This Wednesday is treating us with the most shocking WTA news we could get — top-ranked women’s tennis player Ashleigh Barty, 25, has announced retirement from tennis, having never hinted it would happen in the near future.
At the height of her career, while she’s spending her 121st week at No.1 and missing the Miami Open where she would be defending her title, Barty is dropping the bombshell. The Australian made the announcement in an interview with Casey Dellacqua for NDTV, saying she is leaving in order to “chase after some other dreams”.
“I just know that I am absolutely spent,” Barty stated as she explained how top level tennis requires all your resources and she has nothing more to give, both physically and emotionally.
Barty has won three Grand Slam titles, on all surfaces, including the Australian Open less than two months ago, when she became the first home player in 44 years to triumph at the major.
This is not the first time Barty is quitting tennis, but this is “a very different feeling.” At the end of 2014, Ash Barty put her tennis journey on hold in order to “experience life as a normal teenaged girl.” During this time, Barty took up cricket for a couple of years. Impressively, she was quite successful in the sport and even played in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) where she competed with some of the best women’s cricketers in Australia.
Once 2016 rolled around, Barty was ready to make a comeback in tennis after getting her mind right and showing the world her multi-talents in sport while she was at it. It was in the second phase of her tennis career that Barty won all her 15 singles titles, including Roland Garros 2019, Wimbledon 2021, and Australian Open 2022.
What we can all learn from Barty’s brave decision is to always listen to our gut and do what we feel is right to do at the moment. It is definitely confusing an average person that a tennis player is retiring at still a young age and leaving at the height of their career, but Barty is a champion because she is far from average. There are definitely many more groundbreaking achievements ahead of this wise woman!