Kyle Edmund drops out of French Open after retiring in second round against Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas 

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Kyle Edmund out of French Open after retiring in second round against Pablo Cuevas with knee injury… and now he may miss Wimbledon

  • The British No 1 was trailing Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas 7-6, 6-3, 2-1
  • After talking to the doctor he walked across to his opponent to shake hands
  • It was not immediately apparent what the problem was for Kyle Edmund

Kyle Edmund has tried different things to equip himself with the robustness needed for life on the ATP Tour, including some spells training with a former US Navy SEAL, David Goggins.  

It all seemed to be paying off earlier this week, when he came through a four-hour match at the French Open, beating Jeremy Chardy in front of a partisan crowd.

Thursday was a different story, when he quit while trailing Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas 7-6 6-3 2-1 with the recurrence of a knee problem that could yet pose a problem for Wimbledon. 

Kyle Edmund's French Open met with a deflating end when he abruptly retired in the third set

Kyle Edmund’s French Open met with a deflating end when he abruptly retired in the third set

After the most cursory examination by a tournament medic the British number one signalled the end not just of his second round, but a deflating clay season which saw him lose six out of eight matches.

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He was unsure afterwards if it would have much effect on his grass court season, but in any case it would be wrong to place much expectations for that on a player who has won only six main tour level matches all season.

The 24 year-old Yorkshireman is a better player than his 2019 record suggests, and it is difficult to know how much of a factor his left knee may have been, especially as he did not appear to be moving that badly when he stopped.

He did not go into much detail, saying: ‘The body fluctuates, different feelings, different pains. So sometimes you feel good, sometimes not. Obviously your workload can affect it. 

The British No 1 was trailing Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas (pictured) 7-6, 6-3, 2-1 on Thursday

The British No 1 was trailing Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas (pictured) 7-6, 6-3, 2-1 on Thursday

‘So playing a long match the other day has a bit of an impact as well. So it’s just constant management of it and trying to deal with it the best you can.’ 

Asked whether it might keep one of the few home players capable of a run at SW19 out of Wimbledon he replied, “I hope not.”

In best of five matches it is the fourteenth straight time that he has not pushed a match beyond three sets when he has lost the first two.

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On the evidence of recent weeks the best hope of maintaining domestic interest at The Championships is definitely Jo Konta, perhaps aided and abetted by Dan Evans.

Later on Thursday Konta will try and become the first British woman since Jo Durie and Anne Hobbs to make the last sixteen at Roland Garros when she faces Viktoria Kuzmova.

Edmund was unsure after the game whether his injury will affect his involvement at Wimbledon

Edmund was unsure after the game whether his injury will affect his involvement at Wimbledon

The world No 46 from Slovakia has plenty about her, and not just big groundstrokes and a big serve. She is studying for a degree in International Law and Diplomacy and likes Shakespeare (in her native language).

The 21 year-old is currently reading Hamlet for the fifth time, which is something of a contrast to some of her British peers, Konta excepted, who seem constantly preoccupied with their social media accounts.

While an improver on many fronts, this is still her first time in a Grand Slam third round, so it presents a good opportunity for the British number one to progress.

Another knee sufferer, Serena Williams, was much improved yesterday in coming through 6-3 6-2 against Japan’s Kurumi Nara, while double Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka played her best clay court match of the year to come back and beat former world number one Victoria Azarenka 4-6 7-5 6-3.

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