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Roger Federer gives first glimpse of clay-court preparation as Kyle Edmund suffers Monte Carlo collapse

Kyle Edmund lost

Kyle Edmund went out in Monte Carlo (Picture: Getty Images)

Roger Federers clay-court preparation appears to be underway after the Swiss maestro posted a picture of himself on the dirt.

The 37-year-old will make his first appearance on clay for three years at the Madrid Masters next month, while he will compete at the French Open for the first time since 2015.

His upcoming return has been much discussed at the first Masters 1000 event in Monte Carlo and Federer has now whetted the appetite of his fans with a snap on Instagram.

Clay court swing, the caption read, along with the hashtag #timetogrind.

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While Federer will hope for a seamless start to life back on the clay, that has not been the case for British No. 1 Kyle Edmund.

The 24-year-old has now lost two of his opening three matches on the crushed brick, this time suffering a remarkable collapse against Argentinas Diego Schwartzman.

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A set and 3-0 up, Edmund lost nine games in a row to see the match flip on its head as he went down 6-4 3-6 3-6 to the world No. 24.

His serve was particularly poor – hitting no aces and four double faults – as Schwartzman set up 16 break chances, converting seven times.

Schwartzman won

Schwartzman came through (Picture: Getty Images)

He was playing how hes always playing, making lots of balls, the Yorkshireman said. Doing basics very well, very tough to hit through.

I definitely made a bit more mistakes, won some longer rallies in the first set and had good momentum from the strat of the second set but the momentum swung in his favour through towards the end of the match. Did my best to try and break it in the third but at that point I couldnt get it back, even though I tried.

Edmund will face Schwartzman again on Tuesday, this time in the doubles, while British No. 2 Cam Norrie begins his singles quest against Frances Adrian Mannarino.

In better news for British tennis, Andy Murray posted a picture of him showing off his golf swing on Instagram.

Played my first round of golf for six years yesterday… pain free, he wrote before giving his hip resurfacing operation a thumbs up.

Andy Murray played golf

Murray hit the golf course (Picture: Andy Murray/Instagram)

Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) chief Scott Lloyd, meanwhile, launched a blog on Monday afternoon, designed to keep members of the British public up to date with goings on in the governing body. Its understood Lloyd will provide updates at least once a month.

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Inside his first offering, there was confirmation that a Challenger event will take place in Glasgow in September.

Scott Lloyd has launched a new blog

Lloyd has started a blog (Picture: LTA)

A tournament at that level was launched at the Scotstoun Sports Campus in April last year – with the main purpose being to provide match play for Andy Murrays attempted comeback, although he never actually made it – but it has been switched until later in the season, with LTA bosses hoping to maintain a steadier stream of top-level tennis throughout the year as they look to move away from the common misconception that tennis is only played in summertime – a problem attributed to the Wimbledon-centric view of the sport in this country.

Plans had been afoot to add this Challenger event, which will offer £60,000 in prize money, for several months and Jamie Murrays confirmed participation can perhaps be seen as a bit of an olive branch after the recent public row with the Murray family following a failure to includeRead More – Source