Ajla Tomljanovic and Jelena Ostapenko will never be best friends again. The two tennis stars clashed after their match in the third round of Wimbledon.
Tomljanovic won the match after losing the first set against the Latvian. It eventually became 4-6, 6-4 and 6-2 for the Australian. Afterwards, the accusations flew back and forth.
Ostapenko suffered from pain throughout the game and at one point had a physiotherapist on the pitch, who needed 11 minutes before play resumed. Tomljanovic already shouted to the umpire: “You know she’s lying, don’t you?” To which Ostapenko replied, “If you think I’m faking it, ask for a medical time-out yourself.”
“Your behavior is terrible,” it continued after the match ended. “You have zero respect,” said Ostapenko, winner of Roland Garros in 2017. “Honestly, you have to speak,” Tomljanovic said. “What? So bad, so bad,” she replied. “You are the worst player on the track.”
At the press conference, there was also a discussion about the bitter quarrel between the two.
“She can say she was injured, but I don’t believe it,” said the Australian. “There was nothing wrong with her until she came down 4-0. A definite reason for her to break my rhythm. Then she still calls me disrespectful. ridiculous. I think that’s just disgraceful behavior from someone who’s already won a grand slam tournament. Kids look up to her and then you get this? I’m tired of things like this continuing to happen.”
Ostapenko defended herself by stating that she was really injured. “It was hugely disrespectful of her,” said the Latvian. “How can you call me a liar if you don’t know anything about my injury. You just don’t say that in front of everyone. That’s what I told her, too, that she can’t behave like that. Certainly not because she was winning. If I could have played at 50 percent today, I would have beaten her anyway.”