Worrying knee injury forces Kyle Edmund to pull out of Sydney International

Kyle Edmund looking up

Kyle Edmund has withdrawn from the Sydney International as he attempts to focus on the Australian Open.

The British number one has had a disastrous start to the season, losing in straight sets to qualifier Yasutaka Uchiyama in the second round in Brisbane.

However, Edmund is also battling a persistent knee injury, and he insists a cautious approach is the correct one.

“I am disappointed that I won’t be able to return to Sydney for the Sydney International,” Edmund said in a statement.

“It’s a great event and I enjoyed playing there in 2017, but I need to focus on my preparations for the Australian Open and do everything I can to be fit for the first grand slam of the year.”

Edmund excelled at the Australian Open last year, becoming just the sixth British man to reach a Grand Slam semi-final in the Open Era before Marin Cilic ended his charge.

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