Aljaz Bedene switches allegiance back to Slovenia after short spell as British player
Aljaz Bedene is to swap his allegiance back to Slovenia after two-and-a-half seasons competing as a British player.
The world No 49 is chasing his ambition of competing within the Tokyo Olympics, having mentioned at this yr’s French Open that it was “a dream for every athlete” to play the at Games.
Bedene’s hopes to symbolize Britain within the Olympics or Davis Cup had been dashed by the International Tennis Federation which prevents gamers representing multiple nation.
As such, the player will now return to taking part in for his come nation within the new yr.
He wrote on Facebook: “I would like to share with you that I’ve knowledgeable the ITF (International Tennis Federation) of my intention to symbolize Slovenia, my nation of delivery, from January 1, 2018.
“One of my fundamental objectives for my profession going ahead might be to play within the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. I’ve proudly known as Britain my residence for the final 9 years and so many individuals there have made me really feel welcome each within the UK and overseas.
“I am also particularly grateful for the support the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) has shown me in that time and in fighting my case for the GB Davis Cup eligibility. It was a dream of mine to be able to compete for a country that has given me so much in the Davis Cup.”
Bedene’s return to Slovenia has additionally been made attainable by the latest departure of the nation’s Davis Cup captain, Blaz Trupej, with whom the 28-year-old shared an uneasy relationship.
Bedene, who ranked second to Andy Murray amongst Britain’s skilled gamers, has spent many of the final two months coaching with British coach Nick Cavaday in Ljubljana.
The resolution to swap his allegiances implies that Murray and Kyle Edmund at the moment are the one two Britons throughout the males’s prime 100 when the brand new season will get below means subsequent month.