British tennis star Kyle Edmund shares the devastating damage Storm Eunice caused to a luxury home
Storm Eunice took no prisoners as it caused carnage across Britain on Friday, as tennis player Kyle Edmund found out the hard way.
Three people in the UK died in what turned out to be one of the worst storms to hit these shores in decades.
Fierce winds downed trees and sheds, sent debris flying and left a woman in her 30s in London, a man in his 20s in Hampshire and a man in his 50s in London dead. Merseyside.
A 122mph gust on the Isle of Wight set an interim record in England, while the storm closed schools, leisure centres, disrupted travel and ripped roofs off.
Around 400,000 homes were also without power Friday night.
And Edmund, 27, was one of many caught in the damage. Still on the comeback trail after the chronic knee problems that ruined his 2021 campaign, his home is also in dire need of recovery time.
The 2018 Australian Open semi-finalist took to Instagram to show how the storm had impacted his humble abode, and it wasn’t a pretty sight.
A large tree lay on the roof, and while it’s unclear whether it was the impact of that or the 100+ mph winds, a load of slates lay broken on the ground to the side of the House.
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The gutters had also been dislodged, leaving the star facing inevitably hefty repair bills.
If there was any consolation, it was that the garden furniture, remarkably, appeared to have remained in its original position.
Edmund, who in 2015 helped end Britain’s 79-year wait to win the Davis Cup, summed up the scene with a simple crying emoji and the word “Eunice”.
The South African-born player moved to Yorkshire when he was just three years old and had two junior Grand Slam doubles titles to his name before turning professional.
It was 2018 that undoubtedly proved his breakthrough year, and in addition to his exploits in Melbourne, he also reached the third round at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, and won his first ATP Tour title at Antwerp.
He also became Britain’s No. 1 and achieved a career-high world ranking of 14.
He has since added a second tournament win to his name, winning at the 2020 New York Open.