Kyle Edmund is proud to have become Britain's top-ranked tennis player but the 23-year-old says he would have preferred to have beaten Andy Murray fair and square for the honor rather than inherit it from the injured Scot.
While a hip issue has kept Murray on the sidelines since Wimbledon last year, Edmund progressed to his first Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open in January and has risen to a career-high 24th in the latest ATP rankings released Monday.
Three-times Grand Slam winner Murray, who took over as Britain's No.1 in 2006, has slipped to 29th in the world.
"As proud as I am, I would have been much happier had Andy stayed healthy and occupied his place at the very top where he belongs," Edmund told British media.
"It is humbling to become the British No.1 and perhaps unwittingly, as Andy has dropped down in rankings due to his injury.
"I'm wishing Andy a speedy recovery and I hope to battle it out with him in a more legitimate fashion in years to come."
Edmund, who has not played since January after a hip injury in Melbourne, returned on tour to play the Masters 1,000 event in Indian Wells, which began Monday.
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