British tennis hopes for the future were raised at the weekend when OP Kyle Edmund (2002-2006) left Roland Garros on Saturday 8 June 2013 as the first British champion there for 31 years.
Kyle and his partner, Portugal’s Frederico Ferreira Silva, added to their US Open boys’ doubles title with a repeat performance in Paris, beating the Chilean pair Christian Garin and Nicolas Jarry in straight sets 6-3, 6-3. Kyle, who also reached the quarter-finals of the junior singles tournament, is the first British player to win a title at Roland Garros since John Lloyd’s mixed doubles victory partnering Australia’s Wendy Turnbull in 1982.
After the match Kyle (@kyle8edmund) tweeted: “Thanks for the tweets of kind words! Very happy I was able to win with Fred. pic.twitter.com/6AvG8ORLZ8” in response to a plethora of congratulatory tweets from the Old Pocklingtonian Association (@PocklingtonOPs), Pocklington School (@PockSchool), OPs and pupils.
Regarded as one of Britain’s brightest prospects, Kyle now heads for Queen’s Club, where he has been given a wild card into the Aegon Championships. “It’s going to be a busy time coming up, and with the opportunity I’ve got through the wild card it’s nice to go into a big tournament off the back of a win,” the 18-year-old from East Yorkshire said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead.
“It’s a nice feeling to win at any level but after our win at the US Open it’s great to be able to do it again at Roland Garros. With a quarter-final in the singles and a win in the doubles, it feels like a good week.”
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