Matteo Berrettini's sad admission amid Ajla Tomljanovic split rumours

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Matteo Berrettini and Ajla Tomljanovic, pictured here at the Met Gala.
Matteo Berrettini has confirmed his break-up with Ajla Tomljanovic. Image: Getty

Matteo Berrettini has confirmed the sad news that he has split up with Aussie tennis star Ajla Tomljanovic.

Speaking ahead of the final at Queen's Club on Sunday, the Italian star revealed that he is single after weeks of speculation.

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"Yeah, I'm single but it's not like something that I am looking for, like, it's not that I'm waking up and have to find love," he said.

"It's just something that is happening, it's good for me, if it doesn't, it's another day, you know.

"But, yeah, overall, I'm spending more time with my team, I spent a lot of time with my family when I was injured, and I enjoyed a different kind of life a little bit."

Tomljanovic and Berrettini had been together since 2019 and were regularly spotted cheering each other on during their matches.

Berrettini went viral at the Australian Open last year after he endured a rollercoaster of emotions during one of his girlfriend's matches.

Tomljanovic previously dated Nick Kyrgios before their messy break-up in 2017.

“I think that if you’re happy off the court it’s definitely going to help your career, but at the same time you’ve got to be smart about how you’re going to balance it,” Tomljanovic said in 2020.

“I really believe that the happiness in general and in life can really help your career.

“I don’t know if that was the secret but there are some examples where that really works.”

Tomljanovic is currently ranked 45th in the world after reaching a career-high mark of 38 earlier this year.

Matteo Berrettini and Ajla Tomljanovic, pictured here at the 2022 Australian Open in January.
Matteo Berrettini and Ajla Tomljanovic at the 2022 Australian Open in January. (Photo by Eddie Jim/The Age via Getty Images)

Matteo Berrettini in red-hot form ahead of Wimbledon

Berrettini appears in prime position for another deep run at Wimbledon after retaining his title at Queen's on Sunday.

The Italian beat Filip Krajinovic 7-5 6-4 in the final, backing up his title triumph in Stuttgart last week.

Berrettini will now head to Wimbledon having won 20 of his last 21 matches on grass - his only loss coming against Novak Djokovic in last year's final at the All England Club.

Krajinovic was a surprise finalist in west London having never won a match on grass at ATP level before this week.

The 30-year-old from Serbia usually tries to skip grass-court events if he can.

His serve wasn't big enough to threaten the tall and imposing Berrettini, who only gave up two break points and sent down 14 aces - more than double the tally from Krajinovic.

Filip Krajinovic and Matteo Berrettini, pictured here with their trophies after the Queen's final.
Filip Krajinovic and Matteo Berrettini pose with their trophies after the Queen's final. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Berrettini is just the sixth player since the turn of the century to win multiple Queen's titles, joining Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, Marin Cilic and Feliciano Lopez.

He has won all nine matches since returning to action in Stuttgart after three months out with a hand injury.

Krajinovic lost his fifth straight ATP final, with two of them now coming against Berrettini.

"There are too many emotions. The last thing I expected after a surgery was two titles in a row and to defend my title here. I just cannot believe it," Berrettini said.

"Every time I walk in the hallways here and see all the names of the champions from the past, and now knowing it's me, twice on the same wall, gives me goosebumps."

Krajinovic's loss comes with a silver lining, with his run to the final earning him enough ranking points to be seeded at Wimbledon.

The Serb has lost in the first round at the grass-court major on four occasions.

with AAP

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