Kyle Edmund has been picked by Bjorn Borg to play for Europe’s Laver Cup team next month.
The British No.1 was earlier this week named as the No.16 seed for the final Grand Slam of the season at the US Open in New York.
And the Australian Open semi-finalist’s rising profile in the game has earned him a place alongside Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to play the Rest of the World in the second Ryder Cup-style in Chicago.
Edmund said: “This is an extraordinary opportunity and I can’t wait to join all these great players in Team Europe at the Laver Cup in Chicago. It’s a huge honour.
“Tennis is such an individual sport so it’s always very special to have the chance to play as part of a team. I watched the Laver Cup on TV last year and the atmosphere in Prague was amazing.”
The first five team members qualified based on their post-Wimbledon world rankings with team captains Borg and John McEnroe adding a wildcard.
The Swedish legend said: “Kyle is an outstanding young player who’s achieved some great results and big wins over top players. I’m also impressed with his meticulous and methodical approach to the sport and believe he will be a great fit with the team.”
McEnroe picked his fellow American Jack Sock to play in Chicago. “He’s the best doubles player in the world,” McEnroe claimed. “He’s a great team player.”
The Laver Cup started last year but will face future competition from two new-look team events on the tennis calendar.
The Davis Cup finals will be staged as a week-long event from November 2019 and the ATP is launching a new World Team Cup in Australia in January 2020.
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