Dan Evans stokes British nationality row with Aljaz Bedene: 'I'm No. 3'

Solenn Plantier
Mai 15, 2017

It is not the first time Evans has spoken out against Bedene's switch, with the player previously saying - before the change of allegiance was confirmed - Bedene should not be allowed to represent Britain in the Davis Cup.

"I think he did it because obviously it's a great country to be from commercially, for the finance and I don't blame him", said Evans.

"Whoever runs the LTA Twitter feed doesn't like me and likes Aljaz".

Bedene, who has represented Slovenia in three ties, had an attempt to overturn his ban and play for Britain rejected by an arbitration hearing in March.

Dan Evans says that it "doesn't sit well" that Aljaz Bedene is now regarded as the British number three. I don't want them to tweet me yet I'm as English as pretty much can be. When told he was the British No4, Evans asked: "Fourth?".

On the day that Evans dropped seven places in the world rankings to No 58, allowing Bedene to become the third-best British male player on the updated list at No 56, Evans, 26, from Solihull, reiterated his controversial beliefs.

When reminded he was behind Bedene, he added: "Oh, so I'm third". It's nothing against Aljaz.

Evans was knocked out of the Mutua Madrid Open in the first round yesterday thanks to a straight-sets defeat by Dutchman Robin Haase.

Evans was defeated 7-5, 6-2 to world No45 Haase on the clay of Madrid in a showdown which lasted just 80 minutes.

"Today I felt better and was able to train well for two hours".

Gilles Simon saved two match points to beat fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils 0-6, 6-0, 7-6.

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