In-form Edmund’s Davis Cup call-up

Kyle Edmund
Kyle Edmund

Kyle Edmund capped a fantastic week by earning a call-up to the Great Britain squad for their Davis Cup final later this month.

The Tickton tennis star was picked in a five-man party by captain Leon Smith, but will only find out if he will take to the court on the eve of the final in Belgium.

Edmund is likely to be battling it out with James Ward for the second singles spot as Britain seek their first Davis Cup title since 1936.

But the issue could be muddied further because British number two Aljaz Bedene is waiting to hear the outcome of an appeal about whether he is eligible to represent Team GB, having previously played for his native Slovenia.

Captain Smith announced his provisional team on Tuesday morning and Andy Murray will lead the bid.

Jamie Murray is likely to again partner his brother in the doubles rubber, with fellow doubles specialist Dominic Inglot also included as back-up.

Twenty-year-old Edmund really pushed himself forward by winning in Argentina on Sunday and could be in line to make his Davis Cup debut.

He beat Carlos Berlocq 6-0 6-4 to claim the Buenos Aires Challenger clay court tournament and it meant he crept back into the world’s top 100, after jumping 11 places in the rankings to 99th.

Smith does not have to finalise his four-man line-up until a week today, and is likely to see how Edmund and Ward perform in practice on clay at the Flanders Expo before making a final decision.

Ward has been a key figure in the run to the final, twice claiming vital wins against the USA, but is ranked more than 50 places below Edmund.

Dan Evans, who also won a title on Sunday, has been left out but was a late inclusion for the semi-final against Australia so could potentially still figure.