“Didn’t Know What To Expect”: Coach Reveals How Ashleigh Barty Was Uncertain Before Wimbledon Championships 2021

Published 07/10/2021, 8:29 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty celebrates winning her fourth round match against Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova REUTERS/Toby Melville


World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty has been consistent with her performances this season. She has played some of the best tennis in the women’s section this year. However, she has had some struggles too. Last month, she was forced to withdraw during her second-round match at the French Open. 

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Ashleigh Barty suffered from a hip injury on the left side. To see her bounce back so soon and make it to the Wimbledon Championships final is commendable. One must credit her as well as her team who work hard behind the scenes in order to get her fit, competing at the tournaments. 

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 8, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty celebrates winning the first set during her semi final match against Germany’s Angelique Kerber REUTERS/Paul Childs

Her coach, Craig Tyzzer spoke about her issues and praised her on her recent success. He stated, “I felt like the French Open was going to be a blinder for her and it ended up not working out at all. We didn’t know what to expect coming in here. It’s been an amazing journey so far.”

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Ashleigh Barty took things easy after Paris

After the debacle in Paris, Barty did not have high expectations. The Australian player was unaware of how the body would act after the injury. She wanted to take things slowly, concentrate on getting through the initial rounds and then take it from there. 

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 29, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in action during her first round match against Spain’s Carla Suárez Navarro REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

The former Australian player and current coach further added, “We’ve had a bit of an unknown at the start of the tournament, not knowing how her body would hold up after all the rehab and all the work. It was sort of, ‘Okay, if she can get through a couple of these first couple of rounds, then we might be in the right place.'”

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Barty will take on Karolina Pliskova in the final of the Wimbledon Championships later today. She is bidding to win the second Grand Slam title of her career. It will be interesting to see how she performs.

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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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