World number one Ash Barty has decided to retire from professional tennis at the age of 25 and at the peak of her game, citing the achievement of her tennis goals and the fatigue of life on the Tour.
She retires with 15 titles, less than two months after winning the Australian Open, her third Grand Slam singles triumph after Wimbledon 2021 and Roland-Garros 2019. “Ash Barty, the person has so many dreams that ‘she wants to pursue and that don’t necessarily involve traveling the world, being away from my family, being away from home, where I’ve always wanted to be,” an emotional Barty said in a video https://www.instagram.com/tv/Cbbbr7xBX7N/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link posted on his Instagram account.
“I will never, ever stop loving tennis, it’s been a big part of my life, but I think it’s important that I can enjoy the next part of my life as Ash Barty the nobody, not Ash Barty the athlete.” She spent a total of 121 weeks as world number one.
It marks Barty’s second “retirement” from the sport, having stepped away from the game as a teenager in late 2014 after being unhappy with the Tour. She returned in 2016 and quickly climbed the rankings.
“I know I’ve done this before, but in a different feeling,” she said in the Instagram video with her good friend and former doubles partner Casey Dellacqua. “I’m so grateful for tennis, it gave me all my dreams, and more, but I know now is the time for me to walk away and pursue other dreams and put the rackets down.”
WTA boss Steve Simon has paid tribute to a player who has become synonymous with sportsmanship and has won over fans around the world for her brilliant tennis and laid-back attitude. “Ashleigh Barty with her signature backhand, complemented by being the ultimate competitor, always led by example with the unwavering professionalism and sportsmanship she brought to every game,” Simon said.
“With her accomplishments at Grand Slams, WTA Finals and reaching the top of the world No. 1 ranking, she has clearly established herself as one of the WTA’s great champions.”
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