By Jake Davies

  • Grigor Dimitrov [1] defeats Kyle Edmund 6-3 6-7 (3) 6-4
  • Edmund faces a race against time to be ready for the ASB Classic in Auckland next week
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – Trouble came in threes at the Brisbane International as Kyle Edmund fell heavily after an ankle turn, on the heels of Andy Murray and Johanna Konta hip injuries.

 

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Grigor Dimitrov [1] defeats Kyle Edmund 6-3 6-7 (3) 6-4

British tennis took a turn for the worst at the Brisbane International as British No.2 Kyle Edmund injured his right ankle when making a sudden movement during his quarter-final match against defending champion Grigor Dimitrov. This comes just days after Johanna Konta retired through injury in her own quarter-final match against Elina Svitolina, and Andy Murray announced his withdrawal from the upcoming Australian Open with a right hip ailment that has bothered him since Roland Garros of last year.

It feels like a huge setback for Edmund. Last year during the grass court season, we were wondering which direction his tennis was going. He was without a coach and was searching for match-wins and confidence. After his two massive wins against Denis Shapovalov and Hyeon Chung, things started to look up for the World No. 50, but the tumble that he took at 4-4 in the deciding set in his quarter-final match could seriously affect his chances at going far at the Australian Open.

Grigor Dimitrov at the 2017 Nitto ATP Finals, London

Photo by Ella Ling/BPI/REX/Shutterstock | Grigor Dimitrov at the 2017 Nitto ATP Finals, London

The one big positive was that he competed at the same level as the World No.3 Dimitrov for over two hours and had a serious chance of getting one of his biggest career-wins. Edmund has tested top players in the past, but this week in Brisbane felt like a special one for the improving Brit. He has displayed over the course of his development that he has the weapons to threaten and frighten a lot of the tour, but he has also made incredible strides in terms of his footwork, which helps prevent players from exposing his backhand as much as they used to.

The injury comes at a very bad time for Edmund. He probably would have expected a drastic improvement in his Grand Slam level because of how well he competed during the Brisbane International, so he’ll be hoping that it isn’t as bad as many are fearing.

Edmund plans to play the ASB Classic in Auckland next week, where he has been drawn against  Chung for the second time in as many weeks. It still remains to be seen whether Edmund’s right ankle will recover in the required time to compete at next week’s event as Edmund will not want to take too many chances with the Australian Open looming in the background.

The ASB Classic takes place between 7-13 January.

 

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