Kyle Edmund has announced he has split from his coach James Trotman just weeks before the Davis Cup final. In a disappointing Autumn which has seen Edmund play only two challengers to date, which he lost in the first round of both, the British #3 has reacted to this poor run of form by parting company with his coach. Injured during the warm ups for the Davis Cup semifinal when he fell, Edmund then found himself outplayed by the called in cover Dan Evans.
Poor Run Of Form
In the first challenger event, the Brit played after the semifinal, he found himself playing fellow Brit Brydan Klein, and Edmund lost to his countryman. Whilst in the next event, again the Brit fell early at the first stage. This poor run has meant that Trotman has paid the price, and the British #3 will be officially coach less until a replacement is found. In the lead up to the Davis Cup final, Edmund will be supervised by the British Davis Cup captain Leon Smith.
Selections For The Davis Cup Final
Edmund could be selected by Smith as the number two singles player for Britian against the Belgians, although he has yet to make his debut for his country, it could be a risk to place a rookie in the pressure situation of a Davis Cup live rubber in the final. Looking at the schedule that Edmund and Smith have undertaken, he will play some clay challengers on the South American swing. Interestingly, joining both Edmund and Smith on the clay challengers will be another possible for the second singles spot- James Ward. Ward had also suffered a bad run of form after the US Open, but is currently playing in the Bangalore Challenger in India. Ward has progressed to the quarter final of the tournament and is the second seed. Ward has been instrumental in Britain getting the final, as his first round win over John Isner produced the win of his career to help GB to the next round.
From the evidence that Smith is taking both Edmund and Ward on the clay challenger circuit, the choice of the second singles player for the Davis Cup final appears to be between the two. Results will bear a large part in who secures that second sport, with Ward being useful on clay and certainly able to raise his game in Davis Cup (defeating Sam Querry in San Diego and then Isner in Glasgow, with the San Diego tie held on clay) it would seem to be a close call. Edmund will need to bring a new coach in for the next season and the question will be who to select for the important role in the up and coming career of the Brtish youngster.
Edmund has brought in Greg Rusedksi previously to help, however this was not a successful partnership as the results of the British #3 did not improve under the tutor ledge of Rusedki, and at times his ranking decreased. It is unclear who Edmund will have on his list for replacements for Trotman, however a great prospect for the future of British Tennis there is likely to be no shortage of candidates.