British number one Kyle Edmund says he is feeling optimistic heading into Wimbledon after managing to fully overcome a knee injury that has hampered his progress this season.
South African-born Edmund reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January 2018 before then going on to break his ATP duck when winning the European Open in Belgium in October.
The 24-year-old was expected to kick on this year but he has found life difficult so far, suffering a first-round exit in Melbourne before exiting the French Open in the second round.
A knee injury forced Britain’s number one to withdraw from his match against Pablo Cuevas at Roland Garros and that issue has been causing him some problems since that French exit.
Edmund lost to top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round at Queen’s last week but the Brit says he is feeling more optimistic ahead of Wimbledon, which gets underway on Monday. “It’s a lot more positive since Queens,” he told Sky Sports.
“I’ve been practicing a lot more. When I came off the court at Queen’s, I felt a bit slow and sluggish – not as sharp as I wanted to be.
“I am feeling good about my game physically. Practice is one thing but doing it in a match is somewhere where you can really see and put it to the test. You are going there (Wimbledon) wanting to win every match, that is natural.”
Edmund, who has never gone past the third round at the All England Club, is 81.00 to win his maiden Grand Slam, while Novak Djokovic is the 2.38 favourite. Swiss legend Roger Federer is second in the betting at 4.00, while Spaniard Rafael Nadal is a 6.00 chance.