Kyle Edmund pulls out of Argentina Open due to illness

Kyle Edmund has been forced to pull out of this week's Argentina Open in Buenos Aires because of illness.

After not playing in Britain's Davis Cup loss to Spain as he recovered from his heroics at the Australian Open, Edmund was scheduled to play for the first time since reaching the semi-finals in Melbourne.

But a throat infection saw him withdraw ahead of a scheduled first-round clash with Roberto Carballes Baena on Tuesday.

British No 2 Kyle Edmund has pulled out of the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires due to illness

British No 2 Kyle Edmund has pulled out of the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires due to illness

Edmund is expected to be fit for next week's Rio Open, where a run to the final would see the world No 26 overtake Andy Murray to become British No 1 for the first time.

The change is guaranteed to happen anyway on March 5 after Murray's points for winning last year's Dubai Championships come off.

Murray recently dropped below the top 20 in the ATP rankings for the first time in 10 years.

The Scot, who is battling hip problems, has not played a competitive match since losing to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon in July.

Edmund watched Great Britain's Davis Cup loss to Spain from the sidelines earlier this month

Edmund watched Great Britain's Davis Cup loss to Spain from the sidelines earlier this month