LONG Wittenham's Alexis Canter is inspired by the rapid rise of Kyle Edmund in the men's game, writes JACK JOHNSON.

The 18-year-old, 62 on the ITF Juniors rankings, often trains alongside the British No 2 at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton.

Edmund, 21, made the headlines at the weekend by winning both his singles rubbers to lead Great Britain, in the absence of Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, to victory over Serbia in the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup.

The Johannesburg-born player, who moved to Beverley, East Yorkshire, when he was three, won two grand slam doubles titles as a junior.

And he helped Leon Smith's side clinch the Davis Cup for the first time since 1936 last year.

Canter, in his last year as a junior, admits he has been trying to learn from the 21-year-old, who has risen from outside the top 200 on the ATP World Tour to 68th in less than two years.

"Kyle Edmund trains at Roehampton a lot," said the Oxfordshire No 1, who will play full-time on the men's tour next year.

"Watching him over the years, I definitely see inspiration.

"I see what he does and what I will need to do to beat the better players like him."