Yorkshire’s Kyle Edmund left waiting for Australian Open withdrawals

Yorkshire's Kyle Edmund in action in the recent Davis Cup Final.

Yorkshire's Kyle Edmund in action in the recent Davis Cup Final.

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Beverley’s Kyle Edmund has suffered a minor blow after missing out on direct entry to The Australian Open – the new season’s first grand slam.

Edmund had looked to have done enough to gain direct entry into a slam for the first time following his victory in a Challenger tournament in Buenos Aires last month, which earned him a Davis Cup debut for Great Britain in the final.

But, because five male players have used protected rankings, the Yorkshireman’s ranking of 102 puts him three spots out.

Likely withdrawals mean the 20-year-old still has a good chance of making it without having to go through qualifying.

Britain has four players who have secured direct entry for the tournament, which starts on January 18 - Andy Murray, Aljaz Bedene, Johanna Konta and Heather Watson.

Laura Robson, meanwhile, is targeting Indian Wells in March for her return to top-level tennis after opting not to enter in Melbourne.

Robson could have played using her protected ranking of 58 – the place she occupied before the wrist problems that derailed her career at the start of 2014 and from which she is still working her way back.

Her representatives have said she is hoping to play the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in March, one of the biggest tournaments on the WTA Tour, while Charleston in April is another strong possibility.

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