On Wednesday, World number one Ashleigh Barty shocked the tennis world by declaring her early retirement from the sport at the age of 25. After becoming the first home-grown champion of the Australian Open in 44 years, Ashleigh dropped the bombshell.
Today, she posted a video on her Instagram in which she was announcing her retirement. Along with the post, she wrote, “Today is difficult and filled with emotion for me as I announce my retirement from tennis.”
She was clueless about how to announce the news, that’s why she asked for help from her close friend and former doubles partner Casey Dellacqua. Barty said, “I wasn’t sure how to share this news with you so I asked my good friend @caseydellacqua to help me. I am so thankful for everything this sport has given me and leave feeling proud and fulfilled.”
In a tearful video, she said, “I’m so happy, and I’m so ready and I just know at the moment in my heart as a person, this is right. I’m so grateful for everything that tennis has given me, it’s given me all of my dreams plus more.”
She added, “But I know the time is now right for me to step away and chase other dreams and put the racquets down.”
The 25-year-old player has been world number one for more than two years and retires after winning three Grand Slam singles titles — the French Open in 2019, Wimbledon in 2021, and the Australian Open this year.
After her announcement, the Women’s Tennis Association tweeted, “Thank you for being an incredible ambassador for this sport and for women around the world, We will miss you so much, Ash.”
She was generally seen as one of the most respected and loved players, She quickly became the best, with her rapid collection of portions, pinpoint serving, and smooth forehand typifying her all-around game.