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The Herald - Herald Sport - - UPDATE -

The Lawn Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion is ready to con­tinue the fight to en­able Al­jaz Be­dene to play for Great Bri­tain in the Davis Cup.

The 26-year-old is barred from rep­re­sent­ing his adopted coun­try be­cause of a rule in­tro­duced in 2015 pre­vent­ing play­ers from com­pet­ing for two dif­fer­ent na­tions.

Be­dene played three dead rub­bers for his na­tive Slove­nia be­tween 2010 and 2012. He had hoped the In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Fed­er­a­tion board would deem his case ex­cep­tional but they up­held the rul­ing of the Davis Cup Com­mit­tee.

The LTA lawyer Stephen Far­row, said: “He is def­i­nitely keen [to carry on] and we are as well be­cause we re­ally be­lieve in him and we re­ally be­lieve the right and fair thing to do is to en­able him to play for Bri­tain.

“He’s got a Bri­tish pass­port, he’s just bought a house with his girl­friend, he’s prob­a­bly go­ing to get mar­ried here. This is his coun­try and it has been for a long pe­riod of time.

“The last thing we want is to have any more un­cer­tainty hang­ing over Al­jaz. It’s dif­fi­cult for him to fo­cus on his ten­nis and we want to try to pro­tect him as much as we can.” Perth’s Eve Muir­head said her los to Swiss skip Binia Feltscher had played on her mind af­ter she crashed out of the World Cham­pi­onships fol­low­ing a 9-4 round-robin de­feat to Canada’s Chelsea Carey in Saskatchewan,

The 2013 gold medal­list had won seven straight matches be­fore blow­ing a 5-1 lead against Feltscher, and a fur­ther de­feat to Ja­pan’s Sat­suki Fu­ji­sawa left Muir­head need­ing to beat Carey to ad­vance to the play-offs. The win­ner-takes-all con­test was tense un­til Carey counted three stones at the fifth end to lead 5-2 and then snuffed out a Scot­tish fight­back with a four at the ninth.

That saw Muir­head fin­ish fifth over­all with seven wins out of 11, and she said: “It’s tough to ac­cept that we’re out, but we lost our last three games, and you just can’t do that at a World Cham­pi­onship. We played well at the start of the week, but the Swiss game has come back to bite us.”

Mean­while, Ed­in­burgh’s re­cent­ly­crowned world ju­nior cham­pion Bruce Mouat made a win­ning start at the Aberdeen In­ter­na­tional yes­ter­day. The 21-year-old counted threes at the third and fifth ends on his way to an 8-2 vic­tory over China’s Jialiang Zang.

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