Ashleigh Barty Decides to Stay Away From Australia Until End of the Season

Published 03/28/2021, 8:50 AM EDT
Tennis – Yarra Valley Classic – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 7, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in action during her final singles match against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza REUTERS/Kelly Defina


World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty is the second Australian player to earn the number one ranking in women’s tennis. In 2019, she cemented her name in tennis, winning the French Open and the season-ending WTA Finals. Prior to her, Evonne Goolagong Cawley was the only female Australian player to have held that esteemed position.

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Recently, Ashleigh Barty announced an unfortunate compromise she would have to make in order to compete on Tour. The Australian player has decided not to live in Australia until the season ends. Due to the quarantine rules in Australia, it will be inconvenient for her to visit home and return to the venue of the tournament, as she would have to undergo a 14-day quarantine period each time.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 17, 2021, Australia’s Ashleigh Barty during her quarterfinal match against Czech Republic’s Karolina Muchova REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Ashleigh Barty is prepared to stay away from home for the rest of the season

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Speaking on this issue, Barty said, “Yeah, Tyz and I are ultimately prepared to stay away for the rest of the season. Obviously, with the quarantine laws in Australia, we do our two weeks quarantine in a hotel, and there is actually not a lot of space in the season to be able to do that just to get home for the two weeks.”

For now, the World No. 1 has decided to live away from Australia. She finds the whole idea totally new and is still deciding on a new place to live during this period.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Australia’s Ashleigh Barty reacts during her quarter final match against Czech Republic’s Karolina Muchova REUTERS/Kelly Defina
 
The 24-year-old further added, “So at this stage, we’re planning to be away until after the US Open and potentially right to the end of the season. Without a doubt, it was something that was new to me, new to try and wrap my head around and comprehend where we’re going to be away for such an extended period.”
 
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Barty began her season competing at the Australian Open and lost in the quarterfinal. Prior to that, she had won the Yarra Valley Classic tournament held in Melbourne. At the moment, she is in Miami and has proceeded into the Rounds of 16.

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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