This time last year, when he was ranked ATP 63, you might have got the answer ‘Kyle Who?’ to the question ‘Who is Kyle Edmund?’ from most members of the Great British Public. Not any more! Having announced the end of his ATP apprenticeship by reaching the semi finals of the Australian Open in January to gatecrash the top thirty, he has capped a career-high ranking place of 14 with his first ATP Tour title in Antwerp.
The unassuming Edmund was unusually emotional as he dropped to his knees at the end of his match with the mercurial Frenchman Gael Monfils in Sunday’s final, and was quick to point out that his success had been the result of hard work with his team. The Yorkshireman prevailed 3-6, 7-6 (2) 7-6 (4) and is enjoying a successful autumn after suffering with a virus in the middle of the year.
2019 promises much for our former grantee, but Edmund’s feet will no doubt remain metaphorically firmly planted, despite plenty of the Great British Public now knowing who he is!