Kyle Edmund has withdrawn from the Sydney International as he attempts to focus on the Australian Open.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