Why Did Ashleigh Barty Retire From Tennis?

Ashleigh Barty
Ashleigh Barty

Ashleigh Barty is an Australian former professional tennis player and cricketer. She is the second Australian tennis player to be ranked No. 1 in the world in singles by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) after fellow Indigenous Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley

Born in Ipswich, Queensland, Barty began playing tennis at the age of four in nearby Brisbane. She had a promising junior career, reaching a career-high ranking of No. 2 in the world after winning the girls’ singles title at Wimbledon in 2011.

As a teenager, Barty had early success in doubles on the WTA Tour in 2013, finishing runner-up at three Grand Slam doubles events with veteran Casey Dellacqua, including at the Australian Open while 16 years old. Late in the 2014 season, Barty decided to take an indefinite break from tennis.

She ended up playing cricket during this hiatus, signing with the Brisbane Heat for the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League season despite having no formal training in the sport. Barty returned to tennis in early 2016.

She had a breakthrough year in singles in 2017, winning her first WTA title at the Malaysian Open and rising to No. 17 in the world despite having never been ranked inside the top 100 before her time off.

She also had another prolific year in doubles with Dellacqua, culminating in her first appearance at the WTA Finals in doubles.

Barty then won her first Premier Mandatory and Grand Slam tournament titles in doubles in 2018 before accomplishing the same feat in singles in 2019, highlighted by her victory at the French Open.

Why Did Ashleigh Barty Retire From Tennis?

Australian tennis great and current world number one Ashleigh Barty has announced her retirement from the sport at just 25 years old, saying “the time is right now for me to step away and chase other dreams and to put the racquets down.”

“I wasn’t quite sure of how I was gonna do this,” an emotional Barty said to good friend and former doubles partner Casey Dellacqua in a video posted to Barty’s social media.

She said: “It’s hard to say … I’m so happy and I’m so ready. I just know at the moment in my heart for me as a person this is right.”


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