The 25-year-old Australian said it was time for him to pursue more dreams” because he no longer had the heart to do what he had to do to be the best in the game.
|Australian Ashley Barty with the trophy after winning the Australian Open on January 29, 2022, in Melbourne. Announces retirement at age 25 (AFP)
World number one Ashley Barty has announced her retirement from the sport at the tender age of 25, two months after winning the Australian Open.
According to the Associated Press, Ashley Barty said in a video posted on her Instagram account on Wednesday: I am very happy and I am ready. I know in my heart at the moment that this is right for me.
The Australian player said it was time for him to pursue more dreams because he no longer had the heart to do what he had to do to be the best in the game.
Speaking to his doubles partner Casey Delacqua in the video, he said: This is the first time I’ve been saying this out loud and it’s hard to say. Now I don’t have the physical energy, the emotional need, and everything you need to get yourself to the top of a sport. I run out of energy.
Barty announced his engagement to trainee golfer Gary Casick in November. The pair has been together starting around 2016.
This is not the first time he has given up tennis. In 2011 she was a Wimbledon junior champion at the age of 15 but quit tennis for two years due to burnout, overcrowding, and stress. He played professional cricket in Australia and then finally returned to tennis.
She has won three Grand Slams: the 2019 French Open on clay court, the Wimbledon title on the grass court in 2021, and the Australian Open on Melbourne Parks hard court in January 2022 winning the title on Australian soil in 44 years. Become the second Australian