Kyle Edmund eager to ‘improve some stuff’ after ‘pretty cool’ experience winning on Centre Court

Shahida Jacobs
Kyle Edmund

Kyle Edmund kicked off his 2019 Wimbledon campaign with a solid performance against Jaume Munar on Centre Court, but he admits he “needs to improve some stuff”.

The British No 1 and Munar’s match was the final act on the opening day on the show piece court at the All England Club.

And it was Edmund, playing in only his fourth match on Centre Court, who came out on top with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory.

“On Centre Court, it is always a great experience,” he said. “You always remember every match you play there. The more you play on there, obviously you just feel more comfortable with your surroundings and the court.

“Any time you play on Centre Court it’s just an amazing honour and feeling.

“Like I said before, you should never take it for granted. It’s just really special.

“You know you’re on Centre Court, you’re obviously concentrated on the match. Still inside, it’s pretty cool playing on Centre Court.”

As for the match itself, Edmund made a slow start as he was broken in the first game of the match while he also gave Munar a bit of hope in the deciding set as the Spaniard won three games in a row after being down 5-1.

“I think I played the big moments reasonably well apart from the end, when I gave him some hope,” he said. “But I held and broke when I needed to. Overall it was pretty good. I need to improve some stuff. Too many mistakes. I can make it a lot easier for myself.”

Next up is Fernando Verdasco, who qualifier Kamil Majchrzak by the same scoreline.

“Both times against him have been three sets [the most recent at the Rome Masters this year],” Edmund said. “I have to reflect and see what I can do better. Both [Munar and Verdasco] are completely different, righty, lefty. But both are very aggressive.”

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