Britain’s Kyle Edmund (2002-2006) won the US Open boys’ doubles final with Portuguese partner Frederico Ferreira Silva. The eighth seeds beat sixth seeds Nick Kyrgios and Jordan Thompson of Australia 5-7 6-4 10-6 in New York.
The budding tennis star from Yorkshire started training at David Lloyd in Hull with Richard Plews from the age of 10 until he was 13 and then moved to Canons in Hull to train with John Black. He moved with John to training at Win Tennis, based at the National Sports Centre in Bisham Abbey at 14. He continued to train there until he was nearly 17, at which point he moved to the NTC (National Tennis Centre) in Roehampton (near Wimbledon) where he is currently coached by Colin Beecher.
Kyle trains with other boys and men based at the NTC and he is a regular hitting partner for Andy Murray when they are both in the UK. For instance, Kyle hit daily with Andy during the Olympic tennis tournament. This year Kyle has also practised with Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer and others, giving him fantastic experience of playing in front of a crowd and allowing him to measure his own level against the best players in the world.
Kyle has been ranked in the top 25 boys in the world for the last year and a half. He is currently ranked around 22 but has been as high as 8. Since October 2011 Kyle has been playing mainly men’s events and is therefore not focused on his junior ranking. He is just doing enough to ensure Junior Grand Slam main draw entry to fulfil his short term ambition of winning a Junior Grand Slam tournament. In his men’s ranking, he has improved from around 1800 to 827 since October 2011 and is aiming for an end of year ranking of 750. He is currently training and playing hard in preparation for his next major challenge in January 2013 when he will compete in the Australian Open.
Although Kyle left Pocklington School in 2006, he has fond memories of his time at the school and is still in touch with a number of his contemporaries who are all now in the Upper Sixth. He visited school recently to watch some rugby and catch up will his pals.