After three surgeries and 21 months away from tennis, Kyle Edmund is on a comeback trail.
The former World No. 14 will play his first tour-level singles match since October 2020 in Vienna, when he suits up at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C.
“It’s extremely rewarding to be back,” the 27-year-old said.
“There were long periods when I couldn’t see when I would be back. There were times when there was no progression, no improvement.
“But I was willing to exhaust all avenues to get back. I didn’t pick up a racquet for five or six months. I just wanted to play tennis.”
Edmund eased his way back into tour life by playing mixed doubles at Wimbledon in June.
He said that being back around his peers and getting a feel again for the environment of pro tennis was a blessing.
“I needed it, it had been such a long time,” Edmund said of his return at the All England Club.
“To get a feel for it again, the match-day preparation and to feel those nerves again.”
He returned to the singles court last week as he competed in an ATP Challenger event in Winnipeg, Canada.
Edmund made it to the round of 16 and coming through the qualifiers.
“It was just about being back out on the singles court,” he said.
“I didn’t care where I played. It was my first singles match in such a long time. It wasn’t about the results, it was about playing a match and learning where I was at. It was a big tick box.
“I played three matches in a week and came away with some wins, so that was a bonus. Lots of positives to take away.”