Tennis - Slovenia’s Bedene to make Great Britain switch

Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene is set to switch his allegiance to Great Britain and could feature in next year’s Davis Cup.

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Tennis - Slovenia’s Bedene to make Great Britain switch
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Aljaz Bedene (Reuters)

The 24-year-old moved to the United Kingdom in March 2008 and has since applied for a British passport.

If Bedene’s application is successful then he will be eligible to feature for Great Britain in the Davis Cup any time after February 2015, which would be just in time for the first-round World Group tie in March.

However, there could be a potential spanner in the works for Bedene’s hopes, with Andy Murray – a potential future teammate – expected to have the final say on the Slovenian’s participation.

It is believed that, should the reigning Wimbledon champion be unhappy at playing alongside a man who hails from another country, then Bedene will not be considered by GB’s Davis Cup captain Leon Smith.

But Smith could be wise to select Bedene for future fixtures, with the 24-year-old – who has a highest ranking of 71 – preferring to play his tennis on clay, which is the go-to surface for any team awarded a home tie against GB.

Should Bedene’s application for a British passport be a success then it will provide a shake-up in Britain’s Davis Cup squad, with competition for the second singles spot hotting up. James Ward and Dan Evans are the two currently vying for chance to feature alongside Murray, but Bedene would provide stiff competition for the pair.

However, Birmingham-born Evans, who is no stranger to controversy, expressed his opinion on the subject, stating that he doesn’t believe Bedene should be allowed to switch allegiance.

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