Edmund through to French Open main draw

Kyle Edmund.
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Beverley’s Kyle Edmund is through to the French Open first round for the first time in his career after he beat Spain’s Adrian Menendez-Maceiras 6-1 6-4.

It means Edmund has made it to the main draw of consecutive grand slams after the 20-year-old qualified for the Australian Open in January, before losing to American Steve Johnson in the opening round.

A number of the top seeds were drawn against qualifiers on Friday, meaning Edmund could now face the likes of Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych in Paris.

It is also the first time at Roland Garros since 2006 that Britain has had three men in the main draw.

Edmund will certainly be brimming with confidence as the win over Menendez-Maceiras, who was seeded 12th in qualifying, came just 24 hours after he thrashed 2005 quarter-finalist Victor Hanescu.

Menendez-Maceiras was simply unable to cope with Edmund’s energy and hard-hitting from the back of the court and the British number four stormed into an early 5-0 lead.

The Spaniard temporarily stemmed the tide but he could not prevent Edmund from taking the opening set and then a break in the first game of the second, after he missed a routine backhand wide.

Edmund was firmly in the ascendancy, unnerving his opponent with a number of rasping forehands, and he claimed another break to establish some breathing space.

It was needed as Menendez-Maceiras made a late fightback, recovering one break to make Edmund sweat at 5-4, but the Briton served out to seal an impressive victory in one hour and two minutes.