Ash Barty announces shock retirement from tennis

Australian Open champion Ash Barty has announced his shocked retirement from tennis

Australian Open champion Ash Barty has announced his shocked retirement from tennis (Photo: Getty)

World No. 1 Ash Barty has announced his retirement from professional tennis at the age of 25.

The Australian who has won three grand slams and is the reigning Wimbledon and the Australian Open champion said she withdrew from the sport for the second time to ‘chase other dreams’.

Queenslander revealed she was retiring in an Instagram video recorded with friend and former double partner Casey Dellacqua.

Barty said: ‘I was not quite sure how I would do this, but I think that so many times in my life, both my professional and my personal, you have been there for me.

‘And I just could not think’ there is no right way, there is no wrong way ‘. It’s just my way and it’s perfect for me to share it with you to talk to you about it with my team, my dear ones, that I’re retiring from tennis.

‘And so the first time, I’ve actually said it out loud, and yes, it’s hard to say, but I’m so happy and I’m so ready, and I just know right now in my heart for me as a person, this it right . ‘

The right-handed player said the victory at Wimbledon – the first time an Australian had won a singles title at the championships in almost 20 years – had been her ‘true dream’.

Her voice broke as she told Dellacqua that retirement was ‘something I’ve been thinking about for a long time’.

Day Twelve: The Wimbledon 2021 Championships

Ash Barty described winning Wimbledon last year as a career highlight (Image: Getty)

Ash Barty | Grand Slam record

Australian Open W (2022)
French Open W (2019)
Wimbledon W (2021)
US Open4R (2018, 2019)

“I’ve had a lot of incredible moments in my career that have been crucial moments,” she said. ‘Wimbledon last year changed a lot for me as a person and for me as an athlete when you work so hard all your life for one goal and I have been able to share it with so many incredible people.

“But being able to win Wimbledon, which was my dream, my only true dream that I wanted in tennis, it really changed my perspective.”

Barty promised in the caption to the video that more would come tomorrow at a press conference.

Former world number one Simona Halep was considering whether Barty could switch sports, as the Australian did after 2015 US Open when she played for the Brisbane Heat in the Women’s Big Bash League.

‘Ash, what can I say, you know I have tears? My friend, I will miss you on the trip. You were different and special and we shared some amazing moments, ‘tweeted the Romanian.

‘What’s next for you? Grand Slam champion in golf ?! Be happy and enjoy your life to the max xo Simo. ‘

This year’s Australian Dylan Alcott, the only man to complete the Golden Slam in quad singles, said Barty was an “even better person” than she was a tennis player.

Alcott tweeted: ‘Ash Barty. Great tennis player, but even better person. A master in every sense of the word. Very proud of you mate. ‘

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