Knee injury forces Kyle Edmund to call time on his season as he also ponders going under knife to remove tonsils
- Kyle Edmund is expected to reject the chance to play in the ATP Finals
- A late-season surge had put the Briton in the reckoning for the London event
- Even if he qualifies, Edmund is likely to go under the knife instead of playing
- The 23-year-old may need a minor operation to remove his his tonsils
- Edmund had a breakthrough season, winning the European Open this month
Kyle Edmund is expected to turn down the chance to be part of next month’s season-end championships in London, even if he gets close to qualifying through a further late-season surge this week.
A few wins at the Rolex Paris Masters could see the British No 1 fill one of the two lucrative on-site alternate spots at the Nitto ATP Finals at the 02 Arena.
But Edmund admitted on Monday that he would most likely take a break, with the possibility of him undergoing a minor operation to remove his tonsils after several health issues in an otherwise successful year.
Kyle Edmund (pictured) is expected to reject the chance to play in next month’s ATP Finals
After winning his maiden title in Antwerp nine days ago the 23 year-old from Yorkshire is close to filling one of the substitute berths, which pay a minimum £85,000 fee for attendance.
It is far from unheard of for them to get involved, and last year’s Spain’s Pablo Carreno-Busta ended up playing two matches.
But Edmund already has his sights on preparing fully for next season, after a year which currently sees him as its thirteenth best performer in the men’s game.
‘ If you take an alternate spot then your pre-season is shorter,’ he said yesterday. ‘ At the minute I won’t be an alternate unless I win some matches (this week) but even then you’re basically sitting on the sidelines while you could be taking a break and then getting ready for next year with the training. My thoughts right now are that I would rather train for next year than be an alternate.’
Since the event moved to London in 2009 only the Murray brothers have formed any part of what is the most exclusive field in the men’s game.
Edmund might have even made the field by right if he had he not been struck down by viral illnesses after the Australian Open and in the lead-up to the US Open. He wants to properly address that once this week is over and has several options, one of which is not to do anything.
The Brit has enjoyed a breakthrough season, winning the European Open this month
‘It depends on what the doctors think but at the minute I’m feeling okay so we haven’t really had the need,’ said Edmund. ‘ At the end of the season I will analyse what needs to be done and then make a decision with the timeframe as well.
‘There’s always that chance of having some medicine but it’s something I’ve not really gone into because if you take it you need to get permission so it’s not something I really want to do because I have been feeling okay. If I continue to get ill in the future then it’s something I will do, but touch wood I’ve been feeling a lot more healthy.’
Since it moved to London in 2009 only the Murray brothers have been home representatives at the year-end Finals in what is the most exclusive field in men’s tennis.
Whether Edmund would be summoned to the 02 depends on how he progresses this week, and he has a tough opener today against Russian Karen Khachanov. Injury withdrawals are also a factor, with the accursed Juan Martin Del Potro already looking a non-starter with a knee injury.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are still both expected to play, although the Swiss will make a last minute decision on whether he has enough energy to feature in Paris this week.
Juan Martin Del Potro (pictured) is also likely to miss the ATP Finals through injury
Edmund is a huge Formula One fan and was watching on Sunday when Lewis Hamilton took a fifth world title. He believes the driver might only get full recognition when he has retired.
‘I don’t know who is under appreciating him but I think he is one of the best drivers of all time,’ he said.
‘I always feel that when you’re gone you get appreciated a lot more because people can see what you’ve really done.
‘He’s taken the most pole positions out of anyone, he’s second in most wins, I think he has got twenty odd to catch Schumacher but (Kimi) Raikkonen just won a race the other week at 39 so he’s got another five or six years and can still keep winning if he’s in the right car. ‘
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