Today's Birthday 7/5

Callum Godde
Today's Birthday, May 7: Australian tennis player Ajla Tomljanovic (1993 - )

Today's Birthday, May 7: Australian tennis player Ajla Tomljanovic (1993 - ).

Australian women's No.4 Ajla Tomljanovic has surged back into the top 100 with a solid run of form to start the year and has grand plans of making her Fed Cup debut.

The 25-year-old - who returned from shoulder surgery in 2017 - made the quarter-finals of the Monterrey Open in April, doing her national team aspirations no harm.

But the former Croatian junior representative must first challenge a 2015 ITF rule change - stopping players from competing for more than one country - in order to be eligible to kit up in the green and gold.

Born to European Cup handball champion Ratko Tomljanovic and mother Emina in the Croatian capital of Zagreb in 1993, Ajla first started darting around a tennis court age seven after being introduced to the sport by older sister Hana.

Tomljanovic then moved to the United States as a 13-year-old to train at the world-renowned Evert Tennis Academy in Florida.

Coached by her father, the top junior won the 2009 Australian Open girls' doubles crown and within two years entered the top 150 on the women's circuit.

However, a bout of mononucleosis in 2012 derailed the rising star's push up the rankings, forcing her to battle her way back up the rankings.

Tomljanovic's rapid rise, from world No.453 to 78, culminated in her upstaging Australian Casey Dellacqua at the 2013 US Open.

That summer, after training with former Australian Fed Cup captain David Taylor, a plan was hatched for the raw youngster to become an Australian citizen and represent the nation.

When the news of her Croatian defection surfaced in mid-2014, Tomljanovic was being hailed as a future top-10 star after beating Polish third-seed Agnieszka Radwanska en route to the fourth round of the French Open.

Tomljanovic first competed under the Australian banner at the 2014 US Open, but only began representing her adopted homeland at regular WTA events in early 2018 after finally passing her citizenship test and receiving a passport.

The powerful right-hander fell just shy of capturing her maiden WTA Tour title in 2015, losing in the Thailand Open final, and raced to a career-high ranking of 47 before shoulder surgery cruelled her 2016 campaign.

Tomljanovic, who calls Brisbane home, is presently dating fiery Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios.