Ashleigh Barty retired from tennis on Wednesday, two months after winning her third Grand Slam as the Australian Open. Let me tell you all that Barty is only 25 years old and she surprised everyone by making this decision while being at the number one position in the world. Let me tell you all that Barty made this announcement by putting up a six-minute video on her Instagram. You can see that in the video, she was very emotional and her voice was also faltering. Ash Barty said in the video, "I'm very happy and I'm fully prepared for it. I'm just listening to my heart at the moment and I know it's the right decision.''
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Barty further said, "Now it's time to realize other dreams.'' At the same time, she said that she no longer feels compelled to do all that is necessary to become the best in tennis in her eyes. Let me tell you all that Barty also said during a conversation with her former doubles partner Casey Delacqua, "This is the first time I have actually said this publicly and yes, it's hard to say. I don't have that physical strength, that willpower and all the things that are required to challenge myself at the top level.''
Well, this is not the first time Barty has given up tennis in this way. In fact, she became Wimbledon junior champion at the age of 15 in 2011 and her career looked great, although she kept herself away from the sport for two years in 2014 due to fatigue, pressure and long journeys. Let me tell you that Barty won grand slam tournaments on three different courts. She won the French Open on clay courts in 2019, Wimbledon on grass court last year and the Australian Open on hard courts this year.
Yes, she became the first Australian to win the Australian Open in the last 44 years. With this, she won 15 Tour level titles in singles. Apart from this, she also has 12 doubles titles to her name. She was ranked number one in the world for a total of 121 weeks, including the last 114 weeks. At the moment, she has become the second player to retire while being at the number one ranking. Before her, Justin Henin said goodbye to tennis in May 2008 while being at number one.