Aljaz Bedene, born in Slovenia, is still battling for his rights to play for team GB in the Davis Cup, but just over a month ago his latest attempt to overturn his ban on representing team GB was yet again rejected. His problem is that he has represented Slovenia in three Davis cup rubbers before he gained his British citizenship. I expect him to continue to fight this ban and hopefully he will eventually win an appeal as he will be a great asset to the team.
That aside, Bedene has just defeated Portuguese Gastao Elias in the final of the Barletta Challenger to record back-to-back clay court titles after beating Benoit Paire in the final of the Sophia Antipolis Challenger. What’s more, Bedene has only dropped one set on his favourite surface since the disappointing news just over a month ago.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Bedene will be competing at this year’s ATP Monte Carlo Rolex Masters. However, this gives him extra time to practice and acclimatise to the conditions in Barcelona which starts on the 24th April, giving him a head start on most other players.