British No.1 Kyle Edmund will play Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in the first round of the 2019 French Open on Monday, May 27. The timings of this match are yet to be confirmed. You can find the Kyle Edmund v Jeremy Chardy live streaming options, preview and predictions here.
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Kyle Edmund v Jeremy Chardy Head to Head
Kyle Edmund and Jeremy Chardy have met only once on tour. The Brit won in their meeting at the Barcelona Open two years ago in straight sets. Their other previous match was in the Davis Cup World Group quarter-final in 2017 which Chardy won.
Edmund Has Not Won A Match In Two Months
This time last year, Kyle Edmund was on a meteoric rise on tour. Fresh from advancing to the semifinals of Australian Open, he managed to to reach the final at the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakesh, and then shocked Novak Djokovic in Madrid to advance to the quarterfinals in 2018.
But things have taken a turn for the worse this year. The Yorkshire-man was at the cusp of breaking into the top-10 barely 12 months ago, but has those hopes flashed in the air like a pipe-dream. He is currrently ranked at No.31 in the world and it is only a minor miracle that he just survived the crisis to get a seeding spot in the main draw.
Edmund lost for the fifth successive time following his three set defeat to Fernando Verdasco at the Italian Open. His clay-court season has grown grimmer as he threw a winning lead against the Spaniard in Rome. That damaging defeat dispels any confidence at all for the British No.1 who is defending third round points in Paris. Edmund is in serious jeopardy of tumbling down the rankings even further if his form continues to stagnate.
‘’Tennis is fickle, it can come and go, it doesn’t take much to turn it. I’m 24 years old, I’m not a junior where you start losing and your head goes down,” Edmund said.
‘’You’ve got to be professional about your job. It’s not like I’m a bad tennis player.’’
Chardy Looks To Pile More Misery To The Out Of Form Brit
On paper, this might have been an intimidating opening round match for the veteran Jeremy Chardy. But given Edmund’s win-less spree (last victory was on 8th April against Ugo Humbert), it does not look so anymore.
Chardy has not fared any better, but his recent run has been decent as compared to the Brit. He registered more wins on the clay, beating the likes of Pablo Carreno Busta, Diego Schwartzman and Albert Ramos Vinolas. He also came within a point of winning his first ever set against Djokovic in Madrid.
The Frenchman is currently ranked at No.40 in the world – and in fairness – he has done reasonably well to maintain a top-50 ranking ever since he broke back into that group at the end of June last year.
Edmund v Chardy Predictions & Tips
Edmund has not been at his vintage best this year and Chardy will fancy his chances especially when he has the partisan crowd on his side. The Frenchman’s biggest strengths are his serve and forehand, and he will need to bring those shots into play to have a chance of upsetting the Brit. However, Edmund is slighly overpriced to win here despite his poor form. He is better at countering Chardy’s groundstrokes particularly from the backhand wing where the Frenchman will struggle.
Tip: Edmund to win: 7/9 (888Sport)