14 January, 2018

Australian Open: Kyle Edmund relieves fears over late lower leg damage

"I've practised three or four days now, two hours a day on court. Just a precaution in Auckland really before this week. It feels good, I'm fine with it"

British No 2 Kyle Edmund has been given a clean bill of health ahead of the Australian Open and is ready for his first-round clash against US Open runner-up Kevin Anderson on Monday.


The Yorkshireman gave another damage alarm when injury scare when he collapsed during his match against Grigor Dimitrov in Brisbane a week ago in the wake of going over on his lower leg.

He hauled out of the current week's competition in Auckland however is content with how he has felt by and by in Melbourne in front of his captivating gathering with South African enormous hitter Anderson, which is first match on Court 3.

He said: "I've practised three or four days now, two hours a day on court. Just a precaution in Auckland really before this week. It feels good, I'm fine with it."

Edmund is the solitary British man in the singles draw following the withdrawal of Andy Murray and misfortunes for Cameron Norrie and Liam Broady in qualifying.

In any case, the 23-year-old has his work slice out on the off chance that he is to make it past the competition's opening day when he goes up against the eleventh seed.

The combine have met once some time recently, in the second round of the French Open the previous summer, when Anderson recouped from two sets to one down to win in five.

"It will be a tough match," said Edmund. "Obviously he had a really good year last year, played well the start of this year. It was a good match in Paris, I played well. Of course it's very small margins. I've worked on stuff. Hopefully I can learn from that and do better.

"My serve's improved and putting some more balls into play on the returns is definitely going to be a good one for me against Kevin."
Edmund positively enhanced amid 2017 however was baffled to complete it for all intents and purposes where he began at 50 in the rankings.

He was harmed by a noteworthy number of annihilations in close matches and has been attempting to address that with new training group Fredrik Rosengren and Mark Hilton.

"I lost a lot of close matches last year so we discussed how do I do better at that, how can I turn those losses into wins," said Edmund.

"We have a very clear understanding of what needs to be done so we're just trying to work along that path. It's been good so far."

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