Career highs mark a great start to 2016

Kyle Edmund leads the upward charge

Exciting times early in the New Year for our current and former grantees. Kyle Edmund takes pride of place as his great week in Doha sends him crashing through the 100 barrier to a career high ATP ranking of 88. A great belated birthday present as he turned 21 last week. But not far behind is Naomi Broady. The Stockport player is also at a career high ranking – in her case WTA 112 – and seems to be following in Johanna Konta’s footsteps with a great win over Ana Ivanovic in Auckland.

Amongst the juniors the new rankings year always sees plenty of upward movement as the ‘old’uns’ drop out, but a special mention for former grantee Jay Clarke, who stands at 15 in the ITF junior world rankings. Jay and current grantee Ewan Moore (45) will be representing GB in the upcoming Australian Open Junior Championships, and Finn Bass, now at 118, will try to join them from a qualifying berth. In the ITF girls, Jodie Burrage, returning from injury, reaches a career high of 145 and a strong showing in Costa Rica’s Grade 1 tournament last week sends Emily Appleton up to her career high of 243. All good stuff and lovely to share in their success.