5 things about Kyle Edmund

Kyle Edmund in action against Andreas Seppi of Italy during round four on day seven at the Australian Open tennis tournament, in Melbourne Credit: AAP Image/Julian Smith

Kyle Edmund will play Grigor Dimitrov in his first grand slam quarter-final at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old has flown the British flag brilliantly in the absence of Andy Murray and positioned himself as a potential challenger for the biggest titles.

Here's five things you may not know about the Yorkshireman.

  • Red Kyle

The 23-year-old's main passion away from tennis is supporting Liverpool. He goes to matches when he can and is good friends on tour with the likes of Liverpudlian doubles brothers Ken and Neal Skupski and Australian John Millman, who are all fellow Reds. He may not want to chat too much about football with coach Fredrik Rosengren, who supports Manchester United.

  • Family man

Edmund was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, but moved to Great Britain when he was three and grew up in the East Yorkshire village of Tickton, near Beverley. His father Steven, who is originally from Wales, is a businessman while his mother Denise is South African. He has a younger sister, Kelly.

  • Late starter

Edmund did not begin playing tennis until he was 10, very late by professional tennis standards, having originally been a very good cricketer. But he quickly found he was very good with racket in hand as well. Edmund emerged as the leading player in what was considered a talented generation of British boys and helped Britain win the junior Davis Cup in 2011.

  • Davis Cup debut

Edmund became only the seventh player to make his Davis Cup debut in the final when he pulled on a senior Great Britain shirt for the first time in 2015. He came close to claiming a stunning upset against Belgian number one David Goffin in the opening rubber only to lose from two sets up. He has secured the winning rubber twice in Davis Cup ties, in Serbia in 2016 and Canada last February.

  • Tropical living

Edmund moved his official residence from London to the Bahamas during the off-season. Having previously trained with Andy Murray in Miami, the 23-year-old now has Lleyton Hewitt's academy to base himself at during practice weeks, while the location offers hot weather and a convenient base for tournaments in North America. The low tax rates are, of course, an added bonus.