Ashleigh Barty is a multi-talented athlete and just as she has finished her illustrious tennis career the 25-year-old Australian is fuelling speculation about embarking on a top-level golf journey.
The former WTA world No.1 Barty, who quit tennis in March, has signed up to play a golf exhibition event, the Icons Series set to take place in New Jersey from June 30 to July 1. The unique competition brings together the world’s most decorated sporting icons to compete in a series of team matchplay format events at Liberty National Golf Club.
Barty’s fiancé, Garry Kissick, is a PGA trainee professional, while her father Robert represented Australia as an amateur. Golf runs in the three-time Grand Slam champion’s blood, as she explained:
“Golf has always been a sport that’s come quite naturally to me. I mean, even my mum was a very, very good golfer herself and her whole family loves to play. I guess if there was one sport that’s truly in the Barty genes, it’s probably golf, more so than tennis.”
During last year’s US Open, Barty wowed onlookers with her golf skills. Moreover, during a promotional event before the 2019 Presidents Cup, Barty hit balls into Melbourne’s Yarra River and her swing caught the eye of Tiger Woods.
Icons Series chief executive Thomas Brookes praised Barty’s talent:
“She’s got those skill sets within her locker. With a bit of practice, she can get lower than a three or four handicap. I know she’s really, really excited to be playing in New York and she’s also really keen to bring the concept to Australia.”
Golf and tennis are not the only sports Barty excels at. She took a lull from tennis at the end of 2014 and 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.