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  • Aussie Klein switches tennis allegiance to Britain

    5/13/13 5:12 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Aussie Klein switches tennis allegiance to Britain Australian tennis will lose a prospect this month, with Brydan Klein switching citizenship to Britain.

    The father of Bernard Tomic who is facing court this week in Madrid for assault is not the only current worry for Australian tennis. At least one former problem child has quietly taken up British tennis citizenship, with Brydan Klein now set to be come the national number three just in time for the run-up to Wimbledon.

    London's Daily Mail reported that the 24-year-old, who was disciplined four years ago for a racial slur hurled at a South African opponent in the heat of battle in a qualifying round, has switched sides and come "home" to Britain, with his change based upon his mother's English birth.

    The world No. 247 once hit the top 175 and had to endure a six-month suspicion for his outburst four years ago. In addition he was subjected to a politically correct racial tolerance course. He also copped a massive fine of more than $20,000 and had to issue an apology.

    Klein has been basically limited to the lower-level Challenger circuit and was most recently on court Asia. He was listed in a recent event as being British.

    But while British players benefit from mega-perks from the cash-rich LTA, it is expected that Klein will have to prove himself on court before hopping aboard the gravy train. With a Wimbledon first-round loser now earning more for a match than a British nurse on the public health system in a year, wild card applications for Wimbledon are expected to be thoroughly vetted.

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