“Focus on the Human Being”: Mindset Coach Reveals How Ashleigh Barty Deals With External Pressure

Published 07/19/2021, 3:22 AM EDT
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


Ashleigh Barty won the women’s singles title at the Wimbledon Championships this year, and it was her first title there. She proved her World No. 1 ranking after clinching the grass-court title this year. Above all her achievements, her humility and off-the-court nature describe her the best.

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Barty’s performance coach, Ben Crowe has described her as a good human being. Her body language and way of talking to people are what make her a better human being.

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Ashleigh Barty gets high praise from Ben Crowe

Ben Crowe has been coaching Ashleigh Barty since 2018, and he looks after her overall performance. The Australian coach has a vast pool of clients in the sports world, as he is a mindset coach. He is the reason behind Barty’s rise up the ranks towards becoming World No. 1.

Ash has done a beautiful job of creating that separation and focusing on the human being and less so the ‘human-doing’. The big lesson is focus on the ‘human-being’, and less so on the ‘human-doing’ and the power of acceptance and gratitude are incredible superpowers to enable you to let go of FOOPO (Fear of Other People’s Opinions) and own your story,” said Crowe in an interview with ABC Radio Brisbane.

Crowe is responsible for Barty’s mindset and her thought process. He is the reason Barty can keep a clear mind and focus on her game better.

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 10, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty celebrates with the trophy after winning her final match against Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova Pool via REUTERS/Mike Hewitt

Barty brought her best version to Wimbledon

Ashleigh Barty had to pull out of the French Open midway, as she faced a hip injury during her second-round game. The medical reports advised her to remain out of action for two months. However, the Aussie worked hard to come back on the court within 23 days. She brought her A-game along with her at the Wimbledon Championships, as she went on to win the tournament.

And if you can focus on that [your own story], and avoid these distractions, it doesn’t mean you’ll win — it just means you’ll bring the best version of you to the dancefloor each day,” said Crowe.

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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

Ashleigh will be a favorite at the Tokyo Olympic Games later this month. The Aussie will be aiming for her first medal at the biggest event in the world.

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Suchit Halder

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Suchit Halder is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Management Studies from St Xavier's College, Mumbai. With a keen interest in writing and sports, Suchit has previously worked as a content writer at Football Counter and worked with the content team for Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021.

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