No place like home as Tomljanovic reaches Wimbledon last 16
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London (AFP) – Ajla Tomljanovic reached Wimbledon’s last 16 on Saturday – a surprise for her father, who only booked her into tournament accommodation after the second round.
Despite reaching the quarter-finals last year, Ratko Tomljanovic only booked his house next door until Friday.
“I was like, you thought I would lose the second round,” Tomljanovic said. “Book it at least until Sunday.
So it’s a good problem to have. I’m not really happy with being in the third round and then moving on.”
The 29-year-old Australian said finding a new place was a headache.
“The problem is it’s so hard to find anything. London is packed and I didn’t want to be outside for an hour. He didn’t take it well. I caused him a lot of grief yesterday.”
Tomljanovic managed to find a hotel near the All England Club on Friday.
With that settled, she was able to seal a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over Czech 13th seed and 2021 French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova.
However, there was more bad news from Ratko on Saturday.
“Today when I finished he was like, ‘Oh, I still have to book.’ I was, like, ‘are you kidding me’.
“He wasn’t kidding but he managed to book the same hotel so I probably have a room until Tuesday.
“But I don’t care. I said, even if someone joins me in my room, I’m not leaving this hotel.”
Next up for the world number 44 is a round of 16 clash against world number one Iga Swiatek or French veteran Alize Cornet.
She says her father will continue to book his flights and hotels as he has throughout his career, although his explanation for the hotel blunder left her puzzled.
“He’s like, ‘Ajla, hungry rats swim the fastest,’ whatever that means,” she added.
“I’m like, ‘I’m not a rat and I’m not hungry. I just want my house from start to finish, or maybe you should just believe in me a little more’.”
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