Last Updated on June 16, 2023
Ajla Tomljanovic is an Australian female tennis player who was born in Croatia and represented the country in international tennis tournaments before switching allegiance in 2018. She was born on the 7th of May 1993 to the family of Ratko and Emina Tomljanovic in Zagreb, Croatia. While her father was a citizen of Croatia, her mother, Emila, hails from Bosnia.
Her father was a professional handball player and was part of the team that won the 1992 and 1993 European Handball Cup for Croatia. However, she was introduced to the game of tennis by her sister, Hana, who played tennis for the University of Virginia, at the age of seven.
When she clocked 13, she decided to proceed to Florida to continue her training under Fernado Martinez and Rene Gomez. Three years later (2009), she turned pro and also recorded her first ITF title in the Doubles category in her hometown, Zagreb.
During that same year, she also recorded another success at the 2009 Australian Open Girls Doubles category, where she paired with Christiana Mchale. In total, she now has 4 Singles titles and 3 Doubles titles at the ITF.
She has never reached into the top 30 on the World’s Ranking, with a career highest ranking of 38, while she currently sits at number 63. She has also reached as high as 47 in the Doubles category, although she now maintains the number 123 on the ranking.
Who Is The Current Coach Of Ajla Tomljanovic?
The current coach of Ajla Tomljanovic is Alessandro Bega. He was an ex-Italian professional tennis player who hung his racket last year (2021) to begin his coaching career. He did not really impact his playing career since he primarily competed in ITF Futures and ATP Challengers tournaments.
Nevertheless, he was a top 500 player on the World’s Ranking and reached a career highest ranking of 259 in Singles and 369 in the Doubles category. He also made an appearance at the 2017 Citi Open, although he was knocked out in the first round of the tournament by Malek Jaziri.
He won a total of 26 titles at the ITF Futures from a combined final (Singles and Doubles) of 57 appearances. At the Singles, he reached 34 finals, out of which he won 17 and lost 17, while he played 23 finals at the Doubles and recorded just 9 wins with 14 losses. He won total prize money of $142 585 before calling off the not-so-popular career.
The young coach began working with Ajla at the light of his coaching career and has been making efforts toward reviving the form of the Australian, who has been out of form since March 2022. However, her recent performances at the WTA 1000 show that she is gradually getting back on track.
Bega has not gone far in his coaching career and has not worked with any trainee prior to working with Ajla. Their pair surely can achieve a lot depending on how good the influence Bega is and the focus of the Ajla.
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It was recorded that when Ajla made her way to Florida at13, she was coached by Fernando Martinez and Rene Gomez. Martinez Fernando is the owner and head coach of Superior Tennis Academy in Florida who served as a personal coach of Ajla between 2008 and 2009.
He is quite a successful coach with recognition from reputable International organizations and certification from numerous tennis bodies such as USTA to become a High-Performance Coach. Martinez also has some playing record as he was an ex-Costa Rican professional tennis player and played college tennis representing the University of Florida in both Singles and Doubles categories.
His time at the Costa Rica National Team saw him represent the country at several junior tennis competitions and also a member of the national team for the Davis Cup. He was among members of a team who represented the country at the 2014 and 2018 ITF Senior World Tennis Championship.
Ajla developed rapidly and moved up over 350 spots to 134 in the World’s ranking to record her career highest ranking at that time under Martinez. He also led her to her first appearances at major tournaments such as French Open, US Open, and the Wimbledon Open. She also won one ITF title with Martinez at the ITF Plantation in the US.
While working with Martinez as her coach, Ajla also worked with another South American coach from Columbia, Rene Gomez, as a fitness and development coach. Rene Gomez is the current head coach and Director of Gomez Tennis Academy, which he established with the help of his wife and first son.
He was an ex-Columbia tennis player and achieved a career highest ranking of 548 and 363 in the Singles and Doubles, respectively. He also represented Columbia in several junior tournaments and was part of the national Davis Cup Team from 1980 to 1986.
The coach is well-known for his ability to work with junior players and has developed several junior players to be Grand Slam winners. Some of his top trainees are Mary Pierce, Jim Courier, Tommy Haas, Max Mirnyi, Vince Spadea, Andre Agassi, Anna Kournikova, and Monica Seles.
Seeing his abilities and achievements, the Chinese Tennis Federation specially appointed him to train the Chinese Davis Cup team, coaching staff, and even the support staff. His trainees are known to be physically fit and well-disciplined, with a high level of commitment and dedication to their professional development.
Rene left for China in November 2009 and must have left the team of Ajla at that time to focus on his new job.
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Ajla Tomljanovic’s achievements with different coaches
We have collected in the table the data about the trophies won by Ajla Tomljanovic under the guidance of various coaches.
|Coaches||Years of Completion||Titles|
|Fernando Martinez||2009 – 2010||–|
|Alessandro Bega||– till date||–|