Britain’s Bedene knocked out in French Open second round

World number 52 Aljaz Bedene is ranked five places above his Czech opponent in the world
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Venue: Roland Garros, Paris Dates: 28 May- 11 June
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British number three Aljaz Bedene has been knocked out of the French Open with a 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-3 defeat by Jiri Vesely in the second round.

The defeat in two hours 52 minutes comes two days after Bedene said he is considering switching his allegiance back to his native Slovenia.

The world number 52 started sloppily and while he was able to win the third set, had no answer to the tall Czech.

Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund are now the only Britons left in the tournament.

The pair played out a 13-minute final game, but Vesely went through when Bedene hooked a cross-court shot narrowly wide.

Bedene became a British citizen in 2015 but has been unable to overturn a ban preventing him from representing Great Britain in the Davis Cup.

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After his first-round win on Monday, the 27-year-old said he hopes to play at the Olympics and to do so players must be available for the Davis Cup.

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