PRICELESS! Ashleigh Barty Surprises High School Students During the Tough Times

Published 12/18/2020, 10:44 AM EST
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)


The most thrilling experience for any fan is when they get to interact with their favorite player. Not many get to have this experience but students in Australia just did as they got to meet the current World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty.

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2020 has been a terrible year for Australia due to the bush fires, the floods, and the coronavirus pandemic. During such difficult times, a teacher in New South Wales helped her students get through it by citing Ashleigh Barty as an example.

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To thank her teacher, a student wrote a letter to Barty asking her to do a video call. The World No. 1 was touched when she read the letter, which is why she did something better – she went down to visit the school.

The teacher was thrilled to meet her and so were her students. They went on to play some tennis with her and they surely enjoyed it. It was a day that they will definitely never forget.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 20: Ashleigh Barty of Australia celebrates winning match point during her Women’s Singles first round match against Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine on day one of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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Playing tennis with Barty was amazing and now, the students in New South Wales are looking to see her play competitive tennis again. The Australian was absent for most of 2020 due to the pandemic. She is now looking forward to the 2021 season which has a lot in store for her.

One of the first events that the World No. 1 is definitely going to play the Australian Open. She has never won the title but hopefully, that will change next year.

Moving on, Barty also has to play the French Open. Due to the ranking system, she has to defend the 2000 points she earned there in 2019. Clearly, there will be a lot of pressure when she plays there and everyone is hoping that she won’t be affected by it.

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