British tennis star Aljaz Bedene heads for Norfolk after missing out on Davis Cup final

Aljaz Bedene is set to play at Easton Tennis Centre. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire.

Aljaz Bedene is set to play at Easton Tennis Centre. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Aljaz Bedene had hoped to be representing Great Britain in the Davis Cup final in Belgium this weekend but instead is set to be competing in Norfolk.

The British number two saw his appeal against his ineligibility for his adopted nation adjourned until March by the International Tennis Federation last week.

So while Andy Murray and his team-mates prepare to try and beat Belgium in Ghent and secure the country's first Davis Cup title since 1936, Bedene will remain at home.

The 26-year-old played in the competition for Slovenia three times before gaining UK citizenship in March.

A Davis Cup rule change now prevents players representing a second country, but the world number 45 – who has lived in the UK since 2008 – appealed on the grounds his passport application was lodged before the rule changed.

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Bedene is now set to compete for Hertfordshire in Men's Group 2A of the Aegon Winter County Cup instead, which is being held at Easton Tennis Centre, on the outskirts of Norwich.

Norfolk's senior teams will also be in County Cup action over the weekend, starting today. The men's team are in Group 2B action in Hull and the women are in Ladies Group 3A competition in Gloucester.

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