The Lawn Tennis Writersʼ Association of Great Britain was established during the British Hard Court Championships at the West Hants Club in Bournemouth in 1951 and it didn't take long for it to make an impact on the tennis coverage in Great Britain, including morning papers, the London evenings, provincial publications, the agencies and tennis magazines.
The LTWA has established the award winners right from the start and the names like Jean Borotra, Billie Jean King, Fred Perry, Tim Henman, Greg Rusedski, Goran Ivanisevic and Andy Murray are all on the list, joined by the 23-year-old Kyle Edmund who is the 2018 Lawn Tennis Writers' Association British player of the season! Johanna Konta claimed the award in 2017 but there was little doubt who will pick it up this season, with Edmund making a breakthrough towards the Top 15 and showing his full potential as one of the best young stars on the Tour.
Kyle had some good runs during 2017 but that wasn't enough to excel his game and make the bigger move through the rankings, changing that already after the very first month of the new season, reaching the quarter-final in Brisbane and the semi-final at the Australian Open, his first at the Majors.
Edmund took down world number 3 Grigor Dimitrov to become only the sixth British player in the last four at Grand Slam event in the Open era, losing to Marin Cilic in straight sets in the match for the place in the final.
The Briton had to miss the entire February due to illness and despite that he became the number 1 British player in March, taking the throne away from Andy Murray after 12 years! After an early exit at Indian Wells and Miami, Kyle bounced back to reach the first ATP final in Marrakech on clay, losing to Pablo Andujar in straight sets.
Kyle ousted Novak Djokovic and David Goffin en route to his first Masters 1000 quarter-final in Madrid, missing a chance to go even deeper after a tight loss to Denis Shapovalov.
He reached the third round at Wimbledon for the first time, taking a set away from an eventual champion Novak Djokovic, but his form hit the downfall during the North American hard-court swing where he won three out of eight matches.
After a suitable rest following a terrible first round loss at the US Open, Kyle was the semi-finalist in Beijing and the quarter-finalist in Shanghai where he lost to Zverev 6-4 6-4. Traveling back to Europe, Edmund claimed his maiden ATP title next week in Antwerp, overcoming Gael Monfils in the deciding tie break of the final match to lift his first ATP trophy and gain a huge boost before the start of 2019 season.
Kyle was unable to play at the last Masters 1000 event of the season in Paris but he is now ready to prove his quality again in Brisbane and Sydney before heading to Melbourne where he has a lot of points to defend.