US Open doubles title for 'ecstatic' Tickton tennis teen Kyle Edmund
WHILE Britain's tennis number one Andy Murray is basking in Grand Slam glory, an East Yorkshire teenager is celebrating his own momentous win at the US Open.
As Murray became Britain's first Grand Slam winner in 76 years, Kyle Edmund won the boys' doubles final at the famous New York tournament with his Portuguese partner Frederico Ferreira Silva.
Murray's path to Grand Slam success begun as a boy at the US Open, where he won his first junior Grand Slam in 2004.
Now, former Beverley Grammar School boy Kyle is hoping he will one day emulate Murray's success in the seniors after winning his first Grand Slam boys' title.
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Kyle, 17, said: "It feels good. At the start of the year, it was my aim to win a Grand Slam title.
"I wanted to do it in the singles but I am just pleased I got my reward."
His proud parents, Denise and Steven, followed the live score online at their home in Tickton.
Denise says Kyle called home to share his joy within minutes of beating Australians Nick Kyrgios and Jordan Thompson 6-7, 6-4, 10-6 in a tight final.
She said: "He was so happy, he was just ecstatic.
"He said 'Mum, we played so well'.
"I was just screaming. I was convinced the whole village would be able to hear me.
"I couldn't control myself any more so I had to hand the phone over to his father."
Denise, 44, said it was a remarkable win for the scratch pairing.
She said: "It was just so amazing, they had never played together before this tournament and it was Kyle's first Grand Slam final.
"It was very exciting. The scoreline certainly indicated it was a tight match."
Denise said: "It has been his dream to win a Grand Slam title but he knows this is just the start."
The teenager has not looked back since taking tennis lessons at the crack of dawn as a ten-year-old at the David Lloyd Racquet and Fitness Club in Kingswood, where he showed off his trophy yesterday.
The family has spent tens of thousands of pounds financing Kyle's tennis over the years.
Denise said: "It has all been worth it.
"It's six years since we were taking him to those lessons. When you see how far he has come in those years you just think 'wow, that's incredible'."
Kyle, who reached the quarter finals of the boys' singles at the US Open, revealed he has been practising with Andy Murray this summer.
He said: "He asked me to hit with him.
"I hit with him at Queen's and quite a bit after Wimbledon before the Olympics.
"I was very grateful for the opportunity.
"To hit with someone who has done what he has done and to see at first hand what the level is gives me a bearing on what I need to do."
Murray's mum Judy arranges tickets for Kyle to watch Andy at the major tournaments when the teenager is also competing.
Kyle's final coincided with Murray's semi-final win on Saturday and both managed to complete their matches before the New York venue had to be evacuated because of a tornado warning.
Denise said: "Kyle was giving some press conferences when everyone had to be evacuated.
"The conditions were treacherous."
Kyle has now returned home to Tickton, where he is resting before going to play in the Czech Republic and Spain.
He will also be looking to add to his Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open in January.
He says: "This win has given me a lot of confidence.
"Next year I definitely want to win a Grand Slam."