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American Alex Bogomolov Jr. says he wants to play Davis Cup for Russia
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) ' American tennis player Alex Bogomolov Jr. said Tuesday he wants to play David Cup for Russia in February.
The 28-year-old Bogomolov Jr. was born in Moscow but moved to Mexico with his family when he was 9 and to the United States in 1992. At No. 36, he's the fourth-highest ranked American but has never represented the United States in Davis Cup since turning pro in 2002.
His father, Alex Bogomolov, is a renowned tennis coach in the former Soviet Union, who coached Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Andrei Medvedev among others.
"It was my dream (to play for Russia) and I want to finish my career playing for Russia," Bogomolov Jr. said after winning his first-round match at the St. Petersburg Open.
Russia plays Austria in the first round of the Davis Cup on Feb. 10-12. Bogomolov Jr. has dual citizenship in the United States and Russia.
Davis Cup rules state that if a player is eligible to represent more than one country, the national association that wants to select him must apply to the International Tennis Federation six months before the match and await a ruling from the Davis Cup Committee.