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Former Aus tennis star Klein pledges allegiance to Britain

CHANGING allegiances from Australia to Britain hasn't helped Brydan Klein in his quest to qualify for the French Open.

Born and raised in Western Australia, the 23-year-old announced last month that he was switching his nationality to Britain and would be playing under that flag.

The move will make the world No. 241 the third-highest ranked British player behind Andy Murray and James Ward.

Murray yesterday confirmed he would miss the French Open due to an ongoing back problem.

Klein, the 2007 Australian Open junior champion, has been playing largely on the ATP Futures circuit this year.

He was beaten in the first round of French Open qualifying 7-6 6-3 by Frenchman Mathias Bourque.

Five Australian players earned a place in the qualifying draw, with James Duckworth, Matthew Ebden and Matt Reid making it through to the second round.

Duckworth beat fellow Aussie Alex Bolt 6-3 7-6, Ebden beat Russia's Konstantin Kravchuk 7-6 6-7 6-4, Reid downed Italian Gianluca Naso 6-4 and 6-4 and Matthew Barton lost 6-2 6-3 to China's Di Wu.



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