World No. 1 player Ash Barty drops a bombshell and announces his retirement

The tennis world was shocked on Tuesday when world number one player Ash Barty announced that she was retiring from the sport. Barty held the fourth-longest streak in Women’s Tennis Association history for consecutive weeks at No. 1, at 114. That streak ends on Tuesday as the all-time great decided to quit. Barty posted a video to Instagram revealing his decision as emotions swirled.

“Today is difficult and emotional for me as I announce my retirement from tennis. I wasn’t quite sure how to share this news with you so I asked my good friend @caseydellacqua to help me out. I’m so grateful for everything this sport has given me and I’m leaving proud and fulfilled. Thank you to everyone who has supported me along the way, I will always be grateful for the lifelong memories we have created together More to come tomorrow at my press conference.

The news is particularly shocking as Barty still seems to be at or near the top of his game. Barty recently won the Australian Open in January in front of his home crowd. The Australian native has also won two other Grand Slam singles titles in her career, including the 2019 French Open and the 2021 Wimbledon tournament.

Ash Barty spoke about the lack of emotional acuity needed to continue performing at the highest level, noted WTATennis.com writer Greg Garber.

“I no longer have the physical drive, the emotional desire and everything it takes to challenge myself at the highest level. I’m exhausted.

Barty is anything but a lock to one day be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Barty retires with a 305-102 singles record, while winning 12 doubles tournaments throughout his career.

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