Short But Sweet: Key Moments From Ashleigh Barty’s Brilliant Career | Tennis News
Here are some highlights of his short but illustrious career:
The Aussie wins Wimbledon on the 50th anniversary of the triumph of fellow Indigenous Australian Evonne Goolagong Cawley. Barty’s victory in 2021 fulfills a dream that leaves her wondering how long she wants to continue.
In his retirement message, Barty – who won the French Open in 2019 – described his Wimbledon crown as his “one real dream”.
“I had a lot of amazing moments in my career which were pivotal moments and Wimbledon last year changed a lot for me as a person,” she said, describing the emotion of an athlete who worked hard all his life “for One Purpose”.
“To be able to win Wimbledon – which was my dream, the only real dream I wanted in tennis – it really changed my perspective.”
Even after Wimbledon “there was just a little part of me that wasn’t quite satisfied, that wasn’t quite fulfilled,” Barty says now. “And then came the challenge of the Australian Open.”
In January, Barty became the first Australian to win her Grand Slam on home soil in 44 years.
The world number one lost 5-1 in the second set to fearless American Danielle Collins, but came back strong to win on a tiebreaker and sweep the 27th seed in straight sets.
“It’s a dream come true for me and I’m so proud to be Australian,” she said that day. “But for me it’s more about memories than trophies, it’s the memories we keep from the whole trip.”
Winning the Australian Open title is “my perfect way to celebrate the incredible journey of my tennis career,” Barty said as he revealed his decision to quit the sport. “As a person, that’s what I want. I want to pursue other dreams.”
Barty unexpectedly decides at 18 to take a break from tennis – she had won the Wimbledon junior title in 2011 and reached three Grand Slam doubles finals.
“I know I’ve done this before, but in a very different feeling,” she now says of that decision.
Back then, she received the full support of her mentor and role model Goolagong Cawley.
“Hey Darl, go wet a line,” sent Goolagong Cawley, suggesting he go fishing.
After putting down her tennis racket, Barty tried her hand at cricket and appeared for the Brisbane Heat in the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League.
“What attracted me as a coach as a player was her ability to pick things up very quickly,” Heat coach Andy Richards said.
After one season, Barty decides to return to his first sporting love, tennis.
After skipping the French Open over Covid-19 fears, Barty collected her golf clubs in September 2020 and claimed the women’s title at Brookwater Golf Club near Brisbane.
“Champions,” she wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of herself holding a trophy alongside male winner Louis Dobbelaar.
“Is there anything you can’t do? asks one social media user.
Barty peppers his press conferences with references to his “great team” and often uses the word “we” in tribute to them. Her fiancé, aspiring professional golfer Garry Kissick, plays a pivotal role.
While she largely prefers to keep the relationship out of the public eye, she announced in November that they were engaged.
“Future husband,” she wrote on Instagram, sharing a photo of the smiling couple embracing with an engagement ring on their finger.