Aljaz Bedene has GB Davis Cup appeal turned down

PUBLISHED: 17:28 23 March 2016 | UPDATED: 17:31 23 March 2016

Aljaz Bedene (British number 2)

Aljaz Bedene (British number 2)

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Welwyn Garden City tennis star Aljaz Bedene will not be able to represent Great Britain in the Davis Cup.

The Slovenia-born 26-year-old, who has British citizenship and has lived in Hertfordshire since 2008, appealed against a decision to deny him eligibility to represent GB in the Davis Cup, however his bid has been turned down by the International Tennis Federation after a meeting in Moldova on Sunday.

Bedene has previously played Davis Cup matches for Slovenia.

The Gosling Tennis Academy-trained player, who is British number two behind Andy Murray, said: “I am very sad with today’s result and that it has not gone the way I had hoped.

“I would like to thank all the fans, my team and the LTA for continuing to support me all the way. I will have to assess my situation now before I decide on what steps to take next.”

The LTA’s chief executive, Michael Downey, said: “We are very disappointed for Aljaz and with the outcome of the appeal hearing on Sunday.

“The LTA has fully supported him in his endeavour to represent the country he rightfully and proudly calls home.

“In terms of next steps, we will consider the options and continue to consult with Aljaz.”

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