26 Facts About Aljaz Bedene


Aljaz Bedene was born on 18 July 1989 and is a Slovenian former professional tennis player.

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Aljaz Bedene was a naturalised Briton and played with this nationality from 2015 to 2017, returning to represent Slovenia in 2018.

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Aljaz Bedene's highest ranking is No 43 in singles and No 127 in doubles.

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Aljaz Bedene's father, Branko, is a dental industry worker and his mother, Darlen, works for the Ministry of Defence.

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Aljaz Bedene's nickname is Ali or Benke, and he speaks English, Slovenian and Croatian.

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In 2008, Aljaz Bedene made the decision to pursue his tennis career in the UK because he felt it was stagnating under the limitations he encountered in Slovenia.

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Aljaz Bedene has lived in Welwyn Garden City since 2008 with his girlfriend, pop star Kimalie, formerly part of the Slovenian group Foxy Teens.

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Aljaz Bedene is based at the Global Tennis Connections Academy in Gosling.

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In January 2018 Aljaz Bedene began representing his birth nation of Slovenia again.

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Aljaz Bedene reached the second round where he lost in three sets against Tommy Haas.

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Aljaz Bedene made his first ATP quarterfinal appearance at the Erste Bank Open.

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Aljaz Bedene made his top 100 debut at World No 83 on 30 July 2012 following his fourth title at the 2012 ATP China Challenger International.

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Aljaz Bedene said he planned to appeal against a new rule which prevents players from representing more than one country in Davis Cup.

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Aljaz Bedene played three dead rubbers for Slovenia in Davis Cup action in 2010,2011 and 2012.

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Aljaz Bedene's case had been based on his passport application being submitted before the new regulation was implemented.

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The International Tennis Federation decided that Aljaz Bedene was not eligible to represent Great Britain in Davis Cup or the Olympics.

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Aljaz Bedene decided to consider seeking a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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Aljaz Bedene progressed to the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time, where he was beaten by Novak Djokovic.

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In March, Aljaz Bedene won the Irving Tennis Classic, defeating Mikhail Kukushkin in the final in three sets, before going on in April to win the 2017 Verrazzano Open defeating Benoit Paire in two sets in the final and then the 2017 Open Citta della Disfida defeating Gastao Elias, in two sets.

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Aljaz Bedene started his 2021 season at the first edition of the Great Ocean Road Open.

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Aljaz Bedene was eliminated in the second round by Egor Gerasimov.

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Aljaz Bedene lost in the second round of the Miami Open to 28th seed Kei Nishikori.

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However, due to the withdrawal of Casper Ruud, Aljaz Bedene received entry into the main draw as a lucky loser.

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Aljaz Bedene was beaten in the first round by Jan-Lennard Struff.

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Aljaz Bedene lost in the quarterfinals to Italian rising star Lorenzo Musetti.

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Aljaz Bedene announced that he will retire at the end of the season after the Slovenia's Davis Cup tie to become a soccer agent.

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