Aljaz Bedene Switches Allegiance Back to Slovenia from 2018

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Aljaz Bedene is all set to make the switch over to Slovenia from 2018 onwards. The world number 49 became a British citizen back in 2015 and the switch over to Britain was seen as a major disappointment. However, he is now returning back to Slovenia so as to enable him to feature at the Olympics 2020. The 28-year-old will not be allowed to represent Britain at the Davis Cup or at the Olympics due to the rules of the New International Tennis Federation (ITF). This appears to have been a decisive factor behind this decision. Bedene was at the number two position in Britain, and he says that the opportunity to play at the Davis Cup and Olympics has been a huge draw for him.

Bedene initially thought about representing Great Britain at these tournaments, but the decision of ITF was a major blow. It came at little notice, as ITF does not want players to represent more than a single country. This decision was framed in January 2015. Bedene says that he does not regret moving away from England, as it has been his home for almost a decade. He is also thankful for the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) to have represented his case in terms of the GB Davis Cup eligibility.

LTA was involved in a large amount of legal support in order to help Bedene feature for Britain. Since the player had little to do in terms of reverting the decision of ITF, LTA claimed that they had no regrets about the player’s decision to represent Slovenia.