Australian tennis star Ajla Tomljanović has been praised for her handling of a question about former partner Nick Kyrgios.
The world number 44 was in a relationship with Kyrgios, who has been summoned to a court in Canberra amid allegations of common assault, from 2017 to 2018.
She was questioned about the allegations following her quarter-final defeat to Elena Rybakina at Wimbledon.
Tomljanović told the reporter she was not aware of the situation, before pleading for privacy.
“It’s been a while since our relationship ended so obviously I’ve always kept my relationship very private and I would like to keep it like that,” she said.
“I’m definitely against domestic violence and I hope it gets resolved, but I mean I haven’t had that experience with him.”
Tomljanović was applauded for her calm handling of the questioning, which many social media users viewed as unfair.
“The poise of Ajla Tomljanovic to deal with this question is remarkable,” CodeSport content producer Lachlan McKirdy wrote on Twitter.
“Can’t believe this was the first thing she was asked after a Grand Slam quarterfinal.”
Another Twitter user posted: “There are so many reasons this questioning is not OK. Definitely props to Ajla on the grace with which she responded.”
“Class act is @Ajlatom 👏🏼,” commented another. “This was so unfair. She played so well at this tournament and deserved a lot better treatment from media. 🤬”.
According to court listings, Kyrgios has been summoned to the Australia Capital Territory (ACT) Magistrates’ Court in Canberra on August 2nd, in relation to one charge of common assault following an incident in December 2021.
His barrister Jason Moffett told The Canberra Times the charge was “in the context of a domestic relationship”.
“The nature of the allegation is serious, and Mr Kyrgios takes the allegation very seriously,” he said.
“Given the matter is before the court… he doesn’t have a comment at this stage, but in the fullness of time we’ll issue a media release.”
Kyrgios will play Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon men’s semi-final tomorrow.
Rybakina, who overcame Ajla Tomljanović 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, faces Simona Halep in the women’s semi-finals today. The winner will meet either Ons Jabeur or Tatjana Maria in the final on Saturday.