Kyle Edmund defeated by Gael Monfils at Wimbledon

Elias Hubbard
July 6, 2017

The world No 50 takes on 15th seed and eccentric Frenchman Gael Monfils in the first match on Centre Court looking to reach the third round for the first time in his career.

Spectators on Number One Court will be able to see Serbia's Novak Djokovic, who plays first at 1pm, and the German world number one Angelique Kerber who is up third.

"That's the main thing at the moment, just to try and stay healthy and play as many tournaments I can until the end of the year".

The 30-year-old, who helped Great Britain to a memorable Davis Cup win in 2015, was playing just his fifth match since suffering a serious knee problem in September but went down 6-4 6-4 6-3 to Baghdatis on Court 18.

Edmund started the match well, forcing his enigmatic French opponent to a tie-break in the first set. "Never had great result on grass".

Monfils played in a solid enough manner, and used his exceptional movement well enough to encourage the belief he might make the second week at Wimbledon for the first time.

That underlines the challenge ahead for Edmund, whose game is certainly suited to the hard court season, underlined by his run to the fourth round at last year's US Open at Flushing Meadows.

As well as Alex Ward, grand slam debutant Katie Boulter, James Ward and Brydan Klein all lost, leaving Sir Andy Murray, Aljaz Bedene, Johanna Konta and Heather Watson as the remaining British represenatives at the SW19 championships.

Edmunds's struggles at Wimbledon, a surface that remains far from comfortable, is perhaps the main reason he can still eat out in Wimbledon Village without too many second glances. I've lost four first rounds but I was asked going into this what would happen if I lost and it's five - just another loss.

"I really felt like I could win the match, and I was in with a chance". "Especially because you're British, it's the one tournament you want to do well in more than any other tournament".

"I'm really excited about the weeks ahead", he said. SSE do more for their customers, providing access to exclusive sport and entertainment reward offers and they're giving customers the chance to win awesome experience packages to this year's already sold out event.

Kyle Edmund was the only British player to survive until the second round of Wimbledon on Day 2 as four bowed out. Embed from Getty Images These early rounds can be a little predictable and that's just for those asking the questions.

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