The Wimbledon 2021 is into the second week and the matches are getting all the more important now. While the battle is certainly fought by the players on the court, support from the stands certainly acts like the catalyst for the players who find strength and energy from the crowd that often helps them fight their way back into the match.
The quarter-finals on the men’s side this year has 6 players who will be making their debut in the last-8 of the Wimbledon. Apart from former champion Roger Federer and defending champion of 2 years, Novak Djokovic, remaining will be playing for the first time in the quarters.
One of the clashes in the quarter-finals is scheduled between Italian Matteo Berrettini and Canadian youngster Felix Auger-Aliassime. Both of the players are great friends off the court and would need to keep their friendship aside on the court during the length of their match as both look for a place in the semi-finals.
Apart from being great friends, the duo shares a special connection as well. Berrettini’s girlfriend, Australian player Ajla Tomljanovic who herself qualified for the quarter-finals in women’s singles, and Felix’s girlfriend Nina Ghaibi are cousins and will be cheering on for their respective boyfriends from the stands.
Matteo Berrettini was seen in the stands cheering for Ajla during her 4th round match
Matteo and Ajla have become one of the most followed tennis couples in recent times and their fans are always enquiring whether the duo will be participating in the Mixed Doubles event in the tournaments. While Ajla did explain why they haven’t been able to pair up so far, they are often seen cheering each other from the stands.
Berrettini was spotted during Ajla’s 4th round clash against Emma Raducanu which had an unfortunate ending as Emma had difficulty in breathing and had to retire from the match. In one of the many intense rallies the two players played, Matteo was seen shaking a metal bar ahead of him and agreed that “it’s more stressful watching her play than playing myself.“
Ajla does represent Australia in the sport but is actually Croatian and switched to Australia after getting Australian citizenship. She and Nina are often seen during the tournaments with their boyfriends and the group is often spotted enjoying time together.
“Both our girlfriends are cousins, so it just happens that we spend a lot of time together. Matteo’s a great guy, a great person. I get along really well with him. Since we’re in the bubble, we have dinners together sometimes. We watch the Euro 2020 games together. We’ll try to leave it all out there and it’s going to be good,” Felix said ahead of his clash against Matteo.
Matteo Berrettini will be up against Felix Auger-Aliassime in the quarter-final clash at the Wimbledon 2021 on 7th July 2021.