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2018 has been an intriguing year for British Tennis with the continued absence of Andy Murray and the continued rise of Kyle Edmund. Murray, since taking over from the under-rated Tim Henman as British No 1, has had a stellar career, winning Grand Slams and Olympic Golds, with just the Australian and French Opens eluding him despite numerous final appearances. But, having not competed since Wimbledon 2017, there are concerns as to whether he’ll play again at all, let alone make a comeback from injury.

While such claims have been refuted it is clear that Murray will face an uphill task at Wimbledon this year if he does make it back in time. He could end up lining up against a well-rested Roger Federer as well as the rest of the world’s top ten and the next generation stars who have caught the eye during Andy’s absence. Federer however, along with Rafael Nadal, prove that there is hope and they could provide inspiration given that they both recovered from injuries to take all four grand slams between them in 2017.

Kyle Edmund, on the other hand, has gone from strength to strength having taken Murray’s place at the head of the British rankings and risen to the top 20 in the world. Whilst achieving this he has proved adept on every surface, particularly clay, having recently beaten Novak Djokovic and is gaining popularity in the outright betting markets for Rolland Garros and Wimbledon. Other notable victims of the tall right hander this year include Grigor Dimitrov, Kevin Anderson and David Goffin, all already well entrenched in the world’s top 20 and more big names are likely to fall by the wayside as the season progresses.

Andy Murray and Edmund aside, Jamie Murray continues to excel in the doubles and Cameron Norrie is at a career high ranking and hopefully poised to make the top 100 in the world. In the women’s game Johanna Konta remains Britain’s number one, ably backed up by Heather Watson, who has famously taken Serena Williams the distance at Wimbledon before, and Naomi Broady.

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