He was British number one but Kyle Edmund is set to fall out the top 70 in the world after his sixth defeat on the bounce.
The former world number 14 has had a tough year which began with an injury at the Australian Open and just hasn’t kicked on since.
He has had a lot of changes with his main coach Frederik Rosengren retiring in February and has recently split with Mark Hilton too. Colin Beecher who worked with Kyle between 2011-2014 and has been a coach on the Davis Cup team has joined him on a temporary basis.
Round one exit in Shanghai means that Kyle has not won since early August when he defeated Nick Kyrgios 6-3 6-4 in Washington.
Kyle isn’t due to turn up in Antwerp either where he is defending champion so the 250 points will drop off and could be a fight to finish his season as high as possible.
There were positives from Kyle in his match against Chardy. His backhand looked sharp and he served well.
The issue for me? The forehand.
This shot is his bread and butter, so how is it going wrong?
Easy! This reminds me of Grigor Dimitrov in 2018 and to an extent early this year. Your best shot becomes your biggest problem. The forehand is doing good, it’s opening up the court but players will figure it out.
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You can see from the forehands I chose from the match it was wobbly. All four of them hit the net or went wide, this is down to a lack of confidence but also footwork.
The two forehands on the right of each picture, there is no momentum in the swing as his body and feet inparticular are moving back limiting him.
Same with the backing up forehands on the left side of each picture. I think the issue is mainly too much time. The feet don’t help as it takes him off balance simply shots like a forehand cross court with the flicked wrist or the forehand hooked up the line needs better footwork.
Kyle lost 4-6 6-7 to Chardy. Was it that close? No it wasn’t. Both did well on serve with Kyle winning a high percentage but made no in-roads on the Frenchman’s game.
Chardy only won 4 more points but he won points which were effective. He created break points where as Kyle only saw one break point which he didn’t convert.