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Slovenian-born Aljaz Bedene has been causing a stir recently on the tennis circuit, in particular, the Davis Cup.

The men’s championship tournament, which began officially on March 6, has been the subject of controversy recently for Bedene, particularly where his nationality is concerned. Though he was born in Slovenia, he is recognised as a British native, and has lived officially in the United Kingdom since 2008.

On March 26, Bedene was officially granted a British passport, and as such the 25-year-old is now looking to appeal a new rule which has recently been brought into the Davis Cup tournament. The new rules, as established by the International Tennis Federation at the start of 2015, state that players can not represent more than one country.

If Bedene’s appeal is not successful, he could miss the opportunity to represent Great Britain in the Davis Cup or even the Olympics.

Previously, he has represented Slovenia in the Davis Cup on three occasions, but now has set his sights on representing Great Britain in line with the changes to his citizenship. His recent application for a British passport was boosted by legal support from the Lawn Tennis Association, and reports by the BBC claim that he could compete for the nation as long as he has submitted his new passport details.

Bedene is currently No.83 in the world rankings, after rising up from position 145. Aside from a shaky defeat to Stan Wawrinka in January, he has had a good start to 2015, having won the recent Challenger event in Texas. Though he still has a way to go before he reaches his career high No.71, which he reached in February 2013, he’s certainly shown improvement after a year of injuries in 2014.

While we’re still awaiting the results of his appeal, there are those who are not so keen on the idea of Bedene representing more than one country. In 2014, British No.2 Dan Evans had his two cents on the subject, saying: “I have nothing against him; I just wouldn’t do it personally. He’s a nice guy.

“He’s played Davis Cup for a different country. I just don’t think it would be right if he played David Cup for our country – and I am a better player than him, too.”

Could these be the words of somebody who is threatened? We’ve still a few months until the end of the Davis Cup, and it will certainly be interesting to see how it pans out.