“Ten Times More Stressed”: Matteo Berrettini and Ajla Tomljanovic Open Up on Watching Each Other’s Matches

Published 07/04/2021, 8:42 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 3, 2021 Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in action during his third round match against Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene REUTERS/Paul Childs


Matteo Berrettini and Ajla Tomljanovic have been dating for a couple of years now. Interestingly, both of them have reached the fourth round of Wimbledon Championships 2021. To make things better, they played their third-round matches at the same time, and they even concluded at the same time.

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Berrettini and Tomljanovic are understandably invested in each others’ careers, and so, spoke about their stress levels when their partner is playing.

Matteo Berrettini celebrates winning his third-round match against Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene REUTERS/Paul Childs

Berrettini was playing against Aljaz Bedene, and since men singles are played with five sets, he was aware that Ajla’s match might have ended earlier than his. Hence, he got tensed thinking about the result of his partner’s match.

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“I feel like ten times more stressed when I’m watching her match than when I’m actually playing my match. So I would rather have like her playing like at the same time,” Berrettini said.

Ajla Tomljanovic in action during her third-round match against Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko. REUTERS/Paul Childs

Ajla Tomljanovic has a superstition regarding Matteo Berrettini

Ajla, on the other hand, was happy that her match and Berrettini’s match were at the same time. The Australian picked up a brilliant win over Jelena Ostapenko and admitted that watching Berrettini’s match can be very stressful. Moreover, she follows a small superstition as well. She won’t go to the stadium to watch Berrettini in the middle of his match.

“I actually like it I like when we both play at the same time because then we’re finished at the same time usually. And it takes away like from the stress when you’re kind of watching from the locker room.

“When he starts and if I just finished, and he’s in a third set I won’t go there just to not you know maybe superstition unless he’s like down to change it up. But I like it when we both play the same like you were kind of killing two stones two birds with one stone,” Ajla said.

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Now, Ajla has a tough and tricky clash against the high-flying British wildcard entrant, Emma Raducanu. Whereas Berrettini is facing Ilya Ivashka. And this time, barring any delays, Ajla and Berrettini will get to watch each other’s matches as their matches are happening at different times.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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