Ajla Tomljanovic expresses her displeasure with the strict rules of tennis that limit the emotions of players on the court


Ajla Tomljanovic expresses her displeasure with the strict rules of tennis that limit the emotions of players on the court

Ajla Tomljanovic

World No. 35 Ajla Tomljanovic continues her hunt for her maiden Grand Slam title but despite some good performances, she’s yet to reach the semis. The Australian No. 1 recently spoke about the sport in general and her desire to play in combined events such as the now discontinued Hopman Cup.

“Yes, I like combined events. From a fan’s perspective, it’s just nice to see women and men together. Sometimes the facilities can get crowded, but that’s more of a luxury issue. When there is only a women’s tournament, there are fewer professionals. 

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“It’s a better mood when the gentlemen are there. I wish there were more emotions, and more space to express yourself. Tennis has become strict. I understand it’s a gentleman’s sport, that’s great. But it would be nice if we could show more emotion without getting a fine right away,” said Tomljanovic speaking with Tennis Magazin.

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Ajla Tomljanovic yet to reach a semi-final this year

Ajla Tomljanovic
Ajla Tomljanovic

Tomljanovic has been one of the busiest players on the Tour this year. She has so far played 60 matches having a win-loss record of 36-24. Her best Grand Slam results came at the 2022 Wimbledon where she reached the quarter-final for the second year in a row.

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She made it to the last-8 of the 2022 US Open as well, reaching the round for the first time in New York. But these two have been the highlights of her season so far as she continues her wait for her first-ever Tour title having lost all 4 of her finals so far. She last reached a Tour final in 2019.

She started her season ranked 45th but due to the ranking points withdrawal from Wimbledon due to their ban on Russian and Belarusian players, Tomljanovic‘s rank also took a hit. The Australian fell outside the Top 70 but was inside the Top 50 before the US Open.

Her run in New York saw her break into the Top 35 and she now has a good chance to move further ahead by aiming to make a big run at the 2022 Guadalajara Open, the final WTA-1000 event of the season on the Tour.

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