Australian tennis star Ajla Tomljanovic urged the media to "do better" after she received a Nick Kyrgios-related question at the very start of her Wimbledon press conference. On Wednesday, Tomljanovic appeared in her second Grand Slam quarterfinal.
Unfortunately for Tomljanovic, she did make a good start but failed to close out the match as Elena Rybakina recovered from a set down to beat the Australian 4-6 6-2 6-3. On Tuesday, Australian media reported that Kyrgios is due to appear in Court next month for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend Chiara Passari.
"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. Glad to see headlines mostly about that now.
Do better," Tomljanovic wrote on Twitter.
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.
Tomljanovic dated Kyrgios between 2015 and 2017
“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?” a journalist asked Tomljanovic. Tomljanovic responded by claiming she wasn't aware of what's the situation: “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." The journalist refused to quit as he explained to Tomljanovic: “He’s been summonsed for domestic violence against a former partner to a court in Canberra”. Then, Tomljanovic confirmed that she was never assaulted by Kyrgios during their relationship and that she didn't have problems of that nature with the 27-year-old.
“It’s been a while since our relationship ended,” Tomljanovic noted. “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."