Profile: Kyle Edmund
- Published: 14/02/2018
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Experiencing a meteoric rise in the last few year, Kyle Edmund is a South African-born British tennis player. He is currently ranked British number 2, behind his mentor Andy Murray. An impressive feat for someone in their early 20s!
Outside tennis, he enjoys motorsports, playing golf, following Liverpool Football Club as well as spending time with the family’s Jack Russell, Mylo. If he wasn’t a tennis player, Kyle would be a cricket player or Formula 1 driver.
Date of Birth: 08/01/1995
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Residence: Nassau, Bahamas
Height: 1.89 m / 6′ 2″
Plays: Right-handed (two-handed backhand)
Career: 2011 – Present
Prize Money: $2,832,919
Kyle Edmund was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, to a Welsh father and South African mother. At the age of 3, the family, which included a younger sister, Kelly, relocated to Yorkshire village of Tickton, near Beverley.
While initially interested in cricket and swimming, Kyle started tennis at the age of 6. By age 10, and after lessons with local tennis coach Richard Plews, Kyle’s future was set. Showing early promise, he moved to Roehampton at the age of 16 to be coached by Colin Beecher at the Lawn Tennis Association’s National Training Centre. While away in the week training, weekends were spent back in Yorkshire with friends and family.
First pro serve
It didn’t take Edmund long to breakthrough on the Junior circuit in 2011. The year’s highlights include reaching the semifinals of the 2011 US Open boy’s singles event. As well as playing in the Great Britain Under 16 boys team, with Evan Hoyt and Luke Bambridge. The team, coached by Greg Rusedski, won the European Summer Cup defeating Italy in the final.
The following year he won his first junior Grand Slam title, at the boy’s doubles event of the 2012 US Open. Thanks to this win, 2012 was the also the year Kyle reached No 8 in the combined ITF junior rankings, after reaching at least the quarter finals of all four junior slams in singles.
His first ATP tour match was in 2013, as a Wildcard selection in the annual Queen’s Club tournament in London. In the same year, at Wimbledon, he made his first senior appearance at a Grand Slam tournament. He entered five separate Wimbledon tournament that years, receiving wildcards into the men’s singles and doubles due to his junior success. The year was finished with a trip to Andy Murray’s training camp in Miami. Murray has since become an mentor and has a profound impact on how Kyle plays.
2014 proved to be a mixed year with Kyle breaking into the top 200 tennis players in the world. It was also a year of change with coach Greg Rusedski lasting less than 6 months. He was replaced James Trotman. Again, much of December was spent in Miami at Andy Murray’s training camp.
The start of 2015 saw Kyle qualify for the Australian Open as well as competing in Wimbledon later that year. Another highlight of the year was playing as part of the Davis Cup team. This went on to win the 2015 Team of the Year Award at BBC Sports Personality of the Year. 2015 was also the year Kyle Edmund parted with coach James Trotman. As in previous year, he ended the year at Andy Murray’s training camp, which took place in Dubai. This also provided the chance to trial Ryan Jones, his coach between 2015 and 2017.
He built on his successes, in 2016, qualifying for the Qatar Open, Australian Open and Wimbledon. With a such successful year, Kyle’s ranking increased to a career high of no. 40, becoming one of three players aged 21 or under in the world’s leading top 40. One of 2016 highlight was competing in Rio 2016 for Great Britain in Tennis Men’s Singles
However 2017 proved to be a mixed year of great playing but few wins. Including helping Team GB to the quarter final in the 2017 Davis Cup World Group. As well as reaching the semi finals of the Vienna Open, his second ATP 500 semi final. Early 2018 has seen Kyle develop his playing yet has been beset with injuries.
Known for his power forehand, it is often said, however, that Kyle Edmund lacks strategy, which some believe this is the reason why he is yet to reach the top 20.
Since changing coaches in 2017 to Fredrik Rosengren and Mark Hilton, his serve technique has improved. Edmund is placing the serve better and his wide, sliced serve on the deuce side has been particularly effective. With this change, Kyle has increased his average points on his first serve from 74 to 78. He is also winning more free points.
In the early stages of his career, Edmund struggled to maintain his fitness over long matches and suffered a few times with cramp. However, since facing brutal heat during his five-set match against Nikoloz Basilashvili in 2018, it appears that his mental and physical fitness has been fine-tuned.
While the changes in his serve have helped bring about an overall improvement in playing and self-belief, Kyle still has room to grow. For example, if he can marry the power of his forehand with the ability to finish points off consistently at the net, then it will take considerable skill to stop him.
While adept at playing on a range of surfaces, his favourite is clay. His preference of clay is because this slow-paced surface allows him an extra split second to line up his bouncing bomb of a forehand.
Kyle has played with a Wilson racquet since he was 10 years old. Currently, he uses either a Wilson Pro Staff 97 or Wilson Six One 95 Racquet which he holds using a full western grip, as employed by many modern players. NIKE has been Kyle’s clothing sponsor since 2012. He relies on Nike Vapor Tour 9.5 tennis shoes to keep him moving quickly around the court.
Up until the end of 2017, Kyle trained at Beverley and East Riding Lawn Tennis Club alongside his former coach, Ryan Jones. He switched coaches at the end of 2017 to Fredrik Rosengren and Mark Hilton. Under their direction, his playing has developed.
He also relocated from Beverley, England, to Nassau, Bahamas. While some may put this down to tax, Nassau provides the ideal pre-season training climate.
In addition to Rosengren and Hilton, his team includes Ian Prangley, a Physical coach and physiotherapist. Kyle also works with Glenn Kearney and Chris Gooder as well as Fraser Wright from IMG.
Career Stats: Kyle Edmund
Career titles: 0
Current ranking: #26
Career titles: 0
Current ranking: #833
Won Junior Grand Slam boy’s doubles at 2012 US Open
Various singles wins at 2015, 2016 ATP Challenger Tours
Edmund competed in Rio 2016 for Great Britain in Tennis Men’s Singles
Idols growing up were British players and Marat Safin
Kyle’s nick name is “Kedders”