Kyle Edmund in the ATP Mutua Madrid Open quarter-final, 2018
Kyle Edmund in the ATP Mutua Madrid Open quarter-final, 2018 | (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Wimbledon 2018 | Edmund opens against tricky lefty qualifier Alex Bolt

By Jake Davies

  • Kyle Edmund [21] vs Alex Bolt [Q]
WIMBLEDON, UNITED KINGDOM – British No.1 Kyle Edmund looks to win back-to-back matches at Wimbledon for the first time, but firstly he has to get through qualifier Alex Bolt in the opening round.




Kyle Edmund [21] vs Alex Bolt [Q] H2H: First meeting

The British No.1 Kyle Edmund’s week in Eastbourne ended prematurely as he fell to Mikhail Kukushkin in the quarter-finals, but Edmund can now look ahead to Wimbledon, while having perhaps his best year to date on the grass-court after a disappointing run last season. Edmund is the No.21 seed at this year’s Wimbledon and has been drawn against Australian qualifier Alex Bolt in the first round.

Bolt has never been inside the World’s Top 150, but has plenty of weapons that can really disrupt the game of Edmund in their opening round clash. The Australian likes to make the most of his left-handed serve, which can really work a treat in the fast conditions and he likes to shorten the length of the points with his forehand side.

He often utilises the serve and first forehand combination quite a lot, but the problem for Bolt has been really finding a way to implement that winning tactic in the majors, where he is currently 0-3 at slam level. The Australian really does play an old school style of tennis and will really ask a lot of questions from Edmund as to whether the Brit’s quality of passing shot will be firing on all cylinders on the day.

Bolt, at just 25 years of age, momentarily took a hiatus from tennis during the 2016 season and now that he has taken a step back from competition it has given him a fresh perspective and in many ways has rejuvenated him in the second phase of his career. The dangerous thing for Edmund is that Bolt really will swing away with virtually nothing to lose and the Australian also has the luxury of getting those match-wins in qualifying, which should help him greatly, even if it is a massive step up in level for the qualifier.

Edmund is still yet to win back-to-back matches at Wimbledon, but now as a Top-20 player, the Brit can really look forward to what should be the most successful Wimbledon of his career if he plays to his capabilities.

 Prediction: Edmund in straight sets