Kyle Edmund, a former world No. 14, couldn’t contain his joy after claiming his first main-level victory in almost two years. He is happy to be playing tennis again. In the opening round of the Washington Open, 27-year-old Edmund defeated Yosuke Watanuki 6-4, 7-6 (8).
Edmund played in his first ATP match since October of 2020. Edmund is back in competitive play after missing nearly two years due to three knee surgeries. According to Tennis365, Edmund commented after the win, “It’s very rewarding to be back here.”
“I’m experiencing the intensity of the tournament and the routines that go along with it again as we practice with all the guys. I had just wanted to return for the sake of the game for so long. I’m just happy to be back playing tennis at the moment.
I’m glad to be here.”
Edmund returned to action at Wimbledon.
Since Edmund played the mixed doubles at Wimbledon, he made the decision to utilize it as a test. The most important thing for Edmund at Wimbledon was that his knee felt healthy despite the fact that he and his partner Olivia Nicholls lost in the first round.
Edmund advanced to the last 16 at the Winnipeg Challenger last week as a qualifier. “I’m improving, but it’s still very early. Gaining confidence by winning games even though you may not be at your best is how you get momentum.
However, it’s good to feel pressure again after not having it for 20 months while playing in these kinds of environments “Edmund threw in. Edmund lost to fellow Briton Daniel Evans in the second round after defeating Watanuki.
Edmund once finished in the top-15 and advanced to the Grand Slam semifinals. Edmund, who turns 28 in January, is still a fairly young player and he has time to achieve more success before he retires. It remains to be seen how Edmund does in the rest of the North American hard court swing.