“My Priority Every Single Day”: Ashleigh Barty Reveals What’s More Important to Her Than Tennis

Published 07/11/2021, 9:30 AM EDT
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


On Cloud 9 after being crowned the first women’s Wimbledon champion from Australia in 41 years after the legendary Evonne Goolagong Cawley, Ashleigh Barty has credited her parents for the person that she is today.

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Speaking to reporters after taking down Czech rival Karolina Pliskova in three sets, the World No.1 said proper upbringing and growing up with the right set of values and principles has had a lot to do with her being an affable athlete and a genuinely good human being.

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On how important it is to be a good human being aside from being a top tennis player, Barty said it is more important to be a good person than a good player.

She added that she has always held dear the values that her parents instilled in her from an early age and that has helped shape her image as one of the kindest and most likeable sportspersons of today.

“I have just tried to live by my values that my parents instilled in me. It’s more important to be a good person than it is a good tennis player,” the 25-year-old Australian said.

She added that she makes it a point to learn from her parents, siblings and other family members and borrow their traits.

“So, I think that’s always my priority, making sure that I’m a good human being and being able to learn from my parents, siblings and my family was a massive part of my upbringing,” Barty said.

The current World No.1 added that as much as she is lucky to have been blessed with an opportunity to learn tennis and support from the family to pursue it as a career, she considers it more fulfilling to be called a good human being.

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“I was just extremely lucky that I was able to have an opportunity to learn how to play the game of tennis. But being a good human being is absolutely my priority every single day,” said the Queensland-born Barty.

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 10, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty with Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova after the match REUTERS/Paul Childs

Speaking courtside after prevailing in three sets against Pliskova in the big final, the Australian teared up when reminded how badly she wanted to win it for Goolagong, her idol.

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Choking with emotion, Barty said she hoped she made her idol proud by what she achieved at the packed Centre Court.

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Priyabrata Chowdhury

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Priyabrata Chowdhury is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. He has been a print journalist for a decade, producing news pages for leading national dailies such as the Hindustan Times and The New Indian Express. His passion for sports eventually drove him to tennis writing.

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