Edmund pulls out of French Open

Kyle Edmund is out of the French Open

Published: Thursday 28th May 2015 by Leo Stevens

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Britain’s Kyle Edmund has withdrawn from the French Open with an abdominal injury ahead of his second round match against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios.

Edmund was playing in his second consecutive grand slam after coming through qualifying at Roland Garros, and the 20-year-old beat France’s Stephane Robert in five sets on Monday to seal his place in round two.

The Briton had been scheduled to play world number 30 Kyrgios on Thursday but an abdominal problem has forced him to pull out.

An official tournament statement read: “British player Kyle Edmund, scheduled to play Australian Nick Kyrgios tomorrow in the second round, has withdrawn from the tournament due to an abdominal muscle lesion.

“In the third round, Kyrgios will meet the winner of the match between British third seed Andy Murray and Portuguese Joao Sousa.”

Edmund overcame both cramp and a raucous French crowd on Court Seven to beat Robert and win his first ever five-setter 2-6 6-4 6-3 5-7 6-2.

It was the first time since 2006 that a British man other than Murray had won in the main draw and the first time in four years that three British players made it to round two of the French Open.

Edmund is expected now to focus on getting fit for the grass-court season and Wimbledon, where he has lost in the first round for the past two years.

Murray plays Sousa on Thursday for a place in round three in Paris while in the women’s draw, Britain’s Heather Watson faces America’s Sloane Stephens.

Published: Thursday 28th May 2015 by Leo Stevens

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