|Ajla Tomljanović Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 11 in|
|Date of Birth||May 7, 1993|
Ajla Tomljanović is an Australian professional tennis player who is adept at both the singles and the doubles formats of the sport having been rated as high as world number 38 in singles in February 2022 and world number 47 in doubles in January 2015, as per the official WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) rankings. At Grand Slam tournaments, in the singles format, she reached the quarter-final of the Wimbledon Championships in both 2021 and 2022; and the 4th round of the French Open in 2014. At Grand Slam tournaments, in the doubles format, she reached the quarter-final of the Australian Open in 2014.
She splits her time between Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, Florida, United States, and Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Professional Tennis Player
- Father – Ratko Tomljanović (Former Professional Handball Player, Winner of the European Cup (Europe’s premier club handball tournament) in 1991–92 with RK Zagreb and 1992–93 with Badel 1862 Zagreb)
- Mother – Emina Tomljanović
- Siblings – Hana Tomljanović (Older Sister) (Former University-Level Tennis Player)
Right-Handed (Two-Handed Backhand)
5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm
67 kg or 147.5 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Ajla has dated –
Race / Ethnicity
She is of Croatian descent on her father’s side and Bosnian descent on her mother’s side.
- Toned physique
- Center-parted, shoulder-length, straight hair
- Charming smile
- Radiant face
- Has a mole on her neck
Ajla has been sponsored by –
- Original Penguin (American clothing line)
- Wilson Sporting Goods (American sports equipment manufacturer)
- Nike, Inc. (American footwear, apparel, and sports equipment brand)
- K-Swiss, Inc. (American footwear brand)
Ajla Tomljanović Favorite Things
- Tennis Shot – Backhand
- Tennis Surface – Hard
- Movie – The Hangover (2009)
- Actor – Brad Pitt
- Music Genre – Hip Hop
- Musical Artist – Rihanna
- City – Charlotte (North Carolina)
- Sports – Tennis, Basketball
Source – WTA Tennis
Ajla Tomljanović Facts
- Ajla started playing tennis when she was 6 years old after she was introduced to the sport by her older sister Hana. She had moved to Florida for further training at the age of 13.
- At the youth tier, she had reached a peak world ranking of number 4 (in March 2009) and had clinched the 2009 Australian Open title in the girls’ doubles event.
- After turning professional in December 2009, Ajla represented Croatia, her country of birth. She began representing Australia in Grand Slam tournaments at the 2014 US Open after she had attained permanent residency in Australia.
- However, she was still required to represent Croatia at all events other than Grand Slam tournaments (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon Championships, US Open) until she was granted Australian citizenship in January 2018. Thereafter, she could turn out for Australia at any event on the WTA Tour.
- She was forced to miss most of the 2012 season due to mononucleosis (an infection usually caused by the Epstein–Barr virus (EBV) that often results in fever, sore throat, enlarged lymph nodes in the neck, and tiredness).
- Her breakthrough performance came at the 2014 French Open where she shocked 2010 French Open champion (singles), Francesca Schiavone, in the first round. In the next match, she managed to upset 32nd seed and 2013 French Open champion (doubles) Elena Vesnina in straight sets.
- Her fairytale run in the tournament continued in the 3rd round where she overcame the 3rd seed and then world number 3 Agnieszka Radwańska in straight sets. This was her first career win over a player ranked in the ‘Top 10’ of the official WTA singles rankings.
- This win helped her advance to the 4th round of the singles event of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career. There, her streak came to an end when she lost to 14th seed Carla Suárez Navarro. Her performances in the tournament had improved her world ranking from 72 to 51.
- In February 2016, Ajla had to undergo shoulder surgery which sidelined her for the rest of the season. Consequently, she ended the season ranked 930 in the world. She returned to competitive action in February 2017 at the Mexican Open where she upset 6th seed, Eugenie Bouchard, in the first round.
- However, she was forced to retire midway through the next match due to a right shoulder injury. Although the rest of her season was plagued by injuries, she managed to end it ranked 151st in the world.
- At the 2021 Wimbledon Championships, she reached the quarter-final of the singles event of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career. Her run was ended there by compatriot, the top seed, and eventual champion, Ashleigh Barty.
- The 2022 Wimbledon Championships brought a rather remarkable sense of déjà vu for Ajla. Unseeded, just like in the 2021 edition of the tournament, she made it to the quarter-final stage again where she was again defeated by the eventual champion – Elena Rybakina.
- A polyglot, she is fluent in Croatian, English, and German.
- Her pet peeve is loud chewing.
- In January 2023, Ajla had pulled herself out from the Australian Open 2023 due to a knee injury.
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