All You Need to Know About Ashleigh Barty’s Career-Threatening Mental Health Battle and How She Came Out of It

Published 08/24/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 01: Ashleigh Barty of Australia reacts during her Women’s Singles fourth round match against Qiang Wang of China on day seven of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 01, 2019 in Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)


In the modern age, professional athletes face enormous pressure at the top level. Sometimes, it can even burn down their potential before it shines. Such an incident had happened with Australian tennis professional Ashleigh Barty in 2014, who exceptionally overcame a career-threatening mental health battle.

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At 15 years of age, Barty had become the 2011 Wimbledon juniors champion. Soon after, the tennis world saw her as its ‘next big thing,’ and it reached the breaking point in 2014. Consequently, the Aussie star quit tennis and then later even pursued professional cricket.

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Afterward, the Queenslander returned to tennis in 2016 and steadily climbed to the pinnacle of the sport. Because she cut herself loose at the right time, Barty could make a stronger come back.

Ashleigh Barty on her mental health battle

Inevitably, the Australian professional became the World No.1 player in 2019. Following that, she looked back at the challenges she had overcome five years ago.

Although reluctant to go into the details, Barty explained her situation then. “We went through ebbs and flows in that year in 2014,” she began.

“‘I’m not going to go into details of how I felt and what I had to go through, but there was a point when I think I knew I had to stop and, when I made the decision, it was easy.”

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 01: Ashleigh Barty of Australia looks dejected during her match against Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine during day two of the 2018 Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena on January 1, 2018 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

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Additionally, Barty stated that ‘everyone is different and unique’ and has to find their own way to deal with the situation. For her, it was about being mindful of what was happening to her.

“For me, it was just being aware of my mental health. Having a discussion with people was the best thing that came out of it,” Barty concluded.

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Since her return, the Australian professional only moved forward in becoming one of the most consistent women’s tennis players on Tour. Indeed, her decision did bode well for her future.

Ashleigh Barty of Australia celebrates victory after the Women’s Singles final match against Elina Svitolina of Ukraine on Day eight of the 2019 WTA Finals at Shenzhen Bay Sports Center on November 3, 2019 in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province of China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

All in all, sports athletes require great physical and mental capacity to remain successful. While Barty took a step back to leap two steps forward, others have tried diet, exercise, etc., to cope with the pressure.

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Naturally, the Aussie ace is a stellar example for young kids aspiring to become sports athletes. Also, she is one to make many records on the Tour.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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