KYLE EDMUND is out of the Australian Open as a consequence of a persistent knee harm.
The British No2 formally withdrew from the primary draw of subsequent month’s occasion as he isn’t totally match.
Kyle Edmund was compelled to withdraw from the Australian Open as a consequence of an ongoing knee harmCredit score: Getty Pictures – Getty
Knee points have dogged Edmund over the previous few years and he didn’t compete on the rescheduled French Open final autumn.
His type on the ATP circuit has been wretched, only one win in seven matches because the first UK lockdown final March.
He beat Alexander Bublik of Kazahkstan within the US Open first spherical earlier than shedding to Novak Djokovic.
World No48 Edmund, who turned 26 final Friday, mentioned: “Sadly my knee is just not fairly able to compete within the upcoming Australia swing.
“I hope to be again competing quickly.”
Edmund loved his greatest season in 2018, reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open for his prime Grand Slam efficiency.
He then reached the third spherical at each the French Open and Wimbledon in the identical 12 months.
Heather Watson will head to Australia now to start her two-week quarantine interval.
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The British No2 will deal with subsequent month’s Australian Open, which starts on February 8, after shedding on Saturday within the second spherical of the Abu Dhabi Open within the UAE.
The Guernsey star, 28, was crushed 7-5 6-7 6-3 by Russian No17 seed Ekaterina Alexandrova within the Center East.
Stars have to watch a compulsory 14-day lodge keep to keep away from the unfold of Covid-19 however can depart their rooms for as much as 5 hours per day, with two of these spent on the court docket coaching.
Watson’s plan is to hit with Jo Konta for the primary week after which the duo will apply with American teenager Amanda Anisimova and Czech star Petra Kvitova, the two-time Wimbledon champion.
The Brit’s greatest Grand Slam efficiency got here on the 2018 Australian Open, the place he reached the semi-finalsCredit score: AP:Related Press