Resurgent Kyle Edmund eager to return ‘high up in the rankings again’
The 2019 season was a difficult one for Kyle Edmund, but he is confident he has turned the corner and now hopes to surge up the ATP Rankings again.
After the highs of 2018 saw him reach the Australian Open semi-final, win his maiden ATP Tour title in Antwerp and reach a career-high of No 14 in the world, came the lows of 2019.
The 25-year-old struggled last year as he suffered a string of early exits and he slumped to No 75 in the world rankings at one point.
Following a first-round exit at this year’s Australian Open, Edmund finally found some form in his next tournament as he claimed his second ATP title by winning the New York Open.
The result saw him return to the world top 50, but he is setting his sights higher.
“I believe with how I can play and the players I can beat, I can get high up in the rankings again. But you have to do that,” he told ATPTour.com.
“It isn’t just that I say this and it’s going to happen. That’s up to me to go and do that now. I’ve done it before in terms of having a good run at the biggest tournaments. Won an [ATP] Tour event, been in the Top 15 of the world. So I can do it, I’ve got to go and do it almost again now and learn from what happened last time.”
Edumnd also reached the quarter-final of the Mexican Open in February, but he knows he needs to improve “all the little stuff” and keep the momentum if he is to reach his goals.
“Just getting on with it, really. Trying to get the best results I can. I’m at a stage now where if I get a good result I could gather some momentum,” he said. “The past year or so I just haven’t had a big-ish result compared to 2018. That’s where I’m at, just trying to do my best.
“You can’t really wait. You have to go and do it and earn it. It’s not really one result in like a fluke. It doesn’t just happen.
“[It is about doing] all the little stuff that goes on with that, like getting better physically on the court, whatever it is, looking after yourself, and just doing everything you can to maximise that possibility. For sure when you get on a bit of a run you get some more confidence and wins come a bit easier. It’s just trying to do my best to get there.”
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