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TENNIS: Injury forces Kyle to exit U.S. Open

Tickton tennis ace Kyle Edmund’s run at the third round of the US Open ended in painful resignation to a neck injury last Friday (Sept 1st) after just over two hours of a ragged match against Denis Shapovalov, leaving the Canadian 18-year-old to forge on in a draw that has been shredded to pieces after only five days.

The earlier exit of the former champion Marin Cilic, who lost to the bustling Argentinian Diego Schwartzman in four sets, means there is not a single slam finalist on the side of the draw opposite Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, whose own drive at the title has been stuttering at best.

For former Longcroft pupil Edmund, who left the court red-eyed and despondent, this was a sad way to go, although Shapovalov deserved his win after going the high-risk route to lead 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 1-0 when they shook hands at the net.

In earlier matches 22-year-old Kyle had beaten Dutch 32nd seed Robin Haase 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 in under two hours and then Steve Johnson in straight sets, 7-5 6-2 7-6 (7-4).

The world number 42 reached the semi-finals in Winston-Salem before the US Open and was playing his 11th match in 15 days in a bid to emulate last year’s performance of reaching the fourth round of the US Open.