“Those Memories are All Through My Childhood”: Ashleigh Barty Recalls How She Entered the World of Tennis

Published 07/22/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 10, 2021 Australia’s Ashleigh Barty poses as she celebrates with the trophy after winning her final match against Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova Pool via REUTERS/Jed Leicester


World No.1 Ashleigh Barty recently won her second Grand Slam title at the Wimbledon Championships 2021. She defeated Karolina Pliskova in the finals to become the first Australian woman who lifted the Championships since 1980.

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Interestingly, Ashleigh Barty is also leading the Australian tennis team at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. In a recent video, she talked about her journey and how she started playing tennis at the age of four.

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“I started playing tennis- we used to drive past a tennis court on my way to my sister’s netball lessons on the weekend,” began Barty in the video. “So, when I was 4-years-old, we used to always drive past the same tennis center, and I just wanted to have a crack. I wanted to have a go and I convinced my mom and dad to let me go out there and play.”

Barty was quite a great netball and cricket player before she became a professional in tennis. Interestingly, it was indirectly because of her sister’s netball practice that the world is witnessing a champion on the court today.

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Ashleigh Barty remembers her first-ever tennis lesson

In the same video, Barty recalled her first-ever tennis lesson as well. It was with her coach, Jim Joyce, with whom she also did her first hitting practice. The Australian believes that all these memories are special to her and she’ll not forget them ever in her career.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 10, 2021. Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in action during her final match against Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova Pool via REUTERS/Mike Hewitt

“I remember my first lesson, hitting out on Court 4 with Jim throwing me the ball for the first time. And I think those memories are all through my childhood. I’ll never forget,” added the World No.1 player.

It is the first time when Ashleigh Barty will be representing her nation at the Olympic Games. She will be facing Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo in the first round of the tournament. Will she be able to win an Olympic Gold for her country this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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