As Wimbledon 2013 was another memorable and spectacular grand slam event, its longstanding transport sponsors Hertz celebrate a new 20 year sponsorship deal and cement a successful working partnership. Following this year’s tournament, Hertz clinched a series of exclusive interviews with the stars of Wimbledon 2013 and got an amazing insight to what drives the tennis players of today. With exclusive access to the player’s hopes, dreams and personal challenges we look at the life of young British hopeful Kyle Edmund. The South African born teenager made his mark on the junior tennis circuit in 2011 and now at just 18 years of age he entered his very first grand slam tournament as a senior during Wimbledon 2013 playing in both singles and doubles.
Born in Johannesburg, Kyle won an impressive two junior doubles titles when he played in the US Open in 2012 and then again in 2013 at the French Open. His doubles partner Portuguese player Frederico Ferreira Silva shared in his success for both of these titles. For such a young player the Wimbledon experience must have been an incredible one, requiring nerves of steel as he came through his first round singles loss to Jerzy Janowicz. Coached by former tennis ace Greg Rusedski together with his first coach Colin Beecher, Kyle revealed in his exclusive Hertz interview that it is “hard to motivate yourself” to train each and every day but playing at Wimbledon has perhaps been his greatest motivation.
In the light hearted, bite sized interview segments Kyle is at ease and laid back about the whole Wimbledon experience revealing his greatest vice is still chocolate which he treats himself to every day! This rising star won’t let the sweet tooth get the better of him though as he reveals his secrets for a healthy balanced diet and post match recovery meals combined with a gruelling 20 hour a weeks training schedule on court and over an hour a day in the gym.
Kyle’s sporting tennis heroes include Greg Rusedski and Tim Henman but incredibly despite his achievements to date, Kyle didn’t get into playing tennis until he was 10 years old. He had to make the choice between cricket, rugby and the sport itself. With supportive parents ensuring he made the 5am training starts, it sounds like Mr Edmunds has got a good grounding for his dream of one day winning his first grand slam.
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