The Tennis Conversation: Ajla Tomljanovic – Tennis Magazine

Having taken long breaks for injuries in the past, did that prepare you for COVID lockdown?

You would think it would have helped, but it really didn’t because it was just so different. When it first happened, I was thinking in a very selfish way that we were robbed, and how we didn’t do anything to deserve this. When I’ve had injuries or illnesses in the past, there was always a pro…….

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Having taken long breaks for injuries in the past, did that prepare you for COVID lockdown?

You would think it would have helped, but it really didn’t because it was just so different. When it first happened, I was thinking in a very selfish way that we were robbed, and how we didn’t do anything to deserve this. When I’ve had injuries or illnesses in the past, there was always a protocol where you know what you’re doing, and you have a clear time frame to recovery. I really did struggle a lot, internally—even if I did put on a brave face and do all my workouts—and I could feel I wasn’t as happy as I usually would be. The unknown was really hard to for me to accept.

What did it mean for you to come out of lockdown and make your first Grand Slam singles quarterfinal at Wimbledon?

I’ve never worked so hard off the court on my mentality and perspective as much as I did in these last two years, and Wimbledon feels like the reward for all that hard work that people didn’t see me doing. I always believed in ticking all the boxes, and that mentality made me believe that moment would come. It was more about timing and when everything would come together. At the same time, until comes, you do wonder, ‘Is it ever going to happen?’

How does a big result affect your motivation going forward?

No one will be able to take my best results away from me. People move on so quickly in tennis that next week, there’s always another winner somewhere else. That’s just part of the tennis life, but I’ll never forget that part of my career. I’m so happy to have made those memories, and I’ll always be able to look back on how I achieved one of my childhood dreams.

Source: https://www.tennis.com/baseline/articles/the-tennis-conversation-ajla-tomljanovic

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