Kyle Edmund overtakes Andy Murray as Britain's No 1
By Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 05/03/18 3:05pm
Andy Murray's 12-year reign as British No 1 came to an end this week after he was replaced in top spot by Kyle Edmund.
The ATP rankings on Monday show Edmund at a career high of 24 while Murray slips to 29 after the 500 points he collected for winning last season's Dubai Championships came off.
It is the first time since July 2006, when a 19-year-old Murray overtook Greg Rusedski after reaching the fourth round of Wimbledon, that the Scot has not been British No 1.
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Murray's slip from the top ranking has come as a result of the hip injury which has sidelined him since last summer's Wimbledon and recently required surgery.
"It is humbling to become the British number one and, perhaps unwittingly, as Andy has dropped down in rankings due to his injury," said Edmund, who made the semi-finals of the Australian Open.
"As proud as I am, I would have been much happier had Andy stayed healthy and occupied his place at the very top where he belongs.
"Wishing Andy a speedy recovery and I hope to battle it out with him in a more legitimate fashion in years to come. I'll continue to work hard and represent Great Britain as best as I can."
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Edmund has had injury problems of his own recently, missing Britain's Davis Cup tie against Spain with a hip issue and later being forced out of clay-court events in Buenos Aires due to illness.
The 23-year-old has now recovered and is set to make his return to the ATP Tour at the upcoming BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, the first Masters tournament of the season.
You can watch the Masters 1000 from Indian Wells with coverage getting underway from 7pm on Sky Sports Action and via the red button on the same channel this Thursday. You can also watch it from 10.30pm on Sky Sports Main Event.
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