A breakthrough season for Kyle Edmund came to a tame end last night when he made a late withdrawal from this week’s Rolex Paris Masters.
The British number one suffered discomfort in his left knee during last week’s ATP event in Vienna and underwent a scan in the French capital on Monday afternoon.
He was advised to withdraw from Tuesday’s scheduled second round against Russian Karen Khachanov largely as a precautionary measure, having already played four consecutive weeks.
Kyle Edmund’s (pictured) season is over after he withdrew from the Paris Masters
This latest health setback brings the curtain down on a year when he stepped into Andy Murray’s shoes with an unexpected degree of success, breaching the world’s top fifteen in the process.
He progressed to such a degree that a good week in Paris could even have gained him a place as an on-site alternate for next month’s Nitto ATP Finals at London’s 02 Arena.
But Edmund admitted yesterday that he would, in any case, most likely have turned down the opportunity, with the possibility of him undergoing a minor operation to remove his tonsils after several health issues this season.
After winning his maiden title in Antwerp nine days ago the 23 year-old from Yorkshire was close to filling one of the substitute berths, which pay a minimum £85,000 fee for attendance.
But he already has his sights on preparing fully for next season.
The Brit has endured a breakthrough season, winning the European Open this month
‘If you take an alternate spot then your pre-season is shorter,’ he said, ‘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 are that I would rather train for next year than be an alternate.’
Edmund was struck down by viral illnesses after making the Australian Open semi final and in the lead-up to the US Open. He wants to properly address that and has several options, one of which is not to do anything.
‘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, referring to his health beyond the nagging knee issue. ‘ I will analyse what needs to be done and then make a decision.
‘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 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.’
And after undergoing a scan in Paris on a knee injury, he was advised to end his season
Edmund has a heavy amount of ranking points to defend in January but will be buoyed by his win in Antwerp that was his best performance since Melbourne. He also made the final in Marrakech and had a notable win over Novak Djokovic in Madrid, before losing to him in Wimbledon’s third round.
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.
Jamie Murray has once again qualified for the doubles event while Roger Federer is expected to play in the singles, although he will be making a late decision on whether or not to play this week in Paris.