Like Roger Federer, Kyle Edmund skips Australian Open with knee issues

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Like Roger Federer, Kyle Edmund skips Australian Open with knee issues

Just a day after turning 25, Kyle Edmund announced he would miss the season's first Major event in Melbourne with left knee issues. The Briton was the Australian Open semi-finalist in 2018, curving his path towards 36 wins that season and his first ATP title in Antwerp.

Kyle entered the top-20 for the first time in May after the Madrid Open quarter-final, improving his position in the season's closing stages to find himself in the top-15. The youngster lost to Fernando Verdasco in Vienna, and that was his last match of the breakthrough year, withdrawing from Paris with a left knee injury to end his season.

Returning in Brisbane at the beginning of 2019, Edmund suffered an early loss and decided to skip the Sydney International and rest his knee ahead of the Australian Open. Defending massive 720 points in Melbourne, the Briton lost in the opening round to Tomas Berdych in straight sets, leaving the top-20 and withdrawing from Rotterdam and Marseille.

Returning at strong Indian Wells Challenger, Kyle toppled Andrey Rublev in the title match to win the title, carrying that form to Indian Wells and Miami and losing in the fourth round to Roger Federer and John Isner. In the next couple of months, Edmund was the semi-finalist in Eastbourne and the quarter-finalist in Washington alongside many early exits.

He lost eight straight encounters and found the form right at the end of the season in Paris and the Davis Cup Finals in Madrid, hoping for more of the same in 2020. Barely ranked inside the top-70, Kyle kicked off the previous season with three losses in the opening five matches, eager to change that at New York Open.

Kyle Edmund struggles with ongoing left knee injury.

The Briton defeated five rivals from outside the top-50 to lift his second ATP title and the first since October 2018, feeling good on the court again before the coronavirus outbreak.

The Briton gave his best against Novak Djokovic at the US Open in the second round, challenging the mighty opponent in a 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 loss in three hours and 13 minutes. The Johannesburg native couldn't avoid the knee pain by the end of the season, withdrawing from Hamburg and Roland Garros and wrapping up the year with five straight losses, three against the rivals from outside the top-90!

Kyle was back on the practice court and in the gym ahead of the new season, but he doesn't feel he would play well in Melbourne and endure the best-of-five encounters. "Unfortunately, my knee is not quite ready to compete in the upcoming Australia swing. I hope to be back competing soon," Kyle Edmund said.