Kyle Edmund Aims To Get Back On Track On The Clay
The 23-year-old is seeking his first win on the tour since his run at the Australian Open.
After what has a been a roller coaster past couple of months, British No.1 Kyle Edmund is relishing his return to the clay.
In January he exceeded his own expectations by reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open. Becoming only the seventh ATP player from his country to reach the last four of a grand slam in the Open Era. Since Melbourne, Edmund’s rise has been halted by illness that forced him out of action. Returning to the tour last month, he suffered disappointment on the American hard courts. Losing both of his opening matches in Indian Wells (to Dudi Sela) and Miami (to Frances Tiafoe).
“I had a dream start to the season in Australia, playing some great tennis.” Edmund said during an interview with Sky Sports News. “It’s been a whirlwind since then, including sadly being hit by severe virus in February which carried into March.
“I’m, however, feeling 100 per cent fit now and ready for the change of surface.”
Edmund hopes to end his losing run on the clay. A surface that has brought him fond memories in the past. In 2015 he won his first grand slam main draw match at the French Open. Since then he has also won a duo of Challenger titles on the dirt.
“Clay is one of my favourite surfaces so I’m very excited to get back on it and to build on the first part of the year.” He said.
“I’m super motivated to get better and obviously have lots to work on over the coming months and years.
“It’s going to be a long journey but I’m committed to put the time in to better my game.”
Ahead of the clay season, Edmund continues to expand his appeal to sponsors. On Wednesday it was confirmed that he has signed a contract with car manufacturer Jaguar. Becoming a brand ambassador for the company. Jaguar is the official car for the All England Tennis Club. Earlier this year, Edmund also signed a deal with British Airways.
“I have always been passionate for cars and I am delighted to be associated with a British brand I admire and look forward to working together in the build-up to Wimbledon. Jaguar’s presence within tennis will provide me with the extra support I am looking for and I hope I can build on the success I had earlier in the year in Australia.” Edmund said in a statement.
The world No.26 will start his campaign on the clay next week at the Marrakech Open in Morocco. He is set to be seeded second in the tournament.