Kyle Edmund Overtakes Andy Murray as British No.1

Kyle Edmund is set to take over from Andy Murray as the British men’s No 1 when the next set of rankings are published next Monday. Yorkshireman Edmund will leapfrog his countryman, training partner and Davis Cup team-mate Murray to become Britain’s top-ranked male singles tennis player in the latest ATP rankings. The change will […]

Kyle Edmund is set to take over from Andy Murray as the British men’s No 1 when the next set of rankings are published next Monday.

Yorkshireman Edmund will leapfrog his countryman, training partner and Davis Cup team-mate Murray to become Britain’s top-ranked male singles tennis player in the latest ATP rankings.

The change will come about when Murray’s points for winning the Dubai Championships in 2016 are eliminated from the calculations.

Murray has not played a single competitive match since last year’s Wimbledon championships and remains sidelined due to a surgery on his recurrently troublesome hip last month.

In the meantime 23-year-old Edmund reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January which saw him to rise from the 49th-ranked player to a career best of world No 25.

Sky Sports’ tennis analyst Barry Cowan believes Edmund’s rise is well deserved but he must now concentrate on making further progress up the ATP world rankings.

“It’s big news because Murray has held that position for a long period of time,” said Cowan. “For Kyle, what’s been important is that he’s very much established himself as a top player, and also his world ranking in how he can take his tennis to the next level.

“What he achieved in Melbourne was amazing but what would have disappointed him is that injury and illness has stifled his progress ever since. What’s important is to try and get back playing tournaments and staying 100 percent fit.

As Andy Murray’s 12-year reign as Britain’s top player has come to an end for now with Kyle Edmund joining a list of greats including Greg Rusedski, Tim Henman, Jeremy Bates, Andrew Castle, Buster Mottram, Mark Cox, and Roger Taylor as British No 1.

Edmund is currently out of action but is expected to be fit in time for Indian Wells

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