Australian Open: Kyle Edmund the model for British pros with Leon Smith eyeing another Davis Cup title

AS KYLE EDMUND’S coach Fidde Rosengren famous, it's been a life-altering fortnight for the 23-yr-previous.

However producing extra gamers like Edmund is an extended-time period problem for British tennis.

 Kyle Edmund marched to the semi-finals in Melbourne and exceeded all expectations

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Kyle Edmund marched to the semi-finals in Melbourne and exceeded all expectations

Though the phrase is that Edmund will recuperate from his semi-ultimate damage to steer the GB staff towards Spain in the Davis Cup subsequent week, the tie in Marbella will as soon as extra underline the nation’s lack of power in depth.

World No1 Rafael Nadal declared himself unavailable earlier than his personal damage, however Spanish captain Sergi Bruguera has nonetheless been capable of decide 5 gamers from inside the world’s prime forty and miss two extra from the prime one hundred.

With out the injured Andy Murray, new world No26 Edmund is British skipper Leon Smith’s solely choice of that calibre.

Britain’s second singles participant might be world No114 Cameron Norrie or No171 Liam Broady.

 Andy Murray has had his fair share of injury problems over the last year

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Andy Murray has had his justifiable share of damage issues over the final yr
 Leon Smith is hoping more players can do what Kyle Edmund has done over the last fortnight in Australia

Leon Smith is hoping extra gamers can do what Kyle Edmund has finished over the final fortnight in Australia
 World No171 Liam Broady

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World No171 Liam Broady

Neither has ever gained a Tour-degree match on clay, which makes inflicting a primary house defeat on Spain since 1999 appear extremely unlikely.

In the brief to medium time period, Smith hopes Edmund’s breakthrough will encourage others.

Smith stated: "At the finish of the day, we’re the place we’re with depth. This will hopefully assist these guys as properly.

"I genuinely consider Liam could be a prime one hundred participant. Cam’s very near it.

"I genuinely consider Jay Clarke might be a prime one hundred participant as nicely.

"We don’t have large numbers so we have to assist and help these guys as a lot as we will, which is why we help these three.

"We’ve given every of them a big sum of money, money funding, to go and get teaching groups round them and assist with their journey bills."

Smith additionally hopes to convey former British No2 Dan Evans again into the fold when his 12-month ban for testing constructive for cocaine expires in April.

The Davis Cup captain stated: “I care about Dan so much, I'm very open with that.


 Cameron Norrie is 22 years old and is the fifth ranked Brit

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Cameron Norrie is 22 years previous and is the fifth ranked Brit
 Jo Konta will fall to No11 in Monday's WTA rankings

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Jo Konta will fall to No11 in Monday's WTA rankings

"I hope he can come again. I don't know if he’ll or not as a result of that's going to be right down to him.

"I stated it when the entire factor occurred, if he is able to commit and are available again then we’ll look to assist him how we will inside what's potential and what's proper.

"It needs to be if he needs to do it and it feels like he’s.

"However he’s an individual that all the time wants assist and I hope he's actually open to it as a result of I need to assist him."

Edmund apart, there have been combined messages from Melbourne.

Jo Konta’s second-spherical defeat means she is going to drop to world No11 in Monday’s rankings. Heather Watson will probably be No75, with Naomi Broady (No118) and Katie Boulter (No196) the solely different two Brits in the prime 200.

British juniors George Loffhagen, Jack Draper, Gemma Heath and Ali Collins all misplaced in the first spherical of the singles.

However Aidan McHugh’s run to the semi-remaining – the first British boy to handle that at a Slam since Edmund at Wimbledon 2013 – was some welcome good news from the era behind Edmund.

In the long run, the Garden Tennis Affiliation is banking on its new Efficiency Pathway to supply extra and higher gamers.

Efficiency director Simon Timson, whose reign in the similar position at UK Sport included overseeing Staff GB’s greatest-ever Olympic efficiency at Rio 2016, has spent greater than a yr pulling collectively the technique, which can go reside later this yr.

With new LTA chief government Scott Lloyd having began work this month, Edmund’s success ought to give everybody concerned a lift.

Smith stated: "You need to be trustworthy, we nonetheless want some extra gamers, don't we? That's apparent.

"That’s why we’ve had Simon Timson. That’s why Scott Lloyd’s right here now. That’s why we have now the new efficiency technique.

"That’s why there must be, it doesn’t matter what, an prolonged run at the new technique. It has to stay for 10 years.

"There’s by no means going to be an ideal model, however one thing wanted to be achieved and I feel the technique is rather well thought by means of. It’s strong, it’s formidable."

It must be, if extra Brits are to comply with in the footsteps of Murray, Konta and now, Edmund.

AS KYLE EDMUND’S coach Fidde Rosengren famous, it's been a life-altering fortnight for the 23-yr-previous.