Tag Archive: Kyle Edmund

Well, folks, since my first Player to Watch selection for 2014 was 17 years old, and my second PTW pick is 19 years old, I thought it only fair that I include an 18-year-old pick today, lest I be accused of ageism.

Today’s player might not have as many junior or pro singles titles as Borna Coric or Kimmer Coppejans (he does hold a 2-1 H2H advantage over the latter, having not played the former), but he’s got a tangible amount of intangibles going for him in a way that makes his imminent success seemingly even more assured.

Also, for today’s profile, I’m going to try something different: since the guy I’m writing up has so many smart things to say, generally, about his game and others’, I’ll try to use his own words wherever possible, rather than rely on my usual speculative yammering.

One thing that hasn’t changed: the amount of blathering I do at the beginning of these articles, trying to build up suspense as to who the player is, when you and I both know you’ve already cheated by scrolling down and looking at the pictures anyway.  Ah well.  No point in delaying any longer, then.  My third and somehow more tangibly intangibly set for success Player to Watch For 2014 is (as you already know, you cheater)…

"Hello! I'm Challenger Tennis's Third And Possibly Best Player To Watch For 2014, Kyle Edmund!"

“Hello! I’m Challenger Tennis’s Third And Possibly Best Player To Watch For 2014, Kyle Edmund!

Posting a 40/18 record in his first full year on the pro tour (a winning percentage of 69%), the strapping English 18-year-old has won three Futures titles in last 13 months or so, and rose 503 spots in the rankings in that time.  He was also the first 1995-born player to take a title at the professional level, when he beat Chase Buchanan 7-6(2) 2-6 6-4 to claim the USA F29 Futures late October of last year.

His late-2012 results have dropped off his ranking this month, leaving him at #381. But is he panicking? Is he rushing off to try and make up those points at Futures tourneys at the end of this year? Hell no. The precocious lad is off instead training hard with a Slam winner (as PTWs tend to do). But more on that later.

Edmund, In Dire Need of a Ball Hopper

Edmund, In Dire Need of a Ball Hopper

Kyle generally wowed the world with a sizzling stretch of play through the spring and summer, during which he went 30/9 and challenged some of tennis’s top players.  He began by taking his third pro title at the USA F11 Futures in April, then made up for his singles defeat to Alexander Zverev on his favorite surface (clay) in the Roland Garros boys singles quarterfinal by taking the doubles title with Portugal’s Frederico Silva.

Kyles of Smiles

Kyles of Smiles

Then it was onto the grass season in Engerland, which is where the British media discovered him (God help him).  Thankfully, their dross is my gain, because as much as I enjoy Edmund’s game and its potential, I also appreciate how he conducts himself off the court.

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Which Teen(s) Will Make The Top 200 Before Turning 20?

Today’s post finds me musing about teens in the Top 200.  As you tennis geniuses (genii?) probably already know, the average age of the Top 100 keeps on rising and rising (it currently sits at 27ish). Today, men over 30 are reaping tremendous results on the ATP World Tour, and gone are the days of the Beckers (Boris, not Benji), the Kricksteins, and the Ariases (Arii?) bashing their way into the Top 20 whilst still comfortably in their teens.

As of this writing, there is only one teen in the Top 200 — the 18-year-old Australian wunderkind Nick Kyrgios at #188.  Dominic Thiem almost joined him for a spell, but turned 20 just six days before hitting the T200*.  19-year-old Lucas Pouille of France is poised right on the cusp of Top 200dom at #202.  It seems reasonable to expect the Frenchman will join Kyrgios soon, and probably well before he turns 20 on the 23rd of February, 2014.

Which leads me to wonder: which teen(s) do you think have what it takes to make it and join Nick and (possibly) Lucas before he turns 20?  Will it be:


Filip It And Reverse It

Filip Peliwo – the Boys’ US Open and Wimbledon champion and junior #1 (on 7-Sept 2012) has been adjusting fairly well to life on the pro circuit, with a 29/19 record, a challenger semifinal (Lexington) and a Futures final to his name this year.  At ATP #283, he has a ways to go to make the Top 200, and just over four months to do it. On the plus side, he only has 7 ATP points coming off between now and then. The gregarious Canadian will turn 20 on the 30th of January, 2014.  Odds of making it: 14%

Kimmer, Kimmer, Chicken Dinner

Kimmer, Kimmer, Chicken Dinner

Kimmer Coppejans – the Belgian 19-year-old was the Junior #1 just a couple of months before Peliwo grabbed the top spot, and beat the Canadian to claim the 2012 Roland Garros Boys title. Kimmer’s also having a better year than Filip, at 41/18 with a Challenger SF (Meknes) and 5 Futures titles on his 2013 CV.  He’s now ranked just 10 rungs below Peliwo at #293, but he has almost 10 days more to get into Top 200ville; his 20th birthday falls on the 7th of February, 2014. And he has precisely 0 (zero) ATP points coming off his ranking before then.  Just last month he said his end-of-year goal was to make the Top 300.  Methinks he needs a new goal. Odds of making it: 27%

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