Australian tennis sensation Ajla Tomljanovic, who endured a prolonged absence from the court in the 2023 season due to a persistent knee injury, is brimming with enthusiasm as she anticipates her return to the tennis spotlight at the 2024 Australian Open – her home slam.
Tomljanovic’s Road to Redemption
Commencing the 2022-23 United Cup, Tomljanovic faced adversity, compelled to withdraw from the tournament due to knee injury concerns. This setback led to her absence from the entire first half of the 2023 season, including three of the four Grand Slam tournaments.
Despite a premature exit at the 2023 US Open, followed by a first-round departure at the Guadalajara Open, Tomljanovic found solace in winning the title at the WTA 125 event in Brazil. Now, as she returns to the United Cup, the Australian tennis star is optimistic about turning her fortunes around.
“I feel like I’ve had a few heartbreaking moments in my career here [Australia], but it’s always the one I look forward to coming back to the most. It’s the best feeling, being back here. Memories from last year aren’t so fun, so to come back here and actually be able to experience center court and hitting, it feels so good.”
Tomljanovic’s Quest to Overcome Past Challenges
Reflecting on her past struggles in Australia, Ajla Tomljanovic expressed her determination to break the perceived jinx this time. The Croatia-born tennis ace acknowledged the valuable introspection time, which played a pivotal role in regaining the self-confidence necessary to compete at the highest level.
Addressing the self-doubts that crept in after a series of setbacks, Tomljanovic confessed to questioning her abilities and momentarily losing hope of a successful comeback. However, drawing inspiration from her stellar performances in 2022, the Australian athlete reinstated her self-belief and emphasized her heightened hunger for success at the highest level.
“The fact that I am back to feeling pretty good, and there’s still a lot to improve on, especially my movement and things, but at the same time I feel like I can play a high level with what I’ve got, which gets me excited. Hopefully, that perspective can maybe help me turn around my bad juju from my Aussie summers these past few years.”
Team Australia’s Lineup for Perth Competition
Ajla Tomljanovic has been selected to represent Team Australia, alongside fellow athletes Storm Hunter, Ellen Perez, Alex de Minaur, John Millman, and Matthew Ebden, as they gear up to compete in Perth.