Kyle Edmund has made history this week along with Andy Murray and Heather Watson at the French open. For the first time in four years three contestants from the UK have made it through to the second round of the French Open. Kyle Edmund secured his victory against Stephane Robert, late in the day, in a five set match that saw the final score settle at 2-6 6-4 6-3 5-7 6-2.
The 20 year old performed well in the match, despite a painful cramp in his calf towards the end of the day. In addition to his discomfort, Edmund fought hard in spite of the French crowd’s cheers for his opponent.
Andy Murray won his match against Argentina’s Facundo Arguello 6-3 6-3 6-1. Following his win, Murray went along to observe his fellow British competitor, Kyle Edmund, to spur him on. There were no doubts that, Andy Murray’s cheers would have helped Edmund work through the pain in his calf to secure his win.
In women’s tennis, Great Britain’s Heather Watson saw off France’s Mathilde Johansson 6-4 7-5. Yesterday was an all-round outstanding result for British Tennis, and starts speculation amongst tennis fans for a great summer at England’s impending tournaments.
Following his win in the first round, Kyle Edmund commented:
“At two sets all before the fifth I went to the toilet and I just thought, ‘give it everything, you know, don’t have any regrets, give it everything you’ve got on the court. If you give everything, you won’t be disappointed. It was important I got a good start in the fifth; I went up a double break.”
He went on to speak of his injury and his difficulty in winning the last game:
“I started cramping. I just thought, give it everything here and that last game, I was very relieved to get through.”
As a direct result of the first round at Roland Garros, demand for tickets at Queens and Wimbledon is likely to be at an all-time high. Professionals within the debenture and hospitality industry are predicting huge interest for both of the world renowned events. How will the British contenders progress towards the end of the week, watch this space……….
Author Lisa Wood.
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