When Kyle Edmund walks on court on Tuesday as British No 1 at Wimbledon, he will sense the history and reflect on how far he has come.
His earliest memory of SW19 is Tim Henman swinging his way into the semi-finals with a black and bronze Slazenger racket.
Back then, this humble boy from Beverley in Yorkshire never thought he would compete on such a stage, let alone as Britain’s top-ranking male.
British No 1 Kyle Edmund is determined to make a major impact at Wimbledon this year
Yet now Edmund feels the time has come to write his own chapter in the sport’s history books, especially given Andy Murray’s withdrawal on Sunday.
‘The responsibility and attention you have being British No 1 at Wimbledon, it’s something I’ve grown into,’ Edmund says.
‘I had more ambition as I got older. Wimbledon is pretty much the home of tennis. It’s like the Masters in golf. It’s the one everyone wants to win, especially being British. It definitely has that presence. It’s hard to describe. You have that sometimes when you meet people. As they walk into a room, you can really sense just what they’re about.
‘Wimbledon has that feel about it as a place. You know you’re at something special. It would be great to do well there and be in the Wimbledon books. That is always the goal.’
Edmund feels the time has come to write his own chapter in the sport’s history books
Edmund reached his first Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open in