Australia received a major boost when Ajla Tomljanovic was cleared to play Fed Cup for Australia as they take on France in the Fed Cup Finals. Team captain Alicia Molik confirmedthat Croatia-born Tomljanovic, Australia’s No.2-ranked female player, has been approved to play in the November 9-10 tie at RAC Arena.
She could be selected to play the second singles behind World No.1 Ash Barty. “It’s a great result for Ajla to finally be cleared to play,” Molik said. “It opens up another brilliant option for us. She’s always represented Australia well so that’s something I’m looking at closely”.
Molik also added that Stosur might be in the mix to play Singles as well. “Sometimes you have to look past rankings and you have to go to experience,“ Molik said. “You have to go to players who have been there, done that, won’t be afraid of the stage and know how to handle finals.
At times, it’s also good to throw in someone new who’s exciting and just so desperate and eager to play”. “That’s why it’s so important to spend so much time with the players through the week and get a handle on how they’re feeling about it all”.
Tomljanovic represented Croatia as a teenager but became an Australian citizen last year, having had permanent residency since 2014. Australia’s last Fed Cup title came in 1974 and next month’s tie is the nation’s first final in 26 years.