“Haven’t Changed Any of My True Values”: Ashleigh Barty on Leading a Simple Life After Being No. 1

Published 05/05/2021, 8:10 AM EDT
Tennis – WTA 500 – Stuttgart Open – Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany – April 23, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty reacts during her quarter final match against Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova Pool via REUTERS/Marijan Murat


Australian tennis ace Ashleigh Barty has been on top of the women’s game for a considerable period. Since September 2019, she has been the highest-ranked player in the sport. Although she has not won a Grand Slam since the French Open 2019, she continues to reign as the number one player by winning tournaments regularly. 

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Recently, Ashleigh Barty spoke on various topics, ranging from her journey to becoming the top-ranked player to her association with and owning a Jaguar, a British luxury car company that she endorses.

Tennis – WTA 500 – Stuttgart Open – Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany – April 24, 2021, Australia’s Ashleigh Barty receives a bouquet for her birthday after winning her semi final match against Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina Pool via REUTERS/Marijan Murat

Speaking on this subject, the Australian athlete revealed, “I love my Jag, yes. I drive a Jag. It’s not a chic car, I can promise you. I drive the F-Pace. I love it. I’ve been very fortunate to have many experiences over the last two or three years in my growth and development as a tennis player.”

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Ashleigh Barty has grown but hasn’t changed who she is

Although she has come across numerous situations and phases in her struggle, they have not got the better of her as an individual. On the contrary, they have helped her grow and become a resolute person. While these traits have helped her conquer the world of tennis and expand herself as a person, it has not affected her core values.

Apr 3, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Ashleigh Barty of Australia holds the Butch Bucholz Trophy after her match against Bianca Andreescu of Canada (not pictured) in the women’s singles final in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Adding more to this topic, Barty stated, “Yes, I’ve learned a lot along the way. My experiences as a tennis player haven’t changed me as a person. They’ve certainly helped me grow and develop and become a better person, but they certainly haven’t changed any of my true values or anything that I live by. Whether it’s 1 or 100, as a person I couldn’t care less how the tennis works out.”

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Reflecting on the current season, Ashleigh recently won the title in Stuttgart and prior to that, in Miami. At the moment, she is competing at the Mutua Madrid Open 2021 and has reached the quarterfinal.

After skipping the event in 2020 given the circumstances across the globe, Barty will be eyeing the trophy at Roland Garros this year. Iga Swiatek, someone Ash beat recently in their first meeting, took home the title last year, and Ash will want to win it back from the Pole.

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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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