3-time Grand Slam winner Ash Barty shocked the world when she announced her retirement from tennis at the age of 25. Barty becoming the first homegrown player to win the Australian Open in 44 years was a sudden announcement not expected at all as she was world No. 1. 1 for more than 2 years and continued to lead the WTA rankings by a margin of more than 2000 points.
While Barty herself announced the retirement through a video with longtime mentor and former Doubles partner Casey DellacquaBarty said she has achieved all of her goals as a professional and wants to explore other things in life outside of the world of tennis.
7-time Grand Slam Champion and former World No. 1 Mat Wilander discussed Barty’s retirement with that of the careers of Venus Williams (41), Serena Williams (40), Roger Federer (40), Rafael Nadal (35) and Novak Djokovic (34) who despite being slightly older than Barty continue to play at the highest level with a different mindset.
“We just have to realize that players like Serena, Venus, Roger, Rafa and Novak are kind of monsters. You never have enough. Her priority is always to play tennis and improve. And I think for Ash Barty, her priorities have changed. And I’ll tell you the other part of my answer, which I think is more important.” Wilander told Eurosport, where he is a recurring analyst.
“Ash Barty has realized she has more important things than tennis”: Mats Wilander
Barty had previously ended her 2021 season early 2021 US Open and skipped those WTA Finals 2021 Wanting to spend more time with her family after not visiting Australia after January, Wilander stressed that Barty had had enough as the Covid-19 pandemic also affected tennis with lots of bio-bubbles and quarantine periods as she was already having quite a bit of success at her Career.
“Being a professional tennis player in the last two and a half years of Covid, having to stay in quarantine and having to make the decision, like she did last year, to leave Australia for six, seven months straight, it can take your excitement for kill everything in this life. The world today is not the same as it was in 2019 when she won her first Grand Slam.
“After that she got world first place, she won Wimbledon. I mean, the world is upside down, and maybe she’s noticed, “Okay, I’ve got more important things to do than swing a racquet and win tennis matches.” added Wilander In addition.
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