
Trevor Loten, who was Edmund’s tennis coach during his time at Pocklington School, told the Yorkshire Post earlier this week: “He was a pupil at our prep school. Kyle actually left us aged 11, but I saw his tennis potential at that time – he and his partner won the Under-12 Northern Schools Boys Championships and he looked an outstanding player.
“I’ve seen players at almost similar talent in the past, we had the Under-18 boys national champion at one time but he didn’t make it. He didn’t get any further. Kyle would be the one of the talented players I’ve seen in the past who had the most potential, definitely.”