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Aussie-born Klein completes GB switch

ESPN staff
May 13, 2013
Brydan Klein was banned in 2009 for a racist outburst at an opponent © PA Photos

Brydan Klein has shifted his allegiance from Australia to be installed as the British No.3 behind Andy Murray and James Ward.

The world No. 247, who will leave Western Australia to base himself in the UK, has been ranked as high as No. 175 in the ATP rankings but has also courted controversy during his career.

Klein was fined $24,000 and suspended for six months after racially abusing South Africa's Raven Klaasen during a bad-tempered qualifying match at the AEGON International at Eastbourne in 2009.

The Perth-born 23-year-old is a former Australian Open junior champion and qualifies for British nationality through his mother, who was born in Manchester.

"We were informed several weeks ago that he intended to switch his nationality through the International Tennis Federation," a Lawn Tennis Association spokesperson said on Sunday.

"We understand that he will basing himself in the UK from now on."

Currently playing a Challenger event in Korea, Klein is now listed as a British player by the ATP World Tour and the ITF.

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