Ash Barty’s tennis calendar: World No. 1 plots Indian Wells return after self-imposed ‘house arrest’ from Australian Open

What kept the world No. 1 busy in the weeks following her historic triumph at the Australian Open was the classic, understated Ash Barty.

Instead of basking in the glory of becoming Australia’s first local Grand Slam tennis winner in 44 years, Barty has been busy moving to Brisbane.

The 25-year-old has yet to play a match since beating Danielle Collins in the memorable final at Melbourne Park almost a month ago.

But Barty plans to restart his 2022 season at the WTA 1000 event in Indian Wells, Calif., starting March 9.

“I was under house arrest for a few weeks,” Barty said at an AIA launch in Melbourne on Thursday.

“I was moving, so I was unpacking the boxes and settling into our new house.

“It has been an incredible journey for all of us over the past few months.

“We’re aiming to be ready for Indian Wells, I know it’s a few weeks away, so we’ll get organized and do our best to get there.”

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Ash Barty hasn’t played since the Australian Open final. Credit: AAP

After the travel complications of the past two years, the WTA Tour is expected to operate in a more normal fashion with the reopening of the Australian border.

But Barty doesn’t expect a drastic change in her schedule and who joins her at tournaments.

“They have their jobs, their lives and their careers,” she said.

“They like me as Ash the person, not Ash the tennis player.

“As much as I love having them around, it’s important that we each do our own thing and have their own careers and lives.”

Barty’s fiancé, Garry Kissick, has stepped up his involvement in the golf world this year, spending time on tour with Australian professional Louis Dobbelaar.

Meanwhile, Barty has teamed up with surfing great and good friend Stephanie Gilmore for a health campaign with AIA.

The star-studded couple’s friendship has blossomed over the past few years, having been seen enjoying a beer together in the crowd during the 2020 AFL Final Series.

“I have a lot of respect for Steph, and what she’s done in her field is nothing short of remarkable,” Barty said.

“We have known each other for a few years now and I think our backgrounds coincide, we have similarities.

“I’m very lucky to call her a companion and lean on her when I need it.”

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