Both Kyle Edmund and Cameron Norrie have successfully returned to the tour after a couple of weeks off following the Australian Open, with first round wins at the New York Open on a day which saw the former champion Kevin Anderson eliminated.
Seeded eight, Edmund, scored a confident 7-5 6-4 victory over Yasutaka Uchiyama winning 86 per cent of his first serves during the 104-minute match.
It wasn’t until the 12th game of the first set that Edmund made the breakthrough which he carried into the second set capturing his opponent’s serve in the fourth and tenth game with Uchiyama securing just one break in the fifth.
Up next for Edmund is Germany’s Dominik Koepfer, last year’s runner-up, who beat Canada’s Braydon Schnur 7-5 6-4 to progress into round two.
Meanwhile Cameron Norrie, seeded seven, advanced in straight sets but t wasn’t as easy going as his compatriot’s win as he found himself trailing 2-4 in the opening set to the wildcarded American, Brian Shi.
But he recovered well to storm past his opponent 7-5 6-3 for a place in the last 16 where the world No.131 Jason Jung, a confident qualifier from Taipei, awaits after taking out South Africa’s top player and two time grand slam finalist, Kevin Anderson 7-6(6) 6-4.