Kyle Edmund replaces Andy Murray as British number 1

By Suzanne Oliphant

Kyle Edmund reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open this year. Photo: ATP

Andy Murray has been Britain’s number 1 ranked tennis player since 2006, but this week was replaced by Kyle Edmund after falling through the world rankings due to injury.

The three-time grand slam champion hasn’t played a competitive match since Wimbledon of last year due to his continuous struggle with a hip injury. In hopes of returning to the court, Murray underwent surgery on his hip in January.

As a result, he was unable to compete in the Australian Open and the Davis Cup has since slipped to world no.29, his lowest ranking in eight years.

It’s not just the Scot’s injury that has caused the shift in position. Edmund’s success in the Australian Open, where he made it to the semi-final, saw him jump to world no.24, a career high for the 23-year-old, and subsequently overtook Murray.

Edmund said he is proud of the achievement but would’ve liked Murray to be fit and stay at the top spot and hopes he will have a speedy recovery.

He said: “It is humbling to become British number one and perhaps unwittingly, as Andy has dropped down in rankings due to injury.”

Murray is hopeful that he can fully recover soon and rejoin the tour. It is hoped that he’ll be fit enough for Queens in June.

Although he’s not played since the Australian Open due to a hip injury and a run in with the flu, Edmund is ready to compete in the Indian Wells Masters in California this week where he is no.21 seed. Cameron Norrie, 22, who gave a strong performance in his Davis Cup debut in February is also competing and has made it to the final round of qualifiers. 

Edmund received a first round bye and is due to play his first match of the tournament in round 2 against either Denis Istomin or Peter Gojowczyk on Friday.

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