Ajla Tomljanovic Describes How Olympics Are ‘Different’ Than Winning a Grand Slam

Published 07/19/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic in action during her third round match against Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko REUTERS/Paul Childs


Tennis player Ajla Tomljanovic has been on the Tour for a considerable amount of time. The Australian athlete has managed to win four titles in singles and three in doubles over the years. In April 2019, she reached a career-high ranking of World No. 39. 

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Recently, Tomljanovic confirmed her participation at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 representing Australia. She was thrilled to represent her nation for the first time and was honored as she was making her family proud. Her father, too, represented the country as a team handball player. 

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2021 Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic in action during her fourth round match against Britain’s Emma Raducanu REUTERS/Toby Melville

The 2021 Wimbledon quarterfinalist stated, “Making my first Olympic debut is a dream come true. I come from a family where the Olympics were a big thing, my dad played team handball, so that was kind of the pinnacle of his career.

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“So for me to go now, I think it makes him really proud and it would be a dream come true to even compete or get a medal.”

Ajla Tomljanovic is thrilled about making her Olympic debut

Tomljanovic revealed that there is a different feeling when it comes to winning a title for your country as compared to winning tournaments that are regularly played throughout the year.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 6, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty with Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic after their quarter final match REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

The 28-year-old player further added, “There’s something different about it than winning a Slam or a regular tournament because it is for your country, for your people. So you can see that it means a lot to the athletes.”

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Speaking about the Olympic Games, there are a handful of prominent names that have withdrawn from the event. Players such as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Serena Williams will not be seen. Nonetheless, we wish all the athletes the best of luck and do their countries proud. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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