Croatian Ajla Tomljanovic will start representing Australia at the upcoming US Open and her decision to change citizenship caused an outrage in her birth country. Some days after the news had been announced, the world No.55 lost in the first round of this week’s Stanford tournament to Andrea Petkovic 6-1 6-4 and the defeat was a great occasion for her enraged nationals to insult and attack her.
On her Facebook page Ajla received loads of comments calling her a cheap and shameful person, a traitor, and similar things. Some people said that athletes like her don’t even deserve the Croatian flag and should receive a lifetime ban from entering Croatia. However, a lot of people also expressed their support for Ajla and said that she should not pay attention to harmful and stupid comments.
Here’s how Ajla commented on the situation [translated by myself from Croatian]:
I am not disappointed in the Croatian Tennis Association, as I am aware of what the Croatian Tennis Association is. For a long time already I haven’t expected anyone’s help regarding my career and all my results I have achieved by myself and with the help of my family. I believe that Australia, with the services that I will have available there, will help me make my dreams come true.
The 21-year-old Tomljanovic will probably opt for Brisbane as her residence, because they have an amazing tennis center there, the city is nice and she has relatives not far away. (source: Kurir, photo: Jimmie48)