Novak Djokovic backs GB bid of Australian Open opponent Aljaz Bedene

• World No1 Djokovic backs players being able to change nationality
• Bedene from Slovenia is hoping to represent Great Britain

Novak Djokovic was a teenager making inroads into the upper reaches of the rankings when the Lawn Tennis Association tried to persuade his family to leave the lingering turmoil in what was still Serbia and Montenegro and bring their talented son into the welcoming, desperate arms of the ailing British scene.

Montenegro voted for independence in 2006, the Djokovic family resolved to remain in Serbia rather than take up British citizenship and the grand plan of the LTA’s chief executive at the time, Roger Draper, which had been ongoing secretly for some time, came to nothing. Yet how different the course of both the game in Britain and the career of this proudest of Serbians might have been had that blatant piece of poaching succeeded.

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