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Bedene to switch from Britain back to Slovenia

Aljaz Bedene's switch leaves Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund as the only Britons in the men's top 100Aljaz Bedene is to switch his allegiance back to Slovenia despite becoming a British citizen in 2015.
The world number 49 will play for the country of his birth again next year in order to compete at the 2020 Olympics.
New International Tennis Federation (ITF) rules mean he is not permitted to play for Britain in the Olympics or Davis Cup.
Bedene, 28, who was British number two, said he does not want to miss out on “two events that mean so much to me”.
His plans to represent Great Britain were thwarted by the ITF's decision, with little notice, to prevent players representing more than one country from January 2015.
“I have proudly called Britain my home for the last nine years and so many people there have made me feel welcome both in the UK and abroad,” Bedene said in a statement on Friday.
“I am also particularly grateful for the support the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) ..

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Roger Federer wins 2017 BBC Overseas Sports Personality award for record fourth time

BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017Date: Sunday, 17 December Time: 18:45 GMT Venue: Echo Arena, Liverpool Coverage: BBC One, Radio 5 live, BBC Sport websiteTennis star Roger Federer has won the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year for a record fourth time after a public vote.
The 36-year-old Swiss topped the poll ahead of five other shortlisted nominees.
Federer became the first man to win Wimbledon eight times and extended his record to 19 Grand Slam titles in 2017.
Boxer Muhammad Ali and athlete Usain Bolt are the only other people to have won the BBC award three times.
Federer said: “It makes me incredibly proud that the UK public have chosen me as the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year.
“The support that the UK crowds give me whenever I'm here is amazing, and to be recognised on the shortlist alongside some of the greatest sportspeople of all time is extremely humbling.”
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Jocelyn Rae: British Fed Cup player retires, aged 26

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Jocelyn Rae: British Fed Cup player announces retirement British Fed Cup doubles player Jocelyn Rae has retired from professional tennis at the age of 26.
Rae helped Great Britain reach the World Group II play-off earlier this year, teaming up with Laura Robson.
She won Commonwealth Games gold for Scotland with Colin Fleming in 2010 and secured 23 titles on the International Tennis Federation circuit.
“I have thought about it on and off for a while,” she told BBC East Midlands Today.
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Is this the 'shot of the century' from GB's Rae? “I think most professional athletes have it in the back of the mind: 'Is this lifestyle what I want?'”
Rae was first called up to the GB Fed Cup team in 2011, before she suffered a foot injury which caused her to missed two years and stop playing singles.
But she featured in the Fed Cup every year from 2014 to 2017, reaching a career-h..

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Australian Open: Former champion Victoria Azarenka awarded wildcard

Azarenka lost in straight sets to Simona Halep in the fourth round of Wimbledon in her last appearance on tourFormer world number one and two-time champion Victoria Azarenka has been given an Australian Open wildcard.
The 28-year-old pulled out of the US Open and Belarus' Davis Cup final earlier this year because of a custody dispute over her young son.
“Vika's current situation is obviously very difficult for her. We have reached out to offer any support we can,” said tournament director Craig Tiley.
Azarenka is ranked 201 in the world and has not played since Wimbledon.
The champion in 2012 and 2013 at Melbourne Park, Azarenka has claimed that a judge in California has not allowed her to travel outside of California with 11-month old Leo while a legal case is ongoing.
“I'm so excited about coming back to Melbourne for the Australian Open, it's my favourite tournament,” Azarenka said.
“I've won there twice and always feel so comfortable on court and the cit..

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Wheelchair tennis: Stephane Houdet wants Paralympic sport to become Olympic event

Stephane Houdet hopes to win his 21st Grand Slam title on Saturday in the US Open men's wheelchair doublesFormer world number one Stephane Houdet is pushing for able-bodied athletes to be allowed to compete in wheelchair tennis in the hope it can become an Olympic event.
Houdet has already discussed his proposal with other top male players and disability sports officials.
The 46-year-old wants the sport to be the first to make the transition from the Paralympics to the Olympics.
“It's about inclusion and taking the sport to the next level,” he said.
“Wheelchair tennis is among the best wheelchair sports professionally, and right now we are in the locker rooms at the US Open with all the other players.
“What we are is grouped relating to who you are and how you are. Why can't we go further together?”
Rules for both wheelchair tennis and the running game are almost identical. The major difference is that two bounces are allowed in wheelchair tennis before the ball is ret..

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