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Edmund shrugs off hip problem and commits to Davis Cup effort

 

By Eleanor Crooks

Kyle Edmund has given Great Britain's Davis Cup team a boost by committing to travelling to next week's first round tie against Spain.

The 23-year-old struggled with a minor hip problem during his semi-final defeat to Marin Cilic at the Australian Open on Thursday, a result that halted his stunning run in Melbourne.

Edmund made it clear after the match that he hoped to go to Marbella, where he is due to lead Britain's team for arguably the toughest test in the competition, away to Spain on clay.

It is a tight turnaround, with Edmund due to arrive back in London on Saturday and the team set to fly to Spain on Monday to begin their preparations, but the Yorkshireman's spokesman confirmed he is hopeful of being ready to play.

Edmund's great leap forward in Australia came after a season where his ranking was stuck in the high 40s. Now he will sit in the mid-20s.

"I didn't want a third year of being around that same ranking," he said. "I know my ability was better, but there's no point just saying you can be better. That was a goal.

"The start of the year has been really good for that, so there's a lot of learning. I have taken away confidence from that.

"Players get hungry from losing. Next week is another tournament and the week after that. It's important to keep the ball rolling."

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