Rusedski tasked with helping rising GB star Edmund to shine

TEENAGE tennis star Kyle Edmund has appointed former British No1 Greg Rusedski as his new coach, replacing the Lawn Tennis Association’s Colin Beecher.

Edmund has risen rapidly through the world rankings since playing in his first ATP tour event at Queen’s Club last June, breaking into the top 300 in February.

The 19-year-old is rated among the hottest properties in British tennis having reached both the junior singles and doubles semi-finals at Wimbledon in 2013 and travelled with Team GB for their recent Davis Cup tie against United States.

LTA chief executive Michael Downey hopes Rusedski’s enthusiasm can push Edmund on to greater feats.

“I think this is great that this has happened. No disrespect to Colin Beecher, who did great work, but change sometimes should happen,” said Downey.

“Greg has stepped over the line and said ‘give me the keys’. Greg has said to both Leon [Smith, GB Davis Cup captain] and myself and to Colin ‘I don’t want to count days, I actually really want to make a difference here’. I think it’s a great statement.”

World No2 Novak Djokovic, meanwhile, is expected to return to the court in two weeks, after a wrist injury suffered last week at the Monte Carlo Masters was deemed not as serious as first feared.

Djokovic has earmarked a return at the Madrid Masters in May, three weeks before the French Open is set to commence.