Ashleigh Barty Jumps Into a Whole New Sport Following Her Tennis Retirement at the Age of 25

Published 04/19/2022, 10:00 AM EDT
Australia’s Ashleigh Barty celebrates winning her quarter final match against Jessica Pegula of the U.S. | Credits:REUTERS/Morgan Sette

Former world no. 1 Ashleigh Barty has bid farewell to tennis. The world was taken by a storm because of her abrupt announcement of retirement when she was at the peak of their career. Ashleigh Barty was speculated to try her hand either at cricket or golf. She had recently made her plans public about releasing a children’s book.

Now, the player is moving a step ahead and is going to play professional golf.

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Ashleigh Barty outside tennis

Ashleigh Barty had played in Stuttgart a year before and had won it. She defeated Aryna Sabalenka with a score of 3-6, 6-0, 6-3. Barty won her last grand slam at the Australian Open in her home country in 2022. She then announced her retirement and recently decide to publish a children’s book called ‘Little Ash’. She played a local golf tournament before announcing that she would play a professional golf tournament.

The 25-year-old Australian has been included in Ernie Els’ Rest of the World team for the Icons Series event at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey, on June 30 and July 1. Barty recently won the ladies’ competition at her home club Brookwater, near Brisbane.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 23: Ashleigh Barty of Australia speaks during media day prior to the the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 23, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

She has been actively playing golf after retiring from tennis. She used to play when she was playing tennis professionally too.

Barty in future

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Ashleigh Barty’s early retirement shocked people, but her fans knew she will not settle so soon. She had stated that she had done whatever she could do for tennis and did not have anything more to contribute to the sport. However, we can see she has a lot more to contribute to the other sport. The player, as we all know, is proving to be an asset to not just tennis but also other sport.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 07: Ashleigh Barty of Australia warms up ahead of her match during day two of the 2020 Brisbane International at Pat Rafter Arena on January 07, 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

The player has been an inspiration to millions throughout the world by being the best player by being resilient. She has played tennis since she was young. Now, she wants to explore different fields and we are sure that she would excel in them as well. Iga Swiatek is the new world no. 1 following Barty’s retirement.

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We would love to see Ashleigh Barty be the world no. 1 in golf as well.

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Shivali Sharma

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Shivali Sharma is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. She has pursued her Master's in history from Himachal University, but her love for the game has driven her to write about tennis. Shivali is a huge fan of Naomi Osaka and admires Osaka not only for her on-court performances, but also for her off-court actions.

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