Wimbledon has Henman Hill, Murray Mount ... could Bedene Brow be next?

WIMBLEDON has already boasted a Henman Hill and a Murray Mount.

Could Bedene Brow come next?

Slovenian born tennis player Aljaz Bedene has had GB next to his name for a month now - and will compete at Wimbledon this summer as a Brit.

And he will warm up for the Championships at Liverpool Cricket Club - at the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament.

Bedene, 25, has already been backed by Andy Murray after taking the Greg Rusedski route into British tennis.

He has been living in England since 2008, had his citizenship request granted last month and is now relishing his first visit to Merseyside.

“I know Liverpool is a big football city,” he said. “But I don’t know much about its tennis history. I have heard that the Liverpool International is a very good tournament, though, and I am excited about playing in it.

“I almost came here two years ago but in the end I was too busy, but I am really excited about coming this time.

“I want to have fun but I also want to play some serious tennis.

“I know Liverpool is a football city, I know was Steven Gerrard’s last match for Liverpool this weekend, but I also hope the fans come and watch some tennis this summer.”

Anyone for tennis? Paris Hilton was at the launch of this year's Liverpool International, with tournament co-ordinator Anders Borg and rising tennis starlet Macy Clarke
Anyone for tennis? Paris Hilton was at the launch of this year's Liverpool International, with tournament co-ordinator Anders Borg and rising tennis starlet Macy Clarke

A young Steven Gerrard presented the trophy to the winner of the very first Liverpool International, Marat Safin, way back in 2002.

He will be otherwise engaged this summer - but another Liverpool icon, European Cup winner Alan Kennedy, has been unveiled as a tournament ambassador.

Steven Gerrard with the very first Liverpool winner Marat Safin in 2002
Steven Gerrard with the very first Liverpool winner Marat Safin in 2002

“I know people say golf is the retired footballer’s sport,” said Kennedy “but not for me.

“I have always played tennis. I still do up in Southport and I love it.

“In fact I’ve just bought a new racquet for this tournament so I hope I get to have a knock.”

Britain’s newest tennis starlet, Aljaz Bedene, is hoping for plenty of grass court exposure in Liverpool.

Currently ranked 74 - he is hoping to be in the world’s top 50 by the year’s end.

Tournament director Anders Borg is thinking even more ambitiously.

“Britain haven’t won the Davis Cup since 1936,” he said “But we’ll be delighted to welcome Aljaz to Liverpool as a true Brit and if he continues to improve, maybe Britain can win it again!”

Aljaz is simply hoping to play Davis Cup tennis in the future, but first he must embrace the grass court season.

“It’s a surface I enjoy,” he said “although I haven’t played a lot on it, which is why I’m looking forward to Liverpool so much.

Aljaz Bedene at the AEGON Championships at The Queen's Club, London.
Aljaz Bedene at the AEGON Championships at The Queen's Club, London.

“I played my first tournament as a British player in Casablanca and I felt proud to see GB next to my name.

“ I have felt British for years and it was nice to read Andy Murray backing me.

“We haven’t had many conversations and have only practised once together, but to have such a great player supporting you can only be good.

“I am looking forward to Liverpool and Wimbledon, and if I play good tennis I am sure the fans will support me.”

The Liverpool International will also feature the Harlem Globetrotter of tennis, Mansour Bahrami, three-time grand slam doubles champion Peter McNamara, five-time champion Anders Jarryd and former British number one Jeremy Bates.

The Liverpool Hope University International Tennis Tournament takes place at Liverpool Cricket Club in Aigburth from June 18-21.

TWENTY-FOUR Liverpool tennis clubs have already started on the road to a place on centre-court at Liverpool Cricket Club.

That’s the prize for semi-finalists and finalists of a Mixed Doubles event launched this month, with the final four pairs enjoying matches played over a Championship tie-break at the Liverpool International.

For tickets please see http://www.liverpooltennis.co.uk .

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