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Ajla Tomljanovic slams journalist over Nick Kyrgios question

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Aussie tennis star Ajla Tomljanovic had a fantastic Wimbledon tournament, making it all the way to the quarter-finals before falling in a three-set clash.

The 29-year-old took the first set against Elena Rybakina, before dropping the next two in a 4-6 6-2 6-3 defeat.

Tomljanovic had defeated some quality opponents during her run to the quarters, knocking off the likes of Barbora Krejcikova and Jil Teichmann.

But speaking to the media after her exit from Wimbledon, the first question she was asked was about her former partner Nick Kyrgios, who is set to face court in August over assault allegations. 

REPORTER: You were in a relationship with Nick Kyrgios for some time. You’re aware of the allegations that have been made, investigated by the police in Australia. What was your experience of being in a relationship with him?

TOMLJANOVIC: I’m not really aware of exactly what’s being said about whatever his past relationship and the allegations. I don’t know what it is.

REPORTER: He’s been summonsed for domestic violence against a former partner to a court in Canberra.

TOMLJANOVIC: It’s been a while since our relationship ended. Obviously I’ve always kept my relationship very private. I would like to keep it like that. I’m definitely against domestic violence. I hope it gets resolved…but yeah, I mean I haven’t had that experience with him.

Tomljanovic and Kyrgios dated a number of years ago, with the pair splitting in 2018.

The Croatian-born star took to social media to condemn the line of questioning from the reporter, which came immediately after finishing her two-hour match.

“Quite disappointing that after almost 2 hours of playing my quarterfinals that that was the first question the journalist chose to ask me, and never proceeded to ask anything match related,” she said.

“Glad to see headlines mostly about that now. Do better.”

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