In an absolutely shocking turn of events, the current world No. 1 Ash Barty has decided to retire from professional tennis. Barty, who is just 25 years old, was by far the best player on the current women’s circuit. She had won 2 of the last 3 Grand Slam titles and was just one US Open triumph away from a career Grand Slam.
Barty was due to return to the Indian Wells court but decided to skip the gold swing because she felt she wasn’t ready. She announced a few weeks ago that she would be playing the Billie Jean King Cup, but suddenly Barty took to social media to announce her retirement.
She did a little interview with her close friend and tennis player Casey Dellacqua. In a 5-minute interview, Barty spoke about how she thought about retirement after winning Wimbledon last year.
“Today is difficult and full of emotions for me as I announce my retirement from tennis. I wasn’t sure how to share this news with you, so I asked my good friend Casey Dellacqua to help me. I’m so thankful for everything this sport has given me and I leave proud and fulfilled. Thank you to everyone who has supported me on my way. I will always be grateful for the lifelong memories we created together.” She wrote.
In the video, Barty initially said she knows she’s done this before, but this time she has a different sense of retirement. “I know I’ve done this before, but with a very different feeling.” She said. “I’m so happy and I’m so ready and I just know in my heart right now that it’s right for me as a person.”
‘I know how much work it takes to be the best you can be and I don’t have that in me anymore’: Ash Barty
Barty said that in this 2nd phase of my career there was a shift in perspective in me, that her happiness was no longer dependent on results. “In this phase 2 of my career, there was a shift in perspective in me that my happiness didn’t depend on results and success for me means knowing that I gave everything I could,” she said.
She also acknowledged that she knows what it takes to bring out the best in herself, but said she doesn’t think she has that in her.
“I know how much work it takes to be the best you can be and I’ve told my team several times, but I just don’t have that in me anymore. I no longer have the physical drive, the emotional desire and everything it takes to challenge myself to the highest level.” She said.
also read: Watch: Emma Raducanu gives fans a glimpse into her preparation for the 2022 Miami Open
https://firstsportz.com/tennis-shocking-world-no-1-ash-barty-announces-retirement-from-tennis-just-two-months-after-winning-the-australian-open/ ‘Shocking!’ World No. 1 Ash Barty announces retirement from tennis just two months after winning Australian Open FirstSportz