Ex-Brit Bedene switches back to Slovenia

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LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) Aljaz Bedene is returning to play tennis for his native Slovenia after competing for Britain since 2015.

The 49th-ranked Bedene said Friday he has notified the International Tennis Federation that he will compete for Slovenia as of 2018.

Bedene's decision was prompted by his desire to compete in the Davis Cup and the 2020 Olympics, which he could not do under the British flag after losing an appeal with the ITF.

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