- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 23, 2011

LONDON (AP) - The head of British tennis says he is hopeful that a change in tax laws will stop international sports stars from turning their backs on competing in Britain.

Second-ranked Rafael Nadal has chosen not to compete at the pre-Wimbledon Queen’s tournament next year because he will “lose money.” Olympic champion Usain Bolt does not compete in Britain because of the law.

Overseas athletes are taxed on prize money and appearance fees in Britain, along with a portion of their worldwide endorsement earnings.

Chief executive Roger Draper says the Lawn Tennis Association is lobbying the government and is “very hopeful” a tax exemption will be included in the next budget statement in March.

Competitors at the London Olympics have been granted an exemption.

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