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Professional Tennis Player
Aljaž started tennis at the age of six, playing with a racket in his living room. Together with his twin brother Andraž, they build their own tennis court out of daddy’s briefcase and some other equipment, like picnic racquets and stuffed ball.
As a kid, Aljaž was not only attracted to tennis but also to ski jumping, but finally decided for tennis. His family said he decided correctly, because it would have been a shame to lose such fast legs for ski jumping. His tennis idol is Fernando Gonzales, because he loves his forehand. He admires other player’s qualities like Murray’s great anticipation, Federer’s perfect slice, Nadal’s relentlessness and Djokovic’s persistence.
- Aljaž played on his first ATP tournament in the 2011 in the 2011 Erste Bank Open in Vienna. This year he lost in second round, but managed to get to the quarterfinal the next year.
- In 2012, he won 4 Challenger tournaments and got firmly in to the top 100, but his biggest results on the ATP tour came in 2013.
- Bedene first broke into the world’s top 100 at the age of 23.
- He is Britain’s second best tennis player after Andy Murray.
- Aljaz entered top 50 for the first time in 2015, and is considered to a top-20 prospect by many.
- He has won five Futures and nine Challenger singles titles in singles one Challenger title and two Futures titles in doubles.
- Bedene is right handed and has a two-handed backhand.
- This year his highest ranking is no. 45 in singles (achieved on 16 November 2015).
- His biggest result so far was semi-final at the ATP tournament in Chennai, India.
- He has beat top ranked players like Gilles Simon, Bautista Agut, Dominic Thiem and Feliciano Lopez.
2016 ambition: To continue improving his ability and become the best player he can be. He definitely believes he can be a top 20 player.