Italian tennis star Matteo Berrettini, currently ranked No. 8 in the world, spoke about his relationship with girlfriend and WTA player Ajla Tomljanovic in a recent interview. The two have been spending the lockdown together at Tomljanovic's base in Boca Raton, Florida and have also been training together in recent weeks.
Matteo Berrettini says the two have a different approach to training
In the interview to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Berrettini says, "It was nice to spend a lot of time with Ajla. We were not used to this situation, because we met only occasionally.
It was not always easy, but it was very positive. We have trained together. We have a different mentality. I am more relaxed. She has a more serious approach. When I joked too much, Alja got angry. This experience has made us grow."
The Italian says he still does not know when he would return to Italy, which was one of the countries badly affected by the crisis, but he would be happy to play the Internazionali d’Italia in Rome if the tournament went ahead when the tour resumes.
Organizers have said that they are hoping to hold the event in mid to late September prior to the French Open. “It would be nice to play at the Internazionali d’Italia in Rome. It’s the home tournament for me and I am very fond of this event."
Matteo Berrettini is currently ranked No. 8 in the world rankings and has won 3 ATP singles titles in his career. In 2019, he reached the semi-finals of a major Grand Slam event for the first time in his career at the US Open, where he lost to Spain's Rafael Nadal in straight sets.
He also claimed the final spot in the season ending championships in London where he lost his opening two round robin matches to Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, before becoming the first Italian man to win a match at the prestigious event by beating Austrian Dominic Thiem.
Croatian-born Ajla Tomljanović began competing for Australia at the 2014 US Open, after getting her permanent residency in Australia. She was granted Australian citizenship in January 2018. She is currently ranked No. 56 in the world and has been as high as No. 39 in the world rankings last year.